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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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12. The attendant asked again, “Since, in traditional Buddhism, Śākyamuni Buddha is the original teacher, all the adherents’ faith and reverence is focussed on him. However, in our Order, our veneration of the Founding Master is deeper than that for Śākyamuni Buddha. What is the relationship between Śākyamuni Buddha and the Founding Master, and how are the respective Ways of faith and reverence distinguished?” The Master replied, “After the Founding Master attained great enlightenment, he realized that Buddhism is the most fundamental of all the religions and Śākyamuni Buddha the holiest of all the sages and saints. Hence, the Founding Master himself adopted Śākyamuni Buddha as his original guide; and since we have encountered the Founding Master’s Order and received the dharma from him, if we were to describe our relationship, Śākyamuni Buddha is like our grandfather and the Founding Master is like our father, and as for the Ways of faith and reverence, we should revere the grandfather as the grandfather and the father as the father. However, it is inevitable that our moral sensibilities and affections are directed more toward our father.”