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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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17. Listening on his sickbed to the sacred hymns students sang, the Master said, “In my childhood, I took them as heavenly words and thought, ‘Through music and the joyful arts, I will save the world.’ An ancient sage also once said, ‘There is nothing like music and the joyful arts for rectifying morals and transforming the manners of the age.’ Thus, do not consider hymns to be mere song. They contain truth, so sing them reverently while pondering the words.”