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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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15. The attendant asked again, “In all rites, how effacacious is the method of relying on exemplary texts in the Canon of Propriety?” The Master replied, “As for the method of praying, when one prays alone, one would generally do so silently. In the case of public rites, in order to unify the content of the congregation’s silent prayer, we perform explanatory spoken prayer. In our rites, this method of relying on ceremonial prayers to perform mental affirmation is led by the ritual presider or a representative of the congregation, who recite the exemplary texts as an explanatory formal prayer, while everyone in the congregation concentrates on the prayer, and ends the prayer by repeating to themselves, “With one mind we pray.” Each exemplary text is designed to serve as a model of the standard; hence, when there is an occasion to pray for some special end, then the texts may be modified according to the case.”