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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Two: The Way of Propriety

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16. The Master said, “In any undertaking, an event executed without the proper preparations will be rushed and disorganized. Hence, the practice of propriety begins with study and preparation. If one becomes inattentive and acts recklessly when one is alone, then even in the presence of others one’s bad habits will be displayed. An ancient sage said, “The superior man is watchful over himself when he is alone,” because there is no difference between what is concealed and what is revealed. For this reason, those who are practicing propriety must above all be careful.”