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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Six: Exposition of Scriptures

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4. The Master said, “There are three levels of religious faith. Those of inferior spiritual capacity are foolish, so they only have faith in some sort of image. Those with a bit more perceptiveness reject idolatry and have faith that relies on names and signs. Finally, those with still greater perceptiveness leave behind even names and signs and have faith in the real essence of Truth. It is the same way that children are pacified by candy or toys, but as they grow up a bit, they are persuaded on the authority of an adult. Once those children are fully grown, they will arrive at their own convictions only if the pros and cons of a matter are expounded to them. Each understands according to its own level of intelligence. The general level of the present age is about that of relying on the authority of an adult. However, in the future, everyone’s consciousness will gradually reach full maturity. Hence, before too long the sentiment of All Under Heaven will come together along the great Way of Il-Wŏn.”