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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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31. The Master said, “Confucius was once surrounded by a gang of bandits so that he and his followers had no food for seven days. At that time, he sat unperturbed and said, “Only after the weather has gotten cold can we understand the integrity of the pines; only after experiencing severe hardship can we gain true strength in our practice.” Hence, his followers’ minds were not at all disturbed as they sang and conversed together in a serene voice. Seeing this sight, the bandits were utterly amazed, and saying, “This is surely a group of heavenly beings,” they finally retreated. This certainly qualifies as an eternal model of minds that have been put to rest.”