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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Five: Foundational Principles

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36. The Master said, “When yang energy is at its peak, it produces the three hottest days of summer (lit. the “triple yielding”), which means yin energy tries to ascend but is suppressed by the dominance of yang and yields three times. However, when the last of the three hottest days (malbok) passes, yang gradually weakens and yin gradually gains in power. This is the principle of the universe and of nature: that something at its zenith undergoes transformation and reappears at its nadir. This is also the case with political power and the advancement and decline of organizations and individuals. Thus, by understanding this principle, persons of the Way remain always humble, reserved, and caring even when they are flourishing.”