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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Fourteen: Birth and Death

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2. The Master said, “In coming and going between birth and death, there are three different spiritual capacities. First is the spiritual capacity of those who come and go between birth and death by being enticed by their attachments and cravings. Along the path between this coming and going, they do not retain right views and always become deluded. Thus, they are reborn indiscriminately, and live and die as if in a drunken or dream state. Furthermore, by being enticed by resentment and hatred, they fall into the baleful destinies (of hell denizens, hungry ghosts, and animals). Second is the spiritual capacity of those who come and go between birth and death by establishing firm resolution. They pursue their practice daily with thoroughgoing faith and aspiration in the Right-Dharma Order. If they keep their final moment of thought pure and clear as they come and go, they will seek out and enter into the Buddha’s order like iron attracted by a magnet. Third is the spiritual capacity for those who freely come and go between birth and death through their own mental powers. This is the spiritual capacity of the buddhas and bodhisattvas, sages and saints, who, having mastered the Three Great Powers as the result of their thoroughgoing practice, choose of their own free will their future comings and goings between the six rebirth destinies.”