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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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5. When Yang Tosin was starting out as an ordained devotee, she requested a dharma instruction that could serve as a vade mecum for the rest of her life. The Master wrote down for her this list of four vows:
1)Practicing the great Way is a treasure for an eternity of kalpas; momentary glory and shame are like a patch of floating clouds. Therefore, through this eternal hope, I shall transcend the immediate passions that are right before my eyes.
2)Since favorable and adverse sensory conditions provide me with opportunities for learning, and good and bad people alike guide me along the road of practice, I shall never forget to feel joy and gratitude for both of them.
3)Since diligence is the source of the myriad blessings and a love of learning is the foundation of great wisdom, I shall always make these two qualities my lifelong enterprise.
4)I have entered the Order of a great sage, which is difficult to encounter even after successive eons of time, and have in addition become an ordained devotee who has made a vow to devote myself to, and sacrifice myself for, all the worlds of the ten directions. As a person who has met with such a rare opportunity, how dare I waste even a second? As a person who has made such a great vow, how could I jeopardize my entire future by becoming bound up in petty desires? I shall bear in mind this rare opportunity and grave obligation.”