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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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15. A student asked, “You mentioned that pneuma and numinous awareness are nondual. Why, then, can’t we see the numinous awareness in vegetation?” The Master answered, “There are distinctions in the transformations of the myriad things. When numinous awareness is primary and becomes charged with pneuma, it becomes an animal; when pneuma is primary and becomes charged with numinous awareness, it is vegetation. Animals have individual numinosity, but vegetation contains only a single pervasive numinosity.” The student asked again, “What is the relationship between this pervasive numinosity and individual numinosity?” The Master replied, “When the mind is at rest, it unifies with the pervasive numinosity; when it is active, individual numinosity appears. Thus, we are unified with the power of the Way when we are at rest; and we engage in different karmic actions when we are active. Human beings do not unify with the pervasive numinosity only at the moment of death; rather, they can do so in both life and death.”