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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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14. In the forty-first year of the Won-Buddhist Era, eleventh month (November/December 1956), at the opening ceremony of the Central Meditation Center, the Master delivered this admonition: “At our meditation centers, we have several extraordinary goals that are not found elsewhere. First, we take ability rather than formality as the standard so that we may develop many competent male and female ordained devotees. Second, we take the study of the Way rather than scientific knowledge as the standard so that we may train directly in pragmatic practice and pragmatic faith. Third, rather than training for the personal benefit for oneself and one’s family, we stimulate to the utmost the thought of the great public Way, which sets as its goal delivering all the worlds in the ten directions. These three goals are in fact the primary conditions for becoming the kind of model person that this new world demands. Excessive formality leads to the world looking for something substantive. Excessive scientism leads to the world seeking study of the Way. Excessive egotism leads to the world venerating public service. You should deeply awaken to these principles in order to promote a superlative Sŏn tradition. I sincerely request that you make this meditation center a great practice site, where numerous distinguished leaders of our Order will be produced throughout eternity.”