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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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34. A student asked, “What is the compassionate way of handling an obstinate person who persists to the end in what is wrong.” The Master replied, “If that person refuses to listen no matter how many times you gently admonish him, then it would also be compassionate and loving to apply extraordinary measures in order to reform him. Compassion that ignores others’ wholesome and unwholesome actions is not true compassion; preventing others’ transgressions and suffering is in fact the compassion and loving-kindness of a living buddha. However, if there is hatred in your heart and you have the intent to harm that person, that is not compassion.”