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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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61. During his long period of medical treatment, the Master’s appetite often was irregular. Regarding his own condition, the Master said, “If you have an appetite, even a simple vegetarian dish tastes delicious and is nourishing; but if you have no appetite, the richest and rarest of dishes are tasteless and cause indigestion. In the same way, if a person possesses the Way, one can easily handle well even adverse situations and thereby enjoy blessings and happiness; but if one does not possess the Way, one will mishandle even favorable situations and create a source of calamity. Therefore, an exciting or boring life in the world does not just depend on external conditions; it really depends on whether or not one possesses within oneself the power of the Way and the taste of the Way.”