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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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14. The following day, at the installation ceremony for the position of prime dharma master, the Master addressed the sacred spirit of the Founding Master: “Early on, ever since I, your humble servant, embarked on this practice and task under your guidance, I have wholly relied on you in everything, oh Father and Master, with faith as unshakable as Mount Tai. Now, suddenly encountering this heaven-shattering grief (of your death), I am like a lamb who has lost its shepherd, and find it hard to avoid being panic-stricken. However, since the spirit that you, oh Father and Master, have instilled in us remains engraved in my brain and my marrow, I vow that it shall not change over an eternity of kalpas. While it is a cause for qualms that a dullard like myself has to take on the great responsibility of this succession, I will make every effort, while remaining ever fearful and cautious like a man treading on thin ice, to attain and make manifest your spirit, always in accord with your usual teachings. Hence, I pray with utmost sincerity that I may have the cooperation of my fellow members within and the protection of your sacred spirit above.”