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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Eight: Responses to Occasions

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3. The Master said, “One who wishes to become a truly virtuous person should first practice appreciating the virtues of others. Without appreciating others’ virtues, it is difficult to become a truly virtuous person. If you do not admire others’ virtues, you will not be close to virtuous people; and if you are not close to virtuous people, your own sense of virtue will inevitably decline. If your own sense of virtue declines, you will not take pleasure in cultivating virtue. How, then, can the road to becoming a virtuous person not recede into the distance? Therefore, to admire and emulate others’ virtues is an essential requirement of the practice of becoming a virtuous person.”