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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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54. The Master said, “The Fourfold Grace is all a field of merit for us all. Buddhas and bodhisattvas sow the seeds of edification in the public field of this limitless world generation after generation, lifetime after lifetime, and thereby become loving parents for the four forms of life and mentors to the triple world. Ordinary people, however, sow the seeds of profit and greed in the limited, selfish field and, even though they have devoted their whole lives to this effort, little benefit remains for them at the end. Buddhas and bodhisattvas farm the formless mind-field generation after generation, lifetime after lifetime, and forever attain boundless merit and infinite wisdom in the future world. Ordinary people work only on phenomenal things like wealth, sex, fame, and gain; hence, while they are so working, they may feel they are gaining benefits, but when the time comes to leave this world, they will realize it was all in vain.”