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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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17. A minister asked, “Please tell us about the direct application of these three ways when we are engaged in edification in the countryside.” The Master said, “Edification by governing through the Way means edification through principles and faith. Ministers themselves must first stand at the forefront, with their faith completely absorbed in the principle of the Dharmakāya Buddha and the teachings of the Founding Master, as well as in their own ultimate self-awakening, so that they may guide the general adherents’ faith and practice, and ensure that those adherents’ faith and zeal for the Order’s work will all be concentrated on the basics. Edification by governing through virtue means edification through human kindness and moral influence; that is to say, to be attentive to even the most obscure of each person’s circumstances by understanding carefully everyone’s feelings, and, with a mind that is free from antagonism, embrace and edify all people equally. Edification by governing through laws and regulations means edification through rules and expedients; that is to say, by understanding well the general trends in the world and examining well the general tendencies of your adherents, you carry out edification with millions of effective expedients that do not contradict regulations and are suitable to the particular cases.”