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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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5. The Master said, “The ancient buddha Śākyamuni enjoyed a golden body, the status of a crown prince, the riches and honors of his entire future kingdom, a beautiful wife and consorts, the privileges of authority, and an elegant residence and cuisine, all of which were unmatched in this world. However, on perceiving that all these things were delusionary and could not be preserved forever, he left the palace in the middle of the night; after undergoing immeasurable austerities, he ultimately discovered the authentic treasure that is free from arising and ceasing and became the great spiritual guide of humans and divinities for all eternity. In all ages, he is a worthy model for seeking the Way.”