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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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8. A practitioner asked, “Won Kwang is the name of both our official magazine and the schools we have established. What does the term mean?” The Master answered, “Generally, it means to illuminate the great Way of Il-Won. However, the two characters won and kwang involve even more profound principles. Won, as the essence of Il-Won , means the original realm of all things and the myriad dharmas; kwang means the manifestation from that realm of all living things and myriad dharmas. With Won as the essence and kwang as the function, all dharmas are subsumed therein. Hence, don’t forget this meaning but contemplate it well, so that your thought, speech, and conduct will all be in accord with Won Kwang. This is crucial for the development of our Order.”