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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter One: His Affinities with the Founding Master

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12. Early on, Cardinal Master Chŏngsan, together with the congregation, swore an oath to the Founding Master, which said: “We have fortunately met with this Order of the Great Way and have adopted as our single aim the great matter of attaining buddhahood and delivering sentient beings. In order to attain this goal, with even more resolute determination and utmost aspiration, we make the following vows: (1) Having dedicated ourselves to wholehearted faith guided by the right dharma of our Founding Master, we shall never regress from this mind throughout all adverse or difficult sensory conditions. (2) Having discovered the right road of the Threefold Study, we shall never rest from this practice no matter what the temptation or the obstructions of Māra. (3) Having understood the fundamental principle of the Fourfold Grace, we shall not change from this life of gratitude till the end, no matter what the adverse sensory condition or cause for resentment. (4) Having learned the great cause of selfless service to the public, we shall remain ever devoted to this Way of public service, even if there should be a thousand hardships.”