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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

45

45. The Master said, “An ancient Sŏn master said that ‘the even and constant mind is the Way.’ ‘Even’ (p’yŏng) means that there is no differentiation between high and low status or between things and oneself. ‘Constant’ (sang) means annihilation of the gap between past and present and the transition between being and non-being. This refers to none other than our own self-nature; and our self-nature is none other than the great Way of the universe. Hence, if you can clearly comprehend just this truth of the even and the constant, you will be called ‘one who has seen one’s nature’ and ‘one who has mastered the Way.’ However, in one’s use of the mind, even if one has not yet fully awakened to this truth, one can put into practice this even and constant mind according to the situation. Therefore, we must simultaneously inquire into this even and constant truth and apply well this even and constant mind.”