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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Fifteen: Entrustments

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15. The Master said, “In an old text, there is the phrase, ‘A fruit that is fruitless is the paulownia fruit.’ If we watch children playing, they are boisterous all day long as if they were involved in some great activity, but in fact not much comes of it. Likewise, how often are worldly activities devoid of real effect, even though we rush around and make much noise as if they were something special? Therefore, whether within a family or society, one needs real content rather than outward forms if there is to be room for continuous progress; and after fruition, true inheritors must continue on without interruption. Our Order too must have people who, with a true practice based on a deep-rooted faith, will persist throughout the three time-periods, so that we may progress infinitely rather than bear ‘fruit that is fruitless’.”