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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11. Regarding religion, the Master said: “If people’s faith in religion is weak, due to deficiences in regulating their spirits and nuturing their consciences, they then will wantonly act as they please in both favorable and adverse conditions, which will cause the crime rate to rise. Even among those who belong to a religion, a good number might become superstitious or overly partisan, rendering them unable to engage widely in the life of an honorable citizen or sufficient public morality. If the state, by encouraging religions appropriate for guiding citizens, allows the four agencies of the state—administration, the judiciary, schools, and religions—to proceed with their own allotted duties, then that also will be an essential part of the great planning for the nation’s everlasting future.”