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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Five: Foundational Principles

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1. Cardinal Master Chŏngsan, at the ceremony of enshrining the (Il-Won-Sang Dharmakāya) Buddha at a temple, gave a dharma talk: “If we were to describe the fundamental meaning of the Dharmakāya Buddha, it is that realm in which words and speech, names and signs, are eradicated. If we were to describe its real essence, there is nothing in the universe that is not the Dharmakāya Buddha. Hence, even if the Il-Won-Sang were not enshrined, the truth of the Dharmakāya Buddha remains always simply thus. However, for us general devotees, if the object of worship is not visible, it is difficult to know either that place where the mind can take refuge or the model for practice. And even if we do know them, it is easy at times to lose the standard for assessing their own minds. Thus, the Founding Master encouraged devotees to enshrine the Il-Won-Sang, the symbol of the Dharmakāya Buddha, either at a temple or at home and to revere it as the object of faith and the model for practice whether in walking, standing, sitting, reclining, speaking or keeping silent, active or at rest. Hence, by enshrining and worshipping the Il-Won-Sang as the standard, we must discover the true Il-Won-Sang, keep the true nature of Il-Won and carry out the consummate mind of Il-Won. By bringing our lives into complete accord with the truth of the Il-Won-Sang, all of us must become the true masters of immeasurable blessings and immeasurable wisdom.”