THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

Dictionary

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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Nine: Attending to the Fundamentals

51

51. The Master gave a New Year’s sermon titled “Reciting Scriptures to Dispel Calamities”: “According to this country’s traditional customs, on New Year’s Day, every household performs a ritual of offering prayers to dispel calamities by inviting a Buddhist monk or a blind person to recite scriptures. However, there is no firm evidence that this ritual dispels calamities or brings good fortune. If those who recite the scriptures do not understand their true meaning but merely read them with their mouths, then these customs will just end up falling into a kind of superstition. Hence, we should dispel our own calamities not by having someone else read scriptures overnight at the start of the New Year but by reading scriptures ourselves everyday; not just by reading scriptures out loud, but by reading them silently to ourselves; and not just by reading scriptures at our desks at specific times, but by reading scriptures conscientiously during all sensory conditions in both action and rest. If we are able to thoroughly put into practice our scriptures and simultaneously read and utilize well the pragmatic scriptures that are presented to us in the real world, then we will be able to readily dispel all our personal calamities and invite happiness into our homes, society, and nation.”