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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Thirteen: The Fortune of the Way

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10. A student asked, “What kind of energy is that of the Earlier Day (sŏnch’ŏn)?” The Master replied, “The energy of the Earlier Day involves a spirit that does not accord with the new era. Just as the old leaves of the past season inevitably fall so that the new leaves of the coming season can grow, so too the obsolete spirit of the past era, such as selfish desires or superstitious beliefs, will ultimately have no standing in the new world.” The Master continued, “The ancient sages of the East were elders with unobstructed insight who had real penetration, so they have already illustrated the great fortune of both the Earlier Day and the Later Day (huch’ŏn) in (the cosmological diagrams of) the Yellow River Chart (Hetu) and the Luo River Inscription (Luoshu).”