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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Ten: Being Assiduous and Sincere

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16. The Master said to his students, “In ancient times, there was a village gatekeeper in China named Houying. He was just an ordinary gatekeeper, but because his ability and talent were so extraordinary, not only was his reputation widely recognized throughout the realm but his modest village gate became famous as well. If, in the future, a person of great ability and achievement appears among you, then our academy will also become famous, just like that village gate in ancient China. Nowadays, the age of empty formalities has passed, and true ability and practical achievement have become crucial qualifications. Only those with real knowledge and actual applications will be sought after and employed in the world. Hence, you should not be enticed by external formalities, but only exert yourselves on acquiring real ability. In the future, whichever workplace you may enter, I hope that you exhibit your abilities in your given post and thereby make yourselves and your workplaces well recognized together, as Houying did for his village gate.”