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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27. The Master said, “These days I hear a lot of talk about our being on the left or the right, but those people do not understand the grand purpose of religion. Religion—that is to say, the Way and its power—is the essence of politics and politics is the function of the Way and its power. In our Four Great Principles, selfless service to the public is the foundation of virtuous politics, both ancient and modern, both left and right. Thus, those with political conviction are people who, by completely awakening to the principle of non-self, serve the public without selfishness. Those who act rashly by chasing after fame and power cannot serve as agents in the task of founding a state. The root of politics is the Way and its power, and the root of the Way and its power is the mind. To understand this mind and to nurture this mind, so as to practice in accordance with our original nature, is our proper duty and obligation.” He said again, “When you build a house, the building lot is prepared and the carpenters erect the house, then the walls are added, which are then covered with wallpaper before the owners of the house can live in it. Likewise, at this time, parties on the right and left are preparing the ground, after which the government will do the work of carpenters; then, the Way and its power will add the walls and cover them with wallpaper, thus establishing a complete and satisfactory state.”