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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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42. As he finished his exposition of the Diamond Sūtra, the Master said, “Because the universe is based on voidness and is therefore originally devoid of differentiation, it neither arises nor ceases. Thus, the truth of the retribution and response of cause and effect is perfectly clear. If we aim to cultivate the supreme Great Way, we must first pursue the signless practice, in which the four marks of personhood, the marks of existent dharmas, and even the mark that dharmas are nonexistent are all void, thereby obtaining a state of mind that is like empty space. Second, by cultivating the practice of non-abiding, we must attain to a consummate use of the mind without being enticed by forms, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, and mental states. Third, through the practice of marvelous existence, we must maintain utter impartiality in our minds without being attached to joy and anger, sorrow and happiness, remoteness and closeness, intimacy and distance. If we can become like this, we will soon attain the Supreme Way and have achieved a complete faith and understanding, reception and acceptance, of the Diamond Sūtra.”