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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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38. A student asked, “In the item about promotion to the rank of Dharma Strong and Māra Defeated, a passage reads, ‘this is the rank of people who . . . have gained liberation from birth, old age, sickness, and death.’ By attaining the rank of Māra Defeated, is one able to take rebirth at will within the six destinies?” The Master replied, “The rank of Māra Defeated is just the stage of not being attached to birth, old age, sickness, and death. Only when one attains the rank of Beyond the Household can one be completely free and autonomous in rebirth.”