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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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11. The Master said, “The reason the discriminations between sentient beings and sages and wholesome and unwholesome appear from our original nature, which is inherently free of any of these things, is because our original natures contain an ever-bright and ever-spirited numinous awareness. In the case of sentient beings, when their numinous awareness encounters sensory conditions, various idle thoughts emerge because they are enticed by habituations and the power of karma. But in the case of buddhas, because they illuminate sensory conditions with their numinous awareness, always counter-illuminating and tracing back the radiance of the self-nature, their numinous awareness is not drawn out into external sensory conditions, and only the pure and clear light of wisdom appears in front of them. This is the difference between buddhas and sentient beings.”