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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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55. A student asked, “In Buddhist monasteries, there is a Hall of the Nether Regions that enshrines the ten kings of hell, and it is said that there are also daily and monthly messengers. Is this true?” The Master replied, “The ten kings of the nether regions refer to the ten directions of the realm of Truth. This means that the numinous and bright Truth, which is ubiquitous throughout the worlds of the ten directions, is illuminating all our wholesomeness and unwholesomeness, as well as our transgressions and merit. The daily and monthly messengers refer to the sun and the moon, which continue to alternate from one to the other, hastening death and judgment.”