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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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26. The Master said, “Let me illustrate again no-thought practice with some examples. 1) To practice the Way and its power and attain the status of buddhas and sages is only possible if one has no thought of having attained such status. 2) To dedicate oneself to the public and become someone who permanently benefits the public is only possible if that person has no thought that he is dedicating himself to the public. 3) To enjoy perennial peace and bliss while living in this world is only possible if one has no thought of attachment to one’s being in bliss. 4) To preserve forever the grace that one has rendered to others is only possible if one has no thought of having rendered it. 5) To preserve forever the authority one has attained is only possible if one has no thought of having attained it. 6) To maintain impartiality when handling an affair is only possible if one has no thought of clinging to either side. 7) To achieve peace of mind whether in action or at rest is only possible if one has no thought of partiality or desire. 8) Not falling into the dust of the dharmas by realizing the great Way is only possible if one has no thought of having performed the practice of no-thought. If one engages in action while being attached to any specific thought, this will then produce millions of calculations and idle thoughts, just as endless ripples follow from the motion of a single wave. The great Way and the great virtue of the myriads of things in the universe all derive from this no-thought. How enormous indeed is the merit of no-thought!”