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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Nine: Attending to the Fundamentals

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16. The Master said, “Establishing a single local temple may seem easy, but it will only be possible if there are many meritorious people in that locality. The merit that comes from establishing a single temple is much greater than that of any other material donation. It is good to help starving people during a famine year, but there is even greater merit in establishing a business venture that will provide many people with a livelihood. Also, rather than a one-time material assistance, wouldn’t there be even more merit in establishing an educational institution where students could learn, or in conducting distinguished research that brings convenience to people’s lives? If so, what merit can be greater than establishing a temple as an even more important institution for cultivating the Way, teaching the Way and its power, and leading people together to become good human beings forever?”