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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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41. The Master said, “Whether buddhas and bodhisattvas, or ordinary people, both are the same in liking what is good and disliking what is bad. But there are differences. Buddhas and bodhisattvas will not accept something that goes against principle, no matter how much it is to their liking; but ordinary people will do so even against principle. Buddhas and bodhisattvas do not cling to hatred and love even when they are faced with the sensory conditions of joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure; but ordinary people become attached to what they like and dislike. Living in this world, both are the same in needing to have a position in order to realize their respective ideas and dreams. However, ordinary people often use position, authority, and wealth as tools to commit transgressions, while buddhas and bodhisattvas use them to benefit people in the world; hence, the more merit the buddhas and bodhisattvas receive and utilize, the more merit and good fortune they come to bestow on all the people of the world. Therefore, buddhas and bodhisattvas always enjoy plentiful merit and good fortune and, accordingly, even articles of daily use that are offered to them will be transformed into sacred items that bring benefit to the world.”