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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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24. In the forty-fourth year of the Won-Buddhist Era, fifth month (May/June 1959), at the swearing-in ceremony for the Supreme Council Unit (Suwi tan), the Master delivered this admonition: “Tan (‘unit’) means to unite and become one. Hence, we must unite well, so that we can accord with this principle of tan. Just as the single energy of Heaven spontaneously brings into being the myriad things in the universe through non-action, our sincerity alone will deliver the myriad living things through the new Way and its power. For this reason, the Founding Master first organized this tan and urged us to model ourselves on the principle of Heaven and Earth and become masters of the worlds of the ten directions. To attain and utilize this principle is both our mission and our glory. If it is difficult to become a master in a nation, then how much more difficult will it be to become a master of the ten directions? A person cannot become a master of the ten directions with a mind that is separated from the public. One also does not become a master through one’s looks or one’s knowledge but by a mind that knows no division or selfishness. If we devote ourselves always to comparing and reflecting on these conditions, we will naturally become masters of the ten directions; but if without such efforts we just vainly occupy positions, then we will receive the punishment of Truth. Since we are participating in this event thanks to the Founding Master’s holy virtues, let us work hard together so that we lack nothing in our qualifications for becoming masters of the ten directions.”