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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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2. The Master said, “The fundamental principle of the Il-Won-Sang involves the eradication of all relative objects; it cannot be described by speech, measured by thinking and calculation, or expressed by names and signs. This is the Il-Won’s essence of true voidness. While being truly void, it also is numinously aware and free from darkness; its radiance pervades the ten directions and its creative transformations manifest freely among the myriad forms. This is the marvelous existence of the Il-Won. Within this true voidness and marvelous existence, the myriads of dharmas are also in operation, creating distinctions between arising and ceasing, coming and going, and wholesome and unwholesome karmic retributions, so that ultimately one progresses or regresses within the six destinies and the four types of birth. This is the cause and effect of the Il-Won. This inseparability between true voidness, marvelous existence, and cause and effect becomes the one truth of Il-Won. The Founding Master took this Il-Won-Sang as the original foundation of the doctrine and then instructed all practitioners to worship it, inquire into it, and practice it so they may easily enter the great Way, transcending sequential steps; and, by having this profound principle revealed to them, they then could apply it directly to practical matters. Therefore, a seeker of Truth has no other place to look apart from this Il-Won-sang, and a seeker of the Way has no other path to search out other than this one. The myriad dharmas are nothing but this one dharma.”