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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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20. A student asked, “Is there any difference in merit that derives from private commemorative rites and rites performed in common?” The Master replied, “The difference in the merit accrued is made manifest according to the sincerity of the sponsoring family and the dharma power of the dharma master, but it makes no difference whether it is a private or public rite. However, since a joint rite conducted by the Order as a whole allows the departed spirits to receive many members’ joint commemoration and many spiritual mentors’ prayers in common, the merit accrued becomes that much greater.” The student asked again, “If the ceremony was conducted by a presider who does not possess great dharma power, can the departed spirit still be delivered?” The Master replied, “Even if the presider does not possess great dharma power, if the presider disinterestedly does his or her utmost as laid out in the Canon of Propriety, then the departed spirit will attain deliverance.”