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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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14. A student asked, “Are recitation of the buddha’s name and seated meditation the only ways of practicing absorption?” The Master said, “If your mind is focused on one spot and is free from attachments no matter what you are doing, that can be a form of absorption practice. Praying can also be a way of absorption practice. In all matters, and in accordance with the characteristics of each situation, if with sound thought you hone to what you should and let go of what you should, you will attain the great power of absorption.” The Master continued, “Seated meditation is a great path for absorption practice, and praying is a shortcut. If you gain one-pointedness of mind while performing your prayers, then you will gain both the Dharmakāya Buddha’s awesome power and the power that derives from absorption.”