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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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58. The Master said, “Supernatural powers are like branches and leaves; seeing the nature and attaining buddhahood are the root. Attending to the root will naturally make the branches and leaves more abundant; but attending just to the branches and leaves will naturally make the root wither away. Since the exercise of supernatural powers is an ancillary matter for the sages, the Founding Master, too, strictly prohibited it after founding the Order. In delivering sentient beings, he resorted to daily propriety and the ordinary Way by just taking the essential dharmas of the Way of humanity as his core principle. This is the unsurpassed great Way.”