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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Four: Vision and Plans

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2. A guest asked, “What do you think of your Order’s development plan?” The Master said, “As an ancient sage said, ‘Things have roots and branches; human affairs have firsts and lasts.’ If we prepare by understanding what comes first and what later, then I believe our Order will develop as a matter of course.” The visitor asked, “What do you think should be done first and what later?” The Master replied, “First, we must compile carefully our religious texts; second, we must foster our human talent; third, we must gain the economic power necessary to operate all our enterprises. However, given our nation’s current situation, things are not going as well as we could wish, so we are struggling.” The guest asked, “Some churches are so focused on propagation that they even proselytize in the street. Shouldn’t your Order be doing the same?” The Master replied, “We do engage in propagation using appropriate methods, but we haven’t gone so far as to proselytize in the street.” The guest asked, “If you have already decided to engage in propagation, then wouldn’t it be better to do it zealously?” The Master replied, “It is like a merchant who stocks his shop with excellent products, gives his customers a good price, and thus benefits the masses: his shop will naturally prosper. In the same way, even in religious edification, if we prepare completely all our religious texts and do not harm anyone but only benefit them, then the Order will naturally develop. Up till now, formal proselytization has been the focus of religious development, but in the coming world, I believe that substantive activities will become the critical factor.”