The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Twelve: Exemplary Acts


When the Founding Master was living at Pongnae Hermitage, one day he would not take the evening meal. His attendants, Kim Namch’ŏn and Song Chŏkpyŏk, asked him why, to which the Master responded, “While I’ve been staying here, I’ve been much obliged for your efforts on my behalf. However, you will have a quarrel with each other tonight and you will leave before dawn. So I’ve decided not to have dinner this evening.” Both said to the Master, “We are especially close to one another, so even if we were to be upset with each other over some matter, how would we ever leave? So please accept the dinner we’ve prepared.” A few hours later, the two attendants suddenly began to argue with each other and, unable to control their anger, packed their bags. Namch’ŏn, recalling the Master’s premonition, stayed and remained under his guidance for the rest of his life, but Chŏkpyŏk left the following morning.