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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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34. The Master said, “This world is founded on the principles of mutability and immutability. The formation, subsistence, decay, and dissolution of the universe, the cycle of the four seasons, a human being’s birth, old age, sickness, and death, and the vicissitudes of the good and ill fortune of human life are all associated with the principle of mutability. The principle of immutability is simply thus and natural and hence has neither beginning nor end, neither first nor last; it is the name for the original essence of the nature, which is free from both arising and ceasing. By observing the principle of mutability, we should rectify antiquated customs and cultivate a new state of mind; we should also rectify old systems and create new systems. At the same time, by realizing that the principle of immutability operates amid mutability, we should affirm our original faces in this infinite world and preside over myriad changes; we should also unify our virtue with that of heaven and earth by continuously carrying out our original vow. This means that by observing the principle of mutability in heaven and earth, we should change appropriately in the realm that needs change; and by observing the principle of the immutability of heaven and earth, we should refrain from change in the realm that involves no change. However, since the truths of mutability and immutability are nondual and inseparably interconnected one with the other, you must awaken simultaneously to these nondual principles of mutability and immutability and cultivate thereby your own path of practice.”