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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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46. A student asked about the three bodies of the Buddha. The Master replied, “The Dharmakāya, or law body, of the Buddha is a designation for the true essence of the Buddha’s self-nature, which is originally pure and clear and in which all dharmas are void. The Saṃbhogakāya, or enjoyment body, of the Buddha is a designation for the wisdom of prajñā, which is the perfect and well-rounded numinous awareness that reflects back on the self-nature of buddhahood. The Nirmāṇakāya, or transformation body, of the Buddha is a designation for the Buddha’s discriminative mind and physical body, with which he delivered sentient beings using innumerable expedient means.”

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