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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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3. A student asked, “Please explicate the following two statements, ‘One cannot avoid fixed karma,’ and ‘One breaks through natural karma.’” The Master said, “‘One cannot avoid fixed karma’ means that the prerogative of conferring transgression or merit regarding what has already been fixed as karma belongs to the counterpart. Hence, once that karma has been fixed, it must be received; there is no way to avoid it. ‘One breaks through natural karma’ means that, because the recipient of even the karma so bestowed is oneself, one who has attained freedom of mind will not be constrained by either the transgression or merit of that karma and one’s mind will always be at peace. This is breaking through natural karma.”