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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter One: His Affinities with the Founding Master

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13. In the twenty-eighth year of the Won-Buddhist Era, sixth lunar month (June, 1943), at the funeral service for the Founding Master, Cardinal Master Chŏngsan addressed his sacred spirit in a eulogy: “When you, dear Founding Master, taught and guided benighted people like ourselves, you forgot all hardship and poured out all your love on us. With myriads of expedients and innumerable dharma talks, you guided us who were struggling in the darkness on our path ahead. Without you, dear master, how could we sentient beings, who are ephemeral like dayflies, have found eternal life? Without you, master, how could we foolish persons who could not distinguish between primary and secondary have understood the roots of transgressions and blessings? Without you, master, in this world of numerous temptations, how could we have been awakened to the right Way of humanity? Without you, master, in the midst of endless confusion, how could we have dared hope to achieve buddhahood? When we think of your benefaction, it is as limitless as the heavens above; when we think of your affection, it is deeper than the rivers and seas.”