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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Eight: Repose

2. The Way of Rest

As one reaches the time for rest, one should realize the urgency and importance of the great task of birth and death and spiritual concentration, thus devoting oneself to the cultivation of spiritual concentration [samādhi] in daily life. The ways of rest are as follows. 1. Do not obstinately try to look what is not in your line of vision. 2. Do not try to listen to what you do not hear. 3. Do not interfere with what is none of your concern even if you see or hear it. 4. Entrust your son, daughter or other person in charge of matters of livelihood [food, clothes, and expenditure] and do not mind their treatment of you, whether it is generous or stingy. 5. Do not deplore the condition of old age, remembering the days of your youth. 6. Do not attach yourself to your property, your children, or other matters of your concern. 7. Free your mind from thoughts of resentment and regret of the past or present. 8. Do not be dragged by the right and the wrong of your past. 9. Practice seated meditation and the repetition of the name of Buddha [Amitābha] more diligently. 10. Continue the practice of Timeless Zen.