Chapter I – Autobiography

Once, when the Patriarch had arrived at Pao Lam Monastery, Prefect Wai of Shiu Chow and other officials went there to ask him to deliver public lectures on Buddhism in the hall of Tai Fan Temple in the City (of Canton).

In due course, there were assembled (in the lecture hall) Prefect Wai, government officials and Confucian scholars, about thirty each, and Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Taoists and laymen, to the number of about one thousand. After the Patriarch had taken his seat, the congregation in a body paid him homage and asked him to preach on the fundamental laws of Buddhism. Whereupon, His Holiness delivered the following address:-

Learned Audience,

our Essence of Mind
(literally, self-nature)
which is the seed or
kernel of enlightenment (Bodhi)
is pure by nature, and
by making use of this mind alone
we can reach Buddhahood directly.

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Translators’ Note

Based on God’s Truth to teach people, the Saints of all religions left many Scriptures and Sutras, such as The Four Books and The Five Scriptures of Confucianism, Tao Te Ching and Qingjing Jing of Taoism, The Heart Sutra and The Vajra Sutra among the fifty-four hundred volumes of Sutras of Buddhism, The Bible of Christianity, and The Quran of Islam.

These Scriptures encompass everything and their contents are vast and profound, yet, not many can truly understand them. Seeing that mankind is desperately lost in the sea of suffering, Our Enlightened Teacher Ji-Gong Buddha syncretizes the essence of all Scriptures and Sutras into this book, in the form of questions and answers, to awake the lost, and he names this book The Answers to the Truth. Continue reading “Translators’ Note”