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  Bodhidharma: On Mind-Watching

 

XXIV. Do Not Fallaciously Build Buddha-Statue of Temple

Foolish people today think that erecting the visual form of a building is of great virtue and merit.

They spend a lot of money and materials.

By doing it they fallaciously kill creatures on the earth and in the water.

And they uselessly, they use manpower to build; wasting the wood boards and blocks and coloring them. It exhausts themselves and confuses others shamelessly.

Now what enlightenment will result?

While one talk about dharma of form-of-doing, they eagerly follow it, but, when they are told of the dharma of formless-doing, they become like a non-responsive blockhead.

While looking for small entertainment, they do not foresee the great suffering in the future.

This kind of study will not only tire them but also cause them to turn their back upon the right way and to turn toward the evil path.

Deceivingly they say, gain the fortunes.

XXV. Final Advice on Mind-Watching

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