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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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6. The Master said, “If you are given only the name of someone you do not know, it is hard to know anything about that person because all we have is a name. But if you are shown a photograph, you will be more apt to have some idea about that person. In the same way, because the Founding Master has himself shown the photograph of the specific substance of the Truth through the Il-Won-Sang, it has become much more convenient for students to grasp that realm. The Il-Won-Sang is the photograph of the Truth in its totality. If we take this photograph of the Truth as the object of inquiry and continue our devotion, then anyone can easily understand the realm of authentic Truth. The Founding Master said, ‘Traditional Buddhism was an era of a single Tathāgata and a thousand bodhisattvas; but in the future thousands of tathāgatas and myriads of bodhisattvas will appear in the world.’”