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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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49. When the road to Kaesŏng was blocked for some months following Korea’s liberation (from Japanese colonial occupation in 1945), the Master wrote these lines in literary Chinese for Yi Kyŏngsun and told her to recite them during her mental affirmation,
The Dharmakāya is fundamentally pure and clear,
The taste of Sŏn is also pure and clean,
Kaesŏng is originally free from barriers,
If one understands this, then there are no obstructions.
The Way of public service is naturally broad and wide,
So too is one’s service to the public,
All the buddhas of the three time-periods,
Have followed this practice.
The Master explained to Song Talchun, “Wherever you are, do not make enemies. Render beneficence even to a cat. Live your life as if you have nothing even when you do, and as if you know nothing even when you do. This is the crucial secret for escaping the calamities of war.”