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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Eight: Repose

3. The Way of Liberation

There are no limits to worldly affairs and no boundaries to a sense of attachment. Thus, there will be no end to attachments if one tries to handle all human affairs with a sense of attachment. But if they are handled in a state of liberation, there will be neither suffering nor hindrances in either favorable or adverse sensory conditions. Therefore, if we try to gain liberation from all worldly affairs, we first must contemplate the fount of all principles and next apply that truth in all sensory conditions. The Way of liberation means first to contemplate thoroughly the fundamental truth of “no arising and no ceasing,” in which birth and death are essentially nonexistent, and then practically apply that truth to sensory conditions involving saṃsāra so that one will gain liberation from birth and death. Second, contemplate thoroughly the fundamental principle of the self-nature—that suffering and happiness originally are utterly void—and then practically apply that truth to sensory conditions involving suffering and happiness so that one will gain liberation from them.Third, contemplate thoroughly the principle that all discriminations as well as gain and loss are originally the retributions and response of cause and effect in the locus of voidness, and then practically apply that truth to sensory conditions involving discrimination as well as gain and loss so that one will gain liberation from all of them. The statement in the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra, “he beheld that the five aggregates of being were all empty and passed beyond all suffering and distress,” becomes the fundamental principle for the practice of liberation.