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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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61. The Master continued, “An enlightened person left an injunction that said, ‘Because this world has a dearth of loyalty, filial piety, and chastity, All Under Heaven is afflicted. . . . Cure the maladies that ail All Under Heaven with the medicine of All Under Heaven.’ This was a prophecy that loyalty, filial piety, and chastity would become afflicted in the future, and a request that they be revived. The affliction of loyalty, filial piety, and chastity is the affliction of All Under Heaven and the remedy for curing this illness is our Founding Master’s teaching and dharma. Studying well our true natures everyday is the study of reviving loyalty; applying ourselves to the practice of requiting the Fourfold Grace is the study of reviving filial piety; fortifying our faith and keeping the precepts is the study of reviving chastity. If it were not for these studies, how would we be able to revive loyalty, filial piety, and chastity? And if we do not revive them, how would we be able to save all those patients who are submerged in the sea of suffering? Therefore, I sincerely wish that you will all make every effort to first cure the maladies in your own minds through diligent practice, so that each of you becomes a person who is free of illness, while at the same time, by bringing together such energy, our entire Order will become an order that is free of maladies, and, by promoting such energy, you will become the great kings of medicine (Bhaiṣajyaguru), who can cure all the maladies in every direction of All Under Heaven.”