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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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11. In the thirty-ninth year of the Won-Buddhist Era (1954), at the award ceremony for the extraordinary performers who fulfilled the duty of ‘original guidance,’ the Master gave a congratulatory address: “One of our sacred duties as Won-Buddhists is to recruit at least nine adherents to this Order, so that all may bask in the Founding Master’s dharma and grace. When the Founding Master initially opened the gate of this Order, he lay the foundation by recruiting nine adherents, and said, ‘In the future, if each of you also recruit at least nine adherents and propagate our dharma through this method, then before too long the Way and its power will permeate All Under Heaven.’ The Founding Master called this the duty of ‘original guidance’ (yŏnwŏn, lit. ‘the fount of affinities’), comparing it to the way a fount of water flows out in all directions, equally bestowing its grace on the myriads of living creatures; and he encouraged us in a variety of ways to carry out this duty. Therefore, if every one of us recruits at least nine adherents and, through these affinities and loyalties, encourages them to the very end to achieve merit and virtue whether in practice or enterprise, then that will amount to a superb enterprise in the establishment of the great Way. And if holy sages or leaders in enterprise emerge from among those whom you have guided, then the merit and virtue of your original guidance will indeed be incomparable. To hold a ceremony and hand out awards is nothing more than an expedient means of promoting this practice; truly great merits, you must understand, accumulate quietly.”