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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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53. The Master said, “The realm of the buddhas is where all speech and conduct are governed by right thought. The realm of human beings is where the power of right thought and the passions are split half and half. The realms of sentient beings in the three evil rebirth destinies are where the power of the passions controls everything. In the realm of human beings, the greater the power of right thought, the farther we are from the realms of the evil destinies; the weaker this power, the closer we are to those realms. If you observe well these points, you may easily understand a person’s future prospects. Nevertheless, I do not mean for you to extinguish passions altogether; rather, exercise your passions wholesomely under the governance of right thought.”