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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Eleven: Dharma Admonitions

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49. The Master said, “Zhu Xi said, ‘Brambles grow back again even after being pruned, but irises and orchids die easily even when cultivated with care.’ It is difficult for us to engage in wholesome acts but easy to commit unwholesome ones. Exert yourself to prune unwholesome states of mind just as they begin to sprout, and maintain and cultivate wholesome states of mind, so that the wholesome roots of the seed of buddhahood will take deep root over innumerable lifetimes.”