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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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16. At the memorial service for Yi Myŏnghun, the Master delivered a dharma discourse: “It is a matter of regret for even a tree to be cut down while it is still growing; how much more so for a human being to be cut down early without having fulfilled her great vow and aspiration? Nevertheless, when viewed from the realm of boundless Truth, there is no coming or going between birth and death; one’s lifespan is eternally inextinguishable. Even for a person who dies prematurely, if she has possessed incomparable vows and deep-rooted faith, she will have acquired the treasure of eternal life. Hence, from the standpoint of Truth, there is instead much to bless in her passing away. Furthermore, since she passed her life impeccably as a celibate ordained member, her life cannot be compared to a meaningless, hundred-year-long life. Therefore, you fellow comrades of hers should not stop at grieving over her death but should instead resolve to realize her unfulfilled aspirations by fostering your own strength to take on her share of the work as well. This would be the right state of mind for truly caring for your departed comrade.”