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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Eight: Responses to Occasions

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4. At Yŏngsan the Master said to the students, “The fact that we are subject to transgression and harm that come from outside is a consequence of what we ourselves have done in past and present lives. The principle of the Fourfold Grace is always just as it is and immutable. Goodness teaches us by being good; badness teaches us by being bad. Both are good teachers who give us guidance. If we always think like this, we will forever preserve peace in all situations.” He then composed a verse synopsis in literary Chinese:
Injury is of one’s own making,
Grace is originally unlimited.
The teachers of good and bad,
Both guide me to goodness.
If each and every thought is just like this,
We will forever remain at peace.