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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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30. In Yŏngsan, the Master wrote the “Nine Articles of Reflection” for his students as a commentary on the Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice: “In accordance with the mind-ground that is free from disturbance, the numinous elixir will gradually grow, and you will be endowed with the capacity of a great person. In accordance with the mind-ground that is free from delusion, the brightness of wisdom will gradually appear, and you will attain the intelligence of a great person. In accordance with the mind-ground that is free from wrong-doing, the power of choosing the right will become ever greater, and you will be endowed with the blessings and merit of a great person. In accordance with the functioning of belief, zeal, questioning, and dedication, your disbelief, greed, laziness, and foolishness will be extinguished, and you will experience success in the great Way. As you turn a life of resentment into a life of gratitude, enmity from your past lives will gradually vanish and at the same time your blessings and merit will increase. As you turn a life of dependency into a life of self-reliance, the accumulated debts from your past lives will gradually be repaid and at the same time your blessings and rewards will also accumulate. As you turn from a person who is reluctant to learn into one with a readiness to learn well, and from a person with a reluctance to teach into one with a readiness to teach well, your knowledge will be plentiful throughout all eternity. As you turn from a person who lacks public spirit into one with an eagerness for the public’s welfare, your authority and virtue will become infinite throughout all eternity.”