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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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41. The Master said, “Just as national defense needs to guard the three regions of land, sea, and air, so too does a practitioner need to achieve Māra defeated in three directions, namely, the three sensory conditions of favorable, adverse, and blankness. A favorable condition is one that can entice one’s mind; an adverse condition is one that is offensive to one’s mind; and a condition of blankness is one of mental laziness. Until you reach the status of dharma strong and Māra defeated, you should concentrate your effort mainly on defending against them. After the stage of Māra Defeated, you will be able to make use of all these conditions as if they were your own slaves.”