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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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16. A student asked, “I would like to know how ignorance arises from our original natures.” The Master replied, “To give you a simile, the sky is originally pure and clear, but according to the movement of a certain pneumal energy, wind is produced. As the wind blows, clouds appear and heaven and earth become dark. In the same way, our natures are originally pure and clear, but ignorance arises according to the action or rest of our minds. If the mind is at rest, it is pure, clear, and bright; if the mind is active, it becomes agitated and ignorance arises. However, if the mind is active but is active amid stillness, then even during activity, there is no agitation and it remains bright just as it is; but if the mind is active amid agitation, then ignorance arises, and the mind becomes benighted.”