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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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9. The Master said, “There are three treasures one should acquire before death: one, merit; two, wholesome affinities of mutual life-giving; and three, pure and clear one-pointedness. Of these three, the most important is pure and clear one-pointedness. Even though one may have accumulated much merit and formed wholesome affinities, these can easily become the stuff of a sign of self and attachment if one does not practice during one’s life. What could be a greater treasure than to purify one’s final thought by thoroughly awakening to the principle of ‘coming empty-handed, going empty-handed’?”