Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Four: Vision and Plans


26. In the forty-fifth year of the Won-Buddhist Era (1960), prior to his sixtieth birthday, the Master entreated his followers, “This year, I hear that many fellow adherents from every district are engaged in various preparations for my sixtieth birthday. However, I was not able to prepare such a celebration for the Founding Master, nor did we ever offer such celebrations to the forerunners early in our history; so, how can I alone enjoy such a celebration? Also, I have been receiving during my illness the conscientious care of many adherents, but my heart aches because we haven’t yet even built a hospice for those devotees everywhere who have become weak and ill while working so selflessly; so, how can I alone receive further attentions? The spirit behind the establishment of our Order and the spirit of the Canon of Propriety are to do away with empty formalities and wastefulness, and to live a life of simplicity. In such matters, ordained practitioners must serve as a model for general society; and it will not conform to the Way to do these things excessively. But those fellow adherents who insist on showing their affection for me might choose to commemorate my sixtieth birthday by establishing a medical foundation for the hospice care of ordained devotees. That would be the right Way of requiting the Founding Master’s fundamental spirit and his dharma grace, and would also be a true celebration for me, for my mind would be pacified by a project that would comfort all of our ordained devotees. Thus, I earnestly entreat you to do so and, on the appropriate day, just hold a simple ceremony according to our Canon of Propriety, and let that become standard in the future.”