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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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40. The Master said, “If one seeks reputation, position, and authority in accord with the Way, then not only will there be no transgressions but one will accumulate more merit thereby. If one declines a position even when one is deserving of it, that action will also accumulate hidden merit. To accept all of a blessing is to waste it; to offer merit to others without accepting it for oneself is an accrual of interest.” The Master continued, “Even persons of the Way cannot realize all their plans and visions without holding a position. Hence, holding a position is not something bad; it is often something necessary. However, by observing the circumstances carefully, one should accept a position only in accordance with a great cause; and once one has gained a position, one should not monopolize its prerogatives but be sparing with them, if one hopes to keep that position for a long time.