THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Four: Religious Faith

2. The Way of Religious Faith

The Way of religious faith first means choosing well the religion to believe in, for the objects of faith could be inadequate or perfect, false or truthful. Also, the method of faith could be dubious or legitimate, superstitious or realistic. You must select and believe in the religion that has the most truthful object and the most legitimate and realistic method of faith. Second is to combine faith in other-power and self-power. You must cultivate simultaneously the belief in and worship of the object and internal belief and practice by realizing that all truths are originally inherent in one’s own nature. Third is to respect and have sincere faith in the lineage of original guides. You must sincerely revere and have faith in the great master who illuminated the tenets of faith and in his dharma and his dharma lineage, and at the same time go one step further to revere and have faith in all the buddhas and sages of the three time-periods, realizing that all the truths in this world are originally based on a single principle. Fourth is to be consistent in your belief and dedication. Your faith must not regress or end according to circumstances or time; and no matter how difficult the conditions one might face, one should be consistent throughout interminable lifetimes with unswerving belief and dedication.