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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Nine: Attending to the Fundamentals

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4. A student asked, “For a person starving to death, wouldn’t a bowl of rice (pap) be more important than the dharma (pŏp)?” The Master replied, “If we were to explicate this in terms of roots and branches, the dharma comes first and the bowl of rice later; however, for nurturing our physical bodies, a bowl of rice comes first and the dharma later. In such a situation, one should first eat a bowl of rice and then, in deciding what is most important for one’s whole life, one should seek clothing, food, and shelter by making the spirit primary and engaging in Cultivation, Inquiry, and Choice.”