A Buddhist Bible by Dwight Goddard

By Dwight Goddard

An advent to Zen Buddhism.

Published via Beacon Press, fifth printing, 1996.

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Thus, for example, he keeps firmly in his mind a favourable object of concentration that has arisen, as the mental image of a skeleton, of a corpse infested by worms, of a corpse riddled with holes, of a corpse swollen up. This is called the effort to maintain. (M. 70) T ru ly the disciple, who is possessed of faith and has penetrated the Teaching of the Master, is filled with the thought; May rather skin, sinews and bones wither away, may the flesh and blood of my body dry up; I shall not give up my efforts so long as I have not attained whatever is attain­ able by manly perseverance, energy and endeavour!

274-75) Truly, like this path there is no other path to the purity of insight. If you follow this path, you will put an end to suffering. (Dhp. 276) But each one has to struggle for himself, the Per­ fect Ones have only pointed out the way. (M. 26) Give ear then, for the Immortal is found. I reveal, I set forth the Truth. As I reveal it to you, so act! And that supreme goal of the holy life, for the sake of which sons of 34 SELECTIONS FROM PALI SOURCES good families go forth from home to the homeless state: this you will, in no long time, in this very life, make known to yourself, realise and attain to it.

96) And released from Sensual Craving, released from the Craving for Existence, he does not return, does not enter again into existence. 12) For, through the total fading away and extinction of Craving (tanha) Clinging to Existence (upadana) is extin­ guished; thjrough the extinction of the clinging to existence the (action-) Process of Becoming (Bhava) is extinguished; through the extinction of the process of becoming Rebirth (jati) is extinguished; and through the extinction of rebirth 32 SELECTIONS FROM PALI SOURCES Decay and Death, sorrow, lamentation, suffering, grief and despair are extinguished.

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