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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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7. The Master presented these lines in literary Chinese to his students: “Pine trees and bamboos demonstrate their constancy by enduring frost and snow; bodhisattvas nurture their minds through forbearance. The efficacy of forbearance is like a bamboo shoot at the beginning, then like a bamboo stalk, and finally like Mount Tai; it then achieves the efficacy of not becoming uprooted for ten-thousand years. The power of expanding the mind is like a stream at the beginning, then like a river, and finally like the great sea or deep blue ocean, achieiving an inconceivable capacity. Although the turbulent sense-objects are undergoing change from dawn till dusk, the suchness of the true nature subsists throughout eternity. One who is unaffected by material things is called a person of superior spiritual capacity. Turning the light around and projecting the radiance back on one’s own nature is the path to buddhahood.”