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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Two: The Way of Propriety

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2. The attendant asked, “I wonder if the explanations of the rules of proper deportment in all the articles of Part I might not be too detailed and commonplace to dignify them as a ‘scripture’?” The Master replied, “It is the bane of people today to admire lofty and profound theories in any dharma but to denigrate practical learning involving plain and ordinary things. We must deeply awaken to this fact and make keeping the ordinary rules of propriety in daily life the foundation of observing the Canon of Propriety. As for those overly scrupulous exegetical explanations, let us reduce them as much as possible during the final editing of the Canon.”