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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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21. The Master wrote these lines in literary Chinese for Chŏn Ŭmgwang, “Those of superior wisdom treasure faithfulness. Those of average wisdom treasure fame and gain. Those of inferior wisdom treasure material goods. The treasure of material goods is as vain as floating clouds and as precarious as a pile of stones. The treasure of fame and gain may seem glorious on the outside, but lacks authenticity on the inside. The treasure of faithfulness is in perfect correspondence with the Way and thus has infinite longevity; and fame and material goods are fully endowed therein because their inside and outside are completely interfused.”