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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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18. The Master said, “There are three methods of accumulating merit. First is the merit of the mind. One aspires to benefit others and to save the world, and prays sincerely on behalf of the public at large. Second is the merit of actions. By rendering virtue through one’s own six sense organs and donating one’s own possessions, one benefits others through one’s actions. Third is the merit of dharma. This is the merit of inheriting the wise mandate of the great Way and the right dharma, turning the dharma wheel throughout the worlds of the ten directions and the three time-periods, and greatly developing this Order of the Way and the power of the Way through one’s spirit, physical body, and material possessions. This last merit is the most fundamental.”