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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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11. The attendant asked again, “In our Order, we are accustomed to praying while having the Dharmakāya Buddha enshrined as the object of faith. However, we don’t pray to either Śākyamuni Buddha or the Founding Master. What is the relationship between the Dharmakāya Buddha and the buddhas who took human form, and how are the Ways of faith distinguished?” The Master replied, “In order to unify all the objects of faith, the Founding Master established the teaching of faith in the Dharmakāya Buddha. The Dharmakāya Buddha is the foundation of all things in the universe, as well as the original nature of all the buddhas and all the sages. The buddhas and sages are also those masters who are not separate from their self-natures. Hence, praying to the Dharmakāya Buddha in fact develops into prayer to all the buddhas and the sages. Furthermore, as for the Way of practicing faith, without the Buddha who took human form, we would not be able to understand the truth of the Dharmakāya Buddha; and without the truth of the Dharmakāya Buddha, the Buddha who took human form would not be able to elucidate it. Thus, although the Ways of faith are nondual, if I were to distinguish them, then I would say that faith in the Dharmakāya Buddha is a faith based on truth, and faith in the Buddha who took human form is belief and reverence based on doctrine.”