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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Ten: Being Assiduous and Sincere

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1. Cardinal Dharma Master Chŏngsan said, “People of this world typically trust in what is apparent and visible but not what is otherwise. Their attention becomes immersed in external splendors, and they do not attempt to seek internal truth. Although they examine carefully even the tiniest of bits when it comes to immediate gains and losses, they do not give proper consideration to future transgressions and blessings. As a consequence, their actions always fall into mere formality and false appearances, they are unable to cultivate their fundamental abilities, and, after indulging in vanity and avarice each day, they ultimately fall into the pit of transgressive karma. How can this not be pitiable? There is a fable about a buck that was vain about his elegant antlers but despised his unsightly legs. One day he had to flee through the woods from a hunter. What saved him were his legs, which were ugly but quick; what could have killed him were his antlers, which looked magnificent but impeded his escape. This fable is a warning that accurately portrays the reality of this world.”