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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17. The Master said, “Material things have roots and branches; human affairs have ends and beginnings. Only after understanding what comes first and what comes later can state-building follow the proper course. Only after domestic unity is achieved will we gain international trust; only after international trust is gained will we achieve success in international diplomacy; only after international diplomacy is successful will national sovereignty be won; only after national sovereignty is won will we have real equality and freedom. If those who hope for equality and freedom destroy national unity, then that would be like wanting to live but voluntarily committing suicide.”