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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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39. His attendant said, “Some people presume that our Order is a school of traditional Buddhism.” The Master said, “In days past, Śākyamuni Buddha preserved some tenets of Brahmanism, just as Jesus Christ drew on the Old Testament as a source of his teaching. However, no one says that Buddhism or Christianity is a school of the prior religion.” The attendant asked again, “What is the relationship between the doctrine of earlier Buddhism and our dharma?” The Master replied, “Ours is primarily the creation of the Founding Master, but he also renewed or adopted some aspects of the earlier doctrine.”