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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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14. The attendant asked again, “Regarding the ancestral tablets in the Hall of Eternal Commemoration (Yŏngmojŏn), with the exception of the Founding Master, we enshrine all our ancestors on a shared tablet. How can all those many ancestral spirits reside in common on one small tablet?” The Master replied, “Enshrining a tablet does not mean that your ancestors’ spirits reside on that tablet; rather it means that, in whichever realm they are now residing, they watch over us. Their watching over us would not be limited to either a thousand li or ten-thousand li, so why couldn’t a thousand or ten-thousand spirits respond at a single spot? Therefore, enshrining them all on a single, shared tablet does not create any disturbance at all in the spiritual realm.”