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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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13. While he was compiling the Canon of Propriety, the Master composed a farewell address to use during the funerary rite: “Spirit of the deceased! The four conditioning elements of earth, water, fire, and wind, which comprised your physical body, are already dispersing, the six sense faculties of eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind are now losing their physicality and mentality. Accordingly, the wealth and beauty, the fame and profit, that you, oh spirit of the deceased, enjoyed have already turned into the stuff of dreams; you will never again meet your friends, relatives, and family members with your old face. Hence, what benefit is there in thinking about them? What good will come from being attached to them? Your past lifetime, whether it involved suffering or happiness, prosperity or poverty, is already over. Hence, we sincerely pray and earnestly entreat you not to let the slightest attachment from your previous life linger in your thoughts; rather, by discovering your original true master who does not come and go between birth and death and in whom defilements and idle thoughts are extinguished, attain without fail the fruition of buddhahood in your future world and bestow benefits on the public; and, having been reunited in the Buddha land and paradise of Ultimate Bliss with all the wholesome affinities formed in your lifetime that has just finished, accomplish the single enterprise of the Way together.”