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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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16. The Master said to his attendant, “In olden days, someone composed verses in literary Chinese, ‘A thousand strands of green willows,/ Ten-thousand specks of red peach blossoms,’ and was satisfied with what he had written. Upon seeing this, his teacher said, ‘Why would there be only a thousand willow branches and only ten-thousand peach blossoms? You should say instead, ‘Strand after strand of green willows,/ Speck after speck of red peach blossoms.’ Thus, the teacher is said to have greatly enlivened those lines. This is a story to which those who record and compile dharma instructions should pay close attention.”