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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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6. The Master presented these lines in literary Chinese to Yi Chungjŏng: “Make a great vow. Pursuing private enterprise and personal benefit alone is like dew and smoke; to become a buddha in order to save all sentient beings is the greatest of all vows.
“Establish great faith. Nothing is more marvelous nor is any treasure more valuable; it is like the core of an iron pillar and the exterior of a stone wall.
“Arouse great zeal. It is said, ‘If one severs the profit motive at that one source, one’s merit will be a hundredfold; but if one repeats this for three nights and days, its pedagogical value will be ten-thousand fold.’
“Embrace great questioning. Great questioning perforce follows from great faith; and even metal and stone will be penetrated where one-pointedness is reached.
“Conduct oneself with great dedication. If one is truthful and without artifice, inside and outside will be nondual; and if one is consistent from beginning to end, one’s merit will be the same throughout heaven and earth.
“By applying the great Way of Il-Won, deliver innumerable sentient beings and liberate yourself from suffering for an eternity of kalpas.”