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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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50. A student asked, “Is worshipping a Buddha image merely an empty formality?” The Master replied, “Depending on the attitude of the worshipper, worshipping a Buddha image can also be efficacious. When a worshipper bows sincerely in front of a Buddha image, one’s mind will become pure and clear. If one creates wholesome causes with such a mind, one will also receive wholesome retributions. Thus, image worship can also be a useful expedient.” The student asked again, “But isn’t making a food offering to an image a pointless ritual?” The Master replied, “It can be a means of expressing one’s state of mind through a material object. However, the sincerity of one’s mind, as expressed through purifying one’s mind and engaging in substantive enterprises, can have an even greater effect.”