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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Two: Education

4. The Way of General Education

Even if prenatal education was proper and infant education unimpeachable, unless one also receives during one’s youth the education in sciences appropriate to one’s generation or the training in the study of the Way that establishes fundamental integrity throughout one’s life, then it is easy for one to pass one’s entire life in vain. Thus, from youth through adulthood, one must receive simultaneously the education appropriate to one’s time and the training in the Way and its power. This is called general education.
Education throughout one’s lifetime involves, first, the education in academic disciplines, which primarily involves acquiring knowledge and skills through the study of sciences. Second is the education of the spirit, which primarily involves acquiring a disciplined mind and moral conduct through training in the Way and its power. Third is the education in propriety, which involves cultivating and practicing all appropriate ceremonies and etiquette within the household, society, nation and world. Fourth is the education regarding work, which involves cultivating a spirit of diligence in everyday life and field practice in productive labor.