THE DHARMA DISCOURSES O...

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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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9. The Master continued, “The fifth thing regarding the spirit of founding a state is to observe the overall situation. Whatever you might be doing, do not be enticed only by immediate concerns or temporary greed, but instead, with a keen eye for the international situation and a close knowledge of each sector of the nation, come up with well-rounded measures. Do not court personal glory, but promote well the national reputation. Do not fight for personal political power, but develop well the nation’s power. Do not become absorbed in personal interests, but consider well the national interest. Understanding the principle that an individual’s good or bad actions will increase or decrease the prestige of the nation, do not engage in contemptible actions, especially in front of foreigners. Understanding the principle that a thing immediately pleasing to oneself may cause discomfort to others, one should show consideration for the public. Understanding the principle that a temporary beneficial thing may bring about a loss in the future, calculate carefully what will lead to permanent gain. Understanding that constant flux is the principle of the universe, establish laws that are appropriate to the times, without insisting on one type of law. Understanding the principle that any law or regulation that is excessive will lead to vice, do not let your mind be biased toward any single aspect.”