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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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56. A student asked about Buddhist fasting and the anticipatory memorial service that one arranges in advance of one’s death. The Master responded, “The original meaning of Buddhist fasting is to reduce the amount one consumes, thus incurring less debt, and to devote oneself to practice even by forgoing meals. The original meaning of anticipatory memorial services is to cultivate one’s mind and make merit in advance, while one is still alive. However, if one just skips a meal without practicing with a suitable measure, what actual effect could there be? And how can the one-time lavish service before one’s death bring great merit without actually accumulating merit in advance?”