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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Five: Foundational Principles

51

51. Kim Hongch’ŏl asked, “What karmic retribution accrues when a person incurs the karma of mutual harm on behalf of the public?” The Master answered, “On a personal level, one can never be exempt from the karmic retribution that results from mutual harm. However, if through one’s actions one has rendered much merit and virtue to the public, then that merit and virtue will bring about a great promotion and mitigate one’s retribution.” He continued, “People who are unable to do the right thing out of fear of cause and effect are worse than those who know nothing about the law of karma.”