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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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12. The Master said, “Self-power and other-power are inseparably related. Some people overemphasize other-power and stubbornly insist on faith alone; others overemphasize self-power and insist that, since mind is the buddha, there is no need for precepts or the principle of causality. Both positions are either excessive or deficient. As for faith in the Buddha, having faith in the human buddha who attained enlightenment and practicing accordingly is other-power; knowing the truth that our own minds are the buddha and continuing to cultivate this buddha that is none other than one’s own mind is self-power. As for faith in the dharma, to have faith in the dharma that the Buddha illuminated from the realm of his enlightenment is other-power; knowing the dharma of using one’s own mind and acting in accordance with it is self-power. As for faith in the saṃgha, to have faith in the teachers of a religious order is other-power; to discover one’s own true conscience and to conduct oneself accordingly is self-power. In this way, through faith and practice that integrate self- and other-power, one will experience consummate success through their unity.”