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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

45

45. Listening to a student’s explanation of the twelvefold chain of dependent origination, the Master said, “The twelvefold chain of dependent origination involves the same process of rebirth for both buddhas and sentient beings. However, the difference for a buddha lies in his not becoming benighted, because he understands the principle and the path. Against craving, clinging, and becoming—the three causes that operate in the present among the twelve links—a buddha has performed a particular palliative practice: when a buddha encounters the myriads of sensory objects, he does not crave for or abide in anything with a greedy mind, and does not cling to anything with craving or attachment. Though he also engages in all types of action, he has no mind that abides in any of them. Hence, because all his actions are pure and clear, he does not become deluded in the cycle of rebirth and succeeds in transcending it.”