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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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8. At a joint coming-of-age ceremony, the Master gave a dharma talk: “Being an adult does not just mean getting old and turning grey; rather, an adult is one who tolerates others well and renders benefit to others. One who tolerates and renders benefit to others is an adult, even if one is young in age; but one whom others tolerate and support is always just a minor. Since you have become adults, try to become ones who tolerate others rather than ones whom others tolerate; take care of others, rather than wishing always to be taken care of by others; make blessings anew, rather than trying always to receive blessings from others. Furthermore, if one attempts to win by sheer force, it will be difficult to attain ultimate victory; but if one wins wisely through gentleness, one will attain victory in the end. It is like water, which is extremely yielding but can easily penetrate a mountain.”