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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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50. The Master said, “There are two types of official rank: that bequeathed by humans and that bequeathed by Heaven. That bequeathed by humans can be taken away, but not that bequeathed by Heaven. The buddhas and bodhisattvas place importance on the latter; hence, they take the attainment of the Three Great Powers, internally, as their true glory and the deliverance of the world, externally, as their true occupation, and thereby win praise by all people under heaven. This is the rank bequeathed by Heaven. If you just cultivate well this rank bequeathed by Heaven, the rank bequeathed by humans will naturally follow, so that you will be able to enjoy both kinds of ranks for all eternity.”