THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

Dictionary

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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Seven: Exhortations to Practice of the Way

6

6. The Master said, “Of all the vows in this world, the Four Great Vows are the greatest. First, even though there may be no limit to the number of sentient beings, we vow to deliver them all. In order to actualize that vow, we endlessly extinguish defilements, study dharma teachings with utmost sincerity, and continuously cultivate the Way of the Buddha throughout all eternity. By doing so, we will eventually accomplish the great vow of attaining buddhahood and delivering all sentient beings. The difference between buddhas and bodhisattvas and ordinary sentient beings is like that between a majestic tree and a young sprout: once it has matured, even a young sprout will become a tall tree; so too, even sentient beings, by continuously practicing, will become buddhas and bodhisattvas. Therefore, no matter how difficult the task, there is nothing that cannot be accomplished if one keeps trying; but if one does not try, nothing can be accomplished. If we steadily practice these Four Great Vows with a firm realization that we and the buddhas are nondual, then there will be nothing that cannot be accomplished.”