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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Two: The Way of Propriety

18

18. The Master said, “To flatter someone when he is doing well but scorn him when he is not is the behavior of an inferior person. Hence, to keep one’s affection even more for a person who is not doing well is the propriety of a superior person. Foresaking loyalty according to one’s self-interest or displaying proper manners in another’s presence and abandoning them in his or her absence is to disregard the fundamental meaning of propriety. Not abandoning loyalty and proper manners regardless of gain and loss or presence and absence is what is meant by acting on a true understanding of the fundamental meaning of propriety.”