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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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26. The Master continued, “The articles of our charter and regulations are a lifeline that brings together all of our congregation; hence, if an attachment to personal opinions and biases prompts you to consider violating them, then, by reflecting back on your original purpose, protect the common public laws of the congregation as if they were your own life. We have not gathered here for our own fame and privilege, but for the common glory that derives only from the fame and privilege of our Order as a whole. But if a selfish thought involving attachment to your own fame and privilege occurs, then, by reflecting on your original purpose, exert every effort to promote the fame and privilege of the whole. We have not gathered here in order to satisfy our own comfort and interests, but only to sacrifice ourselves for the membership as a whole. If, by tilting toward our own comfort and interests, we have the foolish thought of neglecting the safety of the congregation and the interests of the group as a whole, then, by reflecting on our original purpose, preserve intact our vow of selfless service to the public. We have not gathered here to seek the general knowledge that people learn in the world, but to learn and teach mainly the study of the Way, which alone constitutes the foundation of all learning. If, unduly attracted by extraneous texts, you feel like slighting the foundational scriptures of the study of the Way, then, by reflecting on your original purpose, keep in mind the great principle of what is primary and what ancillary. We have not gathered here for the fanciful pursuits of secular life or the momentary pleasures of human beings, but only to gain the serene and eternal joy of the mind. If, due to being enticed by the fanciful sea of greed, a useless thought occurs while living this truthful life of practitioners, then, by reflecting on your original purpose, remember and preserve the great vision for all eternity.”