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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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52. Taking advantage of the chaos that followed the Korean War, a group of devotees were violating rules and regulations and acting as they pleased. Several times, members of the congregation raised their concerns with the Master. One day, the Master quoted a verse from the Tonghak Master Ch’oe Haewŏl’s dharma discourse, “I am not made of clotted blood, so how can I be without anger? I have five viscera and six entrails, so how can I be without emotions? The only reason I refrain from censure is because I don’t want to damage the heaven-endowed mind.” The Master then said, “Do you think I remain quiet because I don’t understand our great cause and what is right and wrong? But how can I take the initiative to expel disciples whom the Founding Master himself nurtured, and sever their dharma affinities? How can I be the one who would obstruct upfront even a single person’s future? The Founding Master never gave up beforehand on even a blade of grass or a single tree.”

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