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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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28. A student asked, “I would like to learn about mastery of the Way, mastery of the dharma, and mastery of the supernatural.” The Master said, “Mastery of the Way is seeing one’s nature; mastery of the dharma is establishing laws and rules in accordance with principles; mastery of the supernatural is gaining the illumination of divine numinosity.” The Master continued, “You should first achieve mastery of the Way and mastery of the dharma and only then achieve mastery of the supernatural. If a person achieves mastery of the supernatural first, one can easily fall into perversity and error, and one’s practice will not advance, either.” He continued, “Exercising supernatural abilities is an ancillary matter for a sage. If the presiding sage occupies himself with the exercise of supernatural abilities, then who will take care of the Way of humanity and righteousness? In this new world, there is no need for sages to make use of supernatural abilities, for all of scientific civilization is none other than the exercise of supernatural abilities.”