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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

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13. Concerning the Threefold Study, the Master said: “Traditional Buddhist practice also involves a threefold study, but its practice of precepts, absorption, and wisdom is different from our Threefold Study. In the Buddhist tradition, precepts (śīla) mostly derive from the texts of the Vinaya and are focused on the individual practice of observing the precepts. However, our “Choice in Action” (ch’wisa) is the essential study for choosing without exception all those essential practices for self-cultivation, regulating the family, governing the nation, and realizing peace in the world. Wisdom (prajñā), too, is explained as the wisdom that is generated from the self-nature, but our “Inquiry into Human Affairs and Universal Principles” (yŏn’gu) is the study that involves gaining knowledge about all things and principles. Absorption (samādhi) was taught by the Buddhist tradition as the emphasis on meditative concentration, but our “Cultivating the Spirit” (suyang) is training in one-pointedness, which does not depart from the self-nature whether we are in action or at rest. Success in anything will not be possible without our Threefold Study; thus, there is no more consummate practice than this.”