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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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25. The Master continued, “Morning and evening prayers are rituals for venerating our fundamentals; they are designated times for attending to our minds. Hence, if you feel negligent due to physical and mental weariness, reflect back on your original purpose and perform those prayers earnestly with a renewed spirit. Early morning seated meditation is a great time to try to perceive our innocent, original face; therefore, if weariness rather than some physical ailment makes you negligent, observe that schedule if only for a short while, by reflecting on your original purpose. Regular dharma meetings and evening dharma meetings are special occasions for feeding our spirits; hence, even if you feel like neglecting them because you are trapped in the complexities of life, attend these meetings with unremitting sincerity by reflecting on your original purpose. Precepts are the life force of practitioners and the ladder for attaining buddhahood; hence, even if you feel like neglecting them by chasing after your mind’s foolish demands, observe them even at the risk of death by reflecting on your original purpose. Scriptures are the bright lanterns that correctly guide us along the path ahead; hence, if you become negligent by having your free time stolen away with other things, make every effort to deepen your acquaintance with them by reflecting on your original purpose.”