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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Three: Family

4. The Way of Children

There is a Way for children to follow. By practicing each and every detail described in the items listed in the section “The Principle of Gratitude to Parents” in The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism, your filiality will become truly outstanding. However, if in order to appease your parents’ minds, you obey their unreasonable demands, then that is compromising a greater filiality for a lesser one. If in order to nurture your parents, you neglect to perform great activities on behalf of the public at large, that too is compromising a greater filiality for a lesser one. If your parents suffer from senility and are benighted about what is most important, then with calm energy and gentle words try to keep on admonishing them until they have changed their minds. Should you be deeply involved in public affairs and be unable to care for your parents, then ask your siblings or relatives to take over the duty instead, so that by completely accomplishing those public affairs, you will be realizing a truly great filiality. Also, even if your parents might show little love or affection, do not complain or become resentful but just fulfill your duties as children.