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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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28. The Master said, “When we consider the principles of heaven and earth—if you ask from where things that are endowed with form and shape come, they come from nonbeing; and if you ask to where existent things return, they return to nonbeing. Even so, the people of this world work hard only at those things that have form and shape but don’t know to truly work at those things that are free from form and shape. How can this not be a vain enterprise? If you instead exert half the effort you put into things that have form into the formless mind, that would be an excellent practice and the things that are endowed with form and shape would follow along accordingly. Also, when dealing with others, if you vanquish them to your heart’s content, there will be nothing left to look forward to. Having made merit, if you arouse a thought of having made merit or if you receive pay-back right away, there then will be no blessings left for later. Do act, but act with generosity; make blessings but accumulate a lot of hidden virtue. With money, too, more interest will be accumulated if you save for the long haul. In the same way, blessings become greater if they are hidden. I must be in somewhat inadequate or harsh circumstances for there to be brighter days ahead. The fact that the Ch’ŏn’gang Star occupies an unlucky position in the sky but nevertheless points in an auspicious direction indicates that one has to be in a disadvantaged position to be well served later.”