A Buddhist Bible by Dwight Goddard

By Dwight Goddard

An creation to Zen Buddhism.

Published by means of Beacon Press, fifth printing, 1996.

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One should understand according to reality and true wisdom:—This does not belong to me; this am I not; this is not my Ego. 3. What now is the Heating Element? The heating element may be subjective, or it may be objective. And what is the subjective heating element? The dependent properties which on one’s own person and body are heating and radiating, as that whereby one is heated, consumed, scorched, whereby that which has been eaten, drunk, chewed or tasted, is fully digested, or whatever other dependent properties which on one’s own person and body are heating and radiating—this is called the sub­ jective heating element.

He avoids vain talk, and abstains from it. He speaks at the right time, in accordance with facts, speaks what is useful, speaks about the law and the discipline; his speech is like a treasure, at the right moment accompanied by arguments, mod­ erate and full of sense. This is called right speech. i 17) Now right speech, let me tell you, is of two kinds: 1. Abstaining from lying, from tale-bearing, from harsh lan­ guage, and from vain talk; this is called the Mundane Right Speech which yields worldly fruits and brings good results.

21 (5) ) Therefore, whatsoever there is of bodily form, of feeling, of perception, of mental formations, of consciousness, whether one’s own or external, gross or subtle, lofty or low, far or near: there one should understand according to reality and true wisdom: This does not belong to me; this am I not; this is not my Ego. g) If now any one should ask: Have you been in the past, and is it untrue that you have not been? W ill you be in the future, and is it untrue that you will not be? —you ought to say that you have been in the past, and that it is untrue that you have not been; that you will be in the future, and that it is untrue that you will not be; that you are, and that it is untrue that you are not.

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