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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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4. The attendant asked again, “All funerary rites are carried out by placing a photograph or funerary tablet (of the deceased) right in front of the Dharmakāya Buddha. In the order of the service as well, the rites before the Buddha and the rites before the deceased’s spirit are both performed at the same place. Isn’t this a bit muddled?” The Master replied, “The truth of the Dharmakāya Buddha subsumes the whole universe; hence, there is no harm in placing the deceased’s funerary tablet on the Buddha altar. As far as distinguishing between them, so long as the mind of the celebrant differentiates between the Buddha and the deceased, they are naturally differentiated in accordance with his or her mind.”