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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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3. In the thirty-first year of the Won-Buddhist Era (1946), at the inaugural assembly of the Kŭmgangdan (Adamantine Association), the Master delivered the following admonition: “There is a profound reason for naming this organization the Kŭmgangdan. By never forgetting the two Chinese characters kŭm and -gang, I hope that all you members will manifest well the real qualities of adamant. You should discover inwardly the adamantine self-nature with which each of you is inherently endowed. Once you have discovered your self-nature, you should continually eliminate distracted thoughts and finally make manifest the clear and pure mind-ground, just as a goldsmith would eliminate all sorts of impure metals and minerals in order to extract the pure gold. And just as the goldsmith makes good use of pure gold, you should become a sage who wholesomely uses the mind and readily applies myriad actions in accordance with your capacities. In addition, outwardly, you should help unify this organization through consistent faithfulness, so it will be as strong as adamant. If you notice any of the members violating the precepts, then, through the power of the organization, admonish and caution each other in advance, so that all members possess qualities that are as pure as gold. As the organization becomes stronger, you should, by promoting further the power of public service, propagate widely our Founding Master’s right dharma and carry on our forerunners’ work far into the future, so that this organization’s adamant-like illumination will shine over the world.”