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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Three: On Korea’s National Prospects

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4. After Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule on August 15, 1945, the Master expressed his views on founding a new state in his pamphlet On Founding a State (Kŏn’guk non): “Since August 15, 1945, I have heard the declarations of various leaders and examined their methods of leadership, and have also broadly observed the changes in the public sentiment. At some moments, I was happy; at other moments, I was concerned; and at still other moments, thoughts of possible courses of action naturally occurred to me. Hence, I have briefly recorded aspects of these thoughts that occurred naturally to me and titled it On Founding a State. Its gist is to take the spirit as its root, government and education as its trunk, national defense, construction, and the economy as its branches and leaves, and to attain the fruits through the Way of advancement, so as to cultivate well in perpetuity a deep-rooted national power.”