The Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice (The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism)
1. The mind ground is originally free from disturbance, but disturbances arise in response to sensory conditions; let us give rise to the absorption (samādhi) of the self‐nature by letting go of those disturbances.
2. The mind ground is originally free from delusion, but delusions arise in response to sensory conditions; let us give rise to the wisdom (prajñā) of the self‐nature by letting go of those delusions.
3. The mind ground is originally free from wrong‐doing, but wrong‐doings arise in response to the sensory conditions; let us give rise to the precepts (śīla) of the self‐nature by letting go of those wrong‐doings.
4. Let us remove unbelief, greed, laziness, and foolishness by means of belief, zeal, questioning, and dedication.
5. Let us turn a life of resentment into a life of gratitude.
6. Let us turn a life of dependency into a life of self‐reliance.
7. Let us turn a reluctance to learn into a readiness to learn well.
8. Let us turn a reluctance to teach into a readiness to teach well.
9. Let us turn a lack of public spirit into an eagerness for the public’s welfare.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Chwasan (Yi, Kwangchŏng, b. 1936) was the fourth Head Dharma Master who succeeded Venerable Daesan’s Dharma seat.
With the slogan of “Outward, toward the Future, to Society, and to the World!” he emphasized on education, establishing organizational structure and firm financial basis of the system.
Especially, he made great efforts to expand and refine the translation work of the scriptures.
His leadership led to the birth of the Won Buddhist radio station(www.wbsi.kr) and the official military edification in Korea as well as the foundation of Won Dharma Center in the US.
In the 9th year of his service as the fourth Head Dharma Master, he retired and is living now as a Head Dharma Master Emeritus.
1. Today (Reflection on Daily Practice)
2. Let Us Practice the Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice Throughly
3. Let Us Give Rise to the Absorption, the Wisdom, and the Precepts of the Self‐Nature
4. The Principles of Disturbance, Delusion, and Wrong‐doing, and Examples of Their Progression
5. Dharma Words with Regard to Sensory Conditions
6. How to Confront Sensory Conditions
7. The Dharma Instruction With Regard to the Threefold Study
8.“Belief,”the Most Important Element in Taoism
9. The Way of Faith
10. To Give Rise to Zeal is the Life Force of Our Spirit
11.“Questioning,” the Motive Force that Seeks to Find Out What We Are Ignorant of
12.“Dedication,”If We Are to Achieve Anything
13. Gratitude, the Way to Guarantee Eternal Life
14. The Nine Articles to Reflect on Gratitude
15. Self‐Power is Infinite Motive Force
16. The Ways of Self‐Power and of Another’s Power
17. The Principle of the Wise One First
18. The All‐Round Ability to Redeem
19. The Ways of Learning and of Teaching
20. With Public Spirit, the World Lives
21. The Way of Host (The Way of Selfless Service to the Public)
22. Doctrinal Exposition
23. The Nine Doctrinal Principles
24. The Order of the Doctrinal Principles
25. Checklist for the Mindfulness With Regard to the Nine Doctrinal Principles
26. Checklist for Practicing the Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice
27. Daily Record on Doctrinal Principles