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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Nine: Attending to the Fundamentals

47

47. The Master said, “For a practitioner, the birthday of the mind is more important than the birthday of the physical body. Our mind’s great birthday is the day when our mind arouses a great aspiration for the great Way that is free from arising and ceasing. Our mind’s birthday is also that day when we take ahold of our minds, which may have retrogressed during practice, and stimulate our minds anew. Our mind’s birthday is also that day when, in response to sensory conditions, we arouse with each thought a luminous mind and a wholesome mind. Just like the ancient man of the Way’s saying, ‘Everyday is a good day,’ we should spend our days as if ‘everyday is our birthday.’ I hope that you will reflect on your original vow every day and month and keep arousing wholesome thoughts, so that you will live luminous lives in the infinite world and become great figures who bring benefit forever to the whole wide world.”