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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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22. The Master said, “When a thought arises, ascertain whether it concerns what is public or private, right or wrong, and turn it toward the public and the right from the very beginning. As the saying goes, ‘A gust of wind can blow through a hole made by a needle.’ The instant a selfish thought enters a corner of your mind, rectify it by immediately reflecting on your original aspiration so that you will have no regrets in the future. Even at a practice site, if you pass the time without conscientious practice, you may be able to make it through the present lifetime, but in your next, you inevitably will leave the Order and retrogress. The transgressions one commits in the Order have far greater karmic consequences than those made in a private household. Hence, be fully aware of this, so that you have no regrets on the eternal path. A mind that reflects on the original aspiration is a mind that is close to the Buddha; therefore, a practitioner should think only of the Way and emulate only the Buddha.”