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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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6. The Master said, “‘Sending on to deliverance’ means to guide the departed spirit to leave behind suffering and to attain happiness, to stop doing what is unwholesome and cultivate what is wholesome, and to turn from delusion to awakening. True deliverance occurs when one has sent the departed spirit on to deliverance until there is nothing further to deliver because that spirit’s one-pointedness of mind has become pure and clear. Although our minds are formless, they unite with the great energy of the universe when they gain one-pointedness of mind. Hence, if practitioners gather at a pristine practice site and offer prayers with utmost sincerity, the faculties of the deceased’s spirit will be influenced thereby and will readily be sent on to deliverance. Hence, this becomes one of the most important activities one’s descendents and posterity can carry out on behalf of the deceased. However, a ceremony alone will not suffice: the most important thing is for a person to exert his or her utmost effort during everyday life to accumulate merit toward one’s own deliverance; and the survivors on their part should not stop at attending deliverance ceremonies, but should continually offer mental affirmations and perform wholesome deeds on behalf of the deceased person, so that the merits of the deceased will affect the world for a long time. That, too, will be an important condition for deliverance.”