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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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39. The Master said, “People who are progressing are benevolent, modest, diligent, and sincere; with an empty mind, they yield to others and humble themselves; with a respectful mind, they revere others; and through their virtuous influence, they widely embrace those in both high and low stations and do not rest when it comes to their practice and public service. Those who are regressing are rough-natured, disrespectful, envious, and jealous, trying to fulfill only their own greed; and, if they are ahead even in one area, whether in knowledge, wealth, power or skill, they dwell on it and are conceited and smug. You should pursue your practice and public service ever more diligently and keep moving forward; but true progress occurs only when you maintain no sign of progress. Regardless of where you might be on our six stages of dharma rank, only by maintaining no sign of holding a particular rank will you truly be a person who holds that rank. Only such persons will be free from limits on how far they can advance and through this unsurpassed progression they will attain position and ability that will never be subject to retrogression.”