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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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23. The Master said to the departed spirit of Ch’oe Tohwa (Samt’awŏn; 1883 1954), “The human body is the amalgamation and dispersal of the four conditioning elements of earth, water, fire, and wind. The human mind is the arising and ceasing of the seven emotions of pleasure, anger, sorrow, joy, love, hate, and desire. These are all the false body and the false mind. However, within them are a true body and a true mind that—being only clear and pure and ever-numinous, ever-bright and free from darkness while having neither arising nor ceasing, neiher coming nor going—serve as the foundation of all dharmas. This is what is called the radiance of the self-nature. Oh departed spirit, Samt’awŏn! Do you understand this? I sincerely pray that, by relying only on this true body and mind, you will establish your future vow and seek and create future affinities.”