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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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35. The Master said to the students, “All things accrue to those who are earnestly seeking. The past buddha Śākyamuni achieved the Way upon seeing the Morning Star not because that star had any special significance; rather, he finally awakened because his mind sought earnestly to resolve all his questions about human beings’ birth, old age, sickness, and death, which grew and grew until they peaked. Our Founding Master, too, from the age of seven se onward, observed the natural phenomena of the universe and the earnest sincerity to seek the Way sprouted in his mind; this aspiration grew and grew until it finally led to his attaining great enlightenment. Therefore, in listening to dharma discourses, there is a vast difference between listening attentively and inattentively, just as seeing and hearing all human affairs and universal principles with an inquiring mind is different than seeing and hearing them heedlessly. If you study any doctrine while always bearing in mind The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism, those doctrines will become ever more lucid; but if you only listen to doctrines without doing this, they will only disturb your thoughts. Therefore, the Founding Master said that we should clarify our minds by engaging in seated meditation during the early morning and examining universal principles through scriptural study during the day.”