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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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22. Hearing while he was in Changsu a report of the death of Pak Chebong (Chesan; 1888 1957), the Master declared to the departed spirit, “Oh departed spirit of our comrade Chesan! In the original realm of our nature, there is nothing that can be designated as having come even when we have come, and nothing that can be designated as having gone even when we have gone; accordingly, there is nothing to be particularly sad or happy about. However, in terms of what appears in the phenomenal world, it is also clear that what has come has come and what has gone has gone; accordingly, there is delight in meeting and sadness in parting. Hearing from afar the news of your death, I cannot help but feel sadness at your departure and regret for not being there to fully express my condolences. However, as we come and go in this infinite world in order to realize this single great task, if we preserve intact our original vow and original belief and dedication, then we won’t digress from this task, whether we arrive or depart this world, and coming and going are intended solely for realizing this original task. Why should there be any particular emotion for meeting or parting? Oh departed spirit of our comrade Chesan! I ask that you depart safely within the realm that is free from coming and going and return safely within the realm that is free from coming and going.”