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

Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Six: The Nation

2. The Way of Governance and Edification

There are various Ways involving governance and edification, but if we were to posit their essential points, they are, first, to govern and edify in accordance with the Way. This means to assist all people to awaken to the fundamental principle of the universe, which is their own original natures, so that they will be edified through nonaction with regard to the great Way of “no arising and no ceasing” and “the retribution and response of cause and effect.” Second is to govern and edify others through one’s own virtue. By leaders’ taking the lead in putting the Way into practice, their virtuous edification will manifest itself widely, so that the minds of the masses will be edified and able to respond in kind. Third is to govern and edify by laws and regulations, leading the masses with the authority of laws and clarity into matters. In the past, when the times were different, only one of these three was enough for governance and edification; but in the future all three must be exercised in order to put into practice well-rounded governance and edification.