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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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33. The Master wrote a verse in literary Chinese for Kim Taegŏ, which translates as follows: “If reputation is grand but true substance small,/ Then in the end there will be nothing to show./ For final victory and success, substantial power has pride of place.” He continued by saying, “An individual’s true power is of three types: cultivating the power of absorption internally; studying the truth; and keeping the precepts correctly. The Order’s true power is of three types: putting the canonical texts in good order; nurturing the religious cadres; and stabilizing the Order’s finances. If the leaders and the Order as a whole are well endowed with all these substantial powers, and we also unite together internally and our adherents increase externally, then this will inevitably lead to the advancement of our Order’s strength.”