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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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33. Seeing the mugunghwa (the rose of Sharon, the Korean national flower) and the T’aegŭkki (the T’aegŭk flag, the Korean national flag) in front of Sandong Temple, the Master said, “Mugunghwa is a good name. Mugung means limitless and unchanging; and mugunghwa foretells that this country will become the origin of the Way and its power in the new world. T’aegŭkki involves a profound principle. T’aegŭk (the Grand Ultimate, taiji) is the principle of the universe, which is the parent of the myriad things. T’aegŭk is also, mugŭk (the ultimate of nonbeing) and mugŭk is Il-Won. The T’aegŭkki indicates that the great Way of Il-Won will in the future become the place of refuge for the whole human race; and this country, which is its place of origin, will become the spiritual-parent nation of all living creatures.”