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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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24. The Master said, “The vow to attain buddhahood and deliver all sentient beings is the loftiest and grandest of all human aspirations. A place where people live together in order to attain buddhahood and deliver all sentient beings is the world’s most sacred and precious place. Then, how important are our duties and how precious our lives! But it is easy for the mind to slack off after a while and to become disturbed when faced with sensory conditions. At a time like the present, when people’s sentiments are changing from morning to evening because of political unrest and social complexities, there is a real concern even at our practice site that we may forget our original obligations before we know it, if we allow ourselves to be even slightly negligent and do not take care of our minds. Hence, we must be extremely cautious so that we will not forget to reflect steadily on our original purpose as the time passes or as we face sensory conditions. As our practice matures over a long period of time, we will eventually reach our goal automatically without having to reflect on it. As our practice matures, this world will naturally transform into a buddha-land.”