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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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31. The Master said, “The quintessence of Buddhism is voidness; but if one approaches it incorrectly, one falls into the delusion of voidness. The quintessence of Confucianism is proper norms; but if one approaches them incorrectly, one becomes narrow and inflexible. The quintessence of Daoism is non-action and spontaneity; but if one approaches them incorrectly, one becomes self-indulgent and licentious. The quintessence of science is analysis and accuracy; but if one approaches them incorrectly, one becomes entrapped in existence and attached to materiality alone. If one does not incorrectly enter these four paths but wisely utilizes all these quintessences, then one will achieve what may be called a consummate dharma lineage and attain a consummate personal character.”