MAHÀ PRAJÑÀ - PART ONE
The contemplation of others’ bodies and then of both his own and others’ bodies should be taken up in like manner. The stations of mindfulness with regard to feelings, with regard to thoughts, and with regard to dharmas should each be taken up in this manner as well. This is what is meant by, ‘a bhikshu should take refuge in himself, take refuge in the Dharma, and should not take refuge in anything else.’”
“From this very day, The Scripture on the Liberating Precepts is your great Master. In one’s physical actions and verbal actions, one should conduct oneself in accord with the declarations of The Scripture on the Liberating Precepts.
“As for the bhikshu Chandaka, after my nirvana, treat him according to the brahman (silent treatment) method. If his mind becomes pliant and submissive, he should be taught the Sa×thakÁtyÁyana Sutra. Then he may be able to attain the Way.
“As for the treasury of Dharma jewels which I have accumulated throughout the course of three asa×khyeya kalpas, one should place this phrase at the beginning of [the scriptures in] this treasury: ‘Thus I have heard, at one time the Buddha was at such-and-such a country in such-and-such a direction, in the forest at such-and-such a location...’ Why? This phrase has been spoken at the beginning of the scriptures of all of the Buddhas of the past. This phrase shall also be spoken at the beginning of the scriptures of all of the Buddhas of the future. All of the Buddhas of the present, at the very end, at the time of their Parinirvana,--hey too instruct that this phrase should be spoken. Now, after my Parinirvana, at the beginning of the scriptures, one should also declare, ‘Thus I have heard at one time...’” c
To be continued