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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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44. Listening to a student’s explanation of the Four Noble Truths, the Master said, “Of the eight types of suffering treated in the truth of suffering, the first four types of sufferings—birth, old age, sickness, and death—are inevitable, innate types of suffering. The latter four sufferings, such as the suffering that derives from not getting what we want, are volitional types of suffering that we make anew. As for the truth of origination: our physical body, which is the amalgamation of the four great elements of earth, water, fire, and wind, is also the inevitable, innate type of origination; our mentality, which is the amalgamation of the four aggregates of sensation, perception, impulses, and consciousness, is the volitional type of origination, which is always made anew. For the innate types of suffering and origination, taking them in stride is the right approach to practice; for the volitional types of suffering and origination, continuously making wholesome karma that leads to peace and happiness is the right approach to practice.”