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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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5. The Master said, “‘Dharmakāya Buddha’ is the name for the Truth Buddha, which is the original source of the myriad dharmas. ‘Sambhogakāya (Enjoyment Body) Buddha’ and ‘Nirmāṇakāya (Transformation Body) Buddha’ are the names for different stages in the manifestation of Truth. The Nirmāṇakāya Buddha includes both buddhas of the full transformation body itself, who embody the Truth as it is, and the buddhas who are partial transformations, who do not fully embody the Truth. The ‘buddhas of the full transformation body’ is a name for all the buddhas and sages; the ‘buddhas who are partial transformations’ is a name for all sentient beings. Though they might be sentient beings now, they are referred to as buddhas of the partial transformation body since they all possess the buddha-nature. Therefore, we must understand that when our minds are pure, clear, and upright, we are buddhas of the full transformation body; but when our minds are errant and benighted, we are buddhas of the partial transformation body.”