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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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23. The Master said, “While living at a practice site, you must distinguish between host mind and guest mind. What is our host mind? Do we live at this site to gain money, power, reputation, or other pleasures? We have gathered at this spiritual site with the purpose of achieving buddhahood and delivering all sentient beings. Hence, that striving to attain buddhahood and to deliver sentient beings is host mind. If we let go of our host mind and, enticed by guest mind, lead a life where host and guest are reversed, what will become of our future? Therefore, though you may occasionally make good use of guest mind while always fortifying a host mind that is like iron and stone, never allow your guest mind to take control of your host mind. Only thus will you firmly establish what is fundamental.”