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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Seven: Exhortations to Practice of the Way

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2. The Master said, “Words that are exciting while one is listening to them, but leave nothing to hold on to afterward, are simply fine words; words that may seem unassuming at first, but prove marvelously rich the more one thinks back on them, are an excellent dharma instruction. Words that are elaborate but have nothing of substance are convoluted words; words that are succinct but have rich meanings with clear ways of utilizing them are an excellent dharma instruction. The wise are able to find dharma talks in even the noisy exchanges and idle talk of the marketplace; hence, they gain understanding even from the unskilled speech of neophytes. But those who scrutinize even the words of distinguished spiritual mentors just to compare their cleverness to their own fail to obtain any real benefit. How could this not be a great loss? Those expounding the dharma ought to reflect on their own knowledge and conduct when they speak; but the audience will derive benefit if they hone just to the teachings and put them into practice without being concerned about the preachers’ conduct.”