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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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52. The Master said, “The Buddha expounded three types of scriptures to be read in accordance with our spiritual capacities. First are scriptures written on paper in ink. Second is the scripture of real life displayed in all the myriad forms in the universe. Third is the formless scripture that is originally complete in our self-nature. The scripture of real life is greater than the written scripture, and the formless scripture is even more basic than the scripture of real life.” He added, “It is said, ‘Before a sage is born, the Way lies in heaven and earth; after the birth of a sage, the Way lies with the sage; after the sage passes away, the Way lies in scriptures.’ The fortuitous and natural Way of heaven and earth is the greatest scripture of all.”