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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13. Regarding the path of progress, the Master said: “The foremost task is to pay tribute to those who have engaged in meritorious service, including those who have made outstanding achievements in government or national defense; those who have made extraordinary achievements in edification and education; those who have contributed hefty sums that became a great resource for the public interest, or made much merit both in spirit and in body for enterprises involving the public interest; and those who greatly benefited and contributed to the nation and society through their discoveries and inventions or in whatever other fields. Second, we must promote education. Whether it is the nation, an organization, or an individual, we must eagerly promote education for the gifted, so that they may continue to gain new knowledge in any given field; we also must avidly support research institutions, so that they may deliver all kinds of ingenious means for national construction and social development. Third, we must abolish hereditary succession and limit inheritance. All honors should be limited to the person concerned, so the decendants do not needlessly rely on their ancestor’s influence. Inheritance should be limited to the amount necessary to give someone a start and the rest should be donated directly to public enterprises, so that both parents and children will make merit together; by living through self-power, they will contribute to the development of the nation and society and to people’s general ability to lead their own lives.”