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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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5. In the thirty-third year of the Won-Buddhist Era, fourth month (April/May 1948), the Master established and promulgated the Won-Buddhism charter. Article 1, in the General Principles section, stated: “Won-Buddhism is based on the great Way of Il-Won, which is the principle of the universe and the mind-seal of all the buddhas; it takes right faith, right enlightenment, and right practice as its cardinal teachings.” Article 2 said: “The teachings of this Order have as their goal delivering all sentient beings and curing the world by having the grace of the buddhas transform the entire world and having the Sŏn dharma transform the entire congregation through the Essential Ways of Human Life, viz., the Fourfold Grace and the Four Essentials, and the Essential Ways of Practice, viz., the Threefold Study and the Eight Articles.” Article 3 stipulated: “This Order takes the Il-Won-Sang, the Dharmakāya Buddha, as the fundamental object of veneration and worships Il-Won as the Truth, for it is the original source of the Fourfold Grace and the symbol of the three aspects of buddhahood, viz., Law body (Dharmakāya), Reward body (Saṃbhogakāya), and Transformation bodies (Nirmaṇakāya), and the mind-seal that was rightly transmitted by Śākyamuni Buddha and the Founding Master Sot’aesan.”