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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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49. A student asked about the three refuges. The Master replied, “‘I take refuge in the Buddha, most esteemed among two-footed creatures’ refers to living in reliance on him who is the first to be enlightened, who possesses the ‘feet’ of both merit and wisdom. Just as the seed of a plant needs to be planted in soil so that it will be able to send out roots and grow, so too should we plant the root of our minds in the enlightened Buddha, who possesses both merit and wisdom. Thereby, we live our lives with resolute faith that will not waver amid favorable or adverse sensory conditions, while internally relying for our spiritual cultivation on the buddha inherent within our own minds. ‘I take refuge in the dharma, most esteemed in overcoming desires’ refers to relying on the Buddhadharma and extinguishing our greed. Just as a spider lives by relying on its webs, so too should we live our lives by relying on the dharma rules and regulations of the buddhas and sages, while internally reflecting back on the radiance of the self-nature as our spiritual cultivation. ‘I take refuge in the saṃgha, most esteemed of congregations’ refers to practicing by relying on those teachers who are advanced in the Way and its Power. This includes not only members of the saṃgha and other religious workers, but also everyone from people who are good and have faith up through all the saints and sages. Let us study Truth and morality by relying on these spiritual mentors, while internally taking our own consciences as our teachers in our spiritual cultivation.”