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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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41. As he was lecturing on the Diamond Sūtra, the Master explained the passage “. . . we cannot see the Tathāgata through his physical form or his voice”: “One cannot claim that one has perceived the character of a person just by looking at the person’s physical appearance. Only by observing such things as the person’s dignity, language, knowledge, and the use of his mind can a person claim to have truly seen another. In the same way, in seeing the Tathāgata, there is a realm that an ordinary human being cannot perceive. By awakening to the realm in which all signs are void and by transcending being and non-being wherein self and others, this and that, are all extinguished, one will perceive his Dharmakāya, Saṃbhogakāya, and Nirmāṇakāya in their entirety. Only then will one have seen the entirety of the Tathāgata.”