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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

36

36. Explicating the item in the “Dharma Status” that reads, “. . . establish right and wrong, benefit and harm, in human affairs, according to the principles of great and small, being and non-being,” the Master said, “A sage necessarily establishes the various dharmas for human beings in response to the Truth of the universe. As for the dharma of Won-Buddhism, the fundamental principle of Il-Won-Sang is the dharma constructed in response to the principle of the great; the contents of the Fourfold Grace are dharmas constructed in response to the small; all other dharmas, such as cause-and-effect and the precepts, are dharmas constructed in response to being and non-being. Therefore, all the dharmas of a sage are constructed in full accordance with right and wrong, benefit and harm, without violating these principles. And when these methods are applied to individual practice, the instruction for us always to accept the essential nature of Il-Won as the essence and to cultivate the one-mind, that is, Sŏn, is the dharma of applying the great; the instruction for us to carry these out by understanding well the Way of requiting grace and performing a buddha offering in every matter and every place is applying the small; the provision for utilizing one’s mind in accordance with being and non-being but without becoming attached to them, and preparing ahead and ensuring the success of one’s enterprise by understanding the Way of change, are the dharma of applying being and non-being.”