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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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48. The Master said, “There is a certain difference in the criteria of the five blessings in the secular and the transcendent worlds. In the ‘Great Plan’ chapter of the Book of History (Shu jing/ Shu zhuan), longevity, wealth, health, a love of virtue, and a peaceful death are called the five blessings. In the ordinary world, however, longevity, wealth, honor, health, and numerous sons are called the five blessings. Ordinary people understand longevity simply as the long life of the physical body, but practitioners know that it means awakening to the truth that is free from arising and ceasing. Ordinary people presume wealth means owning lots of personal assets, but practitioners know that it means realizing that all the worlds of the ten directions are one’s own property. Ordinary people presume that honor only means gaining fame and official position, but practitioners know it means that all their actions are in accordance with the dharma and the proper measure, thereby fulfilling the highest spiritual values. Ordinary people presume that health means avoiding physical ailments, but practitioners know that it means having no defilements or attachments in their minds. Ordinary people presume that having many descendents means to have many of their own offspring, but practitioners know that it means taking all sentient beings throughout the world of the ten directions as your own family. Furthermore, there is this principle: if you acquire the five transcendent blessings, the five secular blessings will naturally accrue to you. Hence, by gaining this fundamental source of the five blessings, you should make every effort to enjoy the five secular and transcendent blessings.”