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

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Twelve: The Way of Public-Spiritedness

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3. The Master said, “If an ordained devotee is dragged around without self-awareness and, unable to overcome that hardship, lives a life at variance with the fundamental spirit of ordination, then it would have been better for that person to remain in lay life and assist with the Order’s tasks. If a widow forces herself to preserve her chastity without understanding the true meaning of a chaste life, she may fall into actual degeneracy if it is overdone. Likewise, ordained devotees without self-awareness become corrupted when not reflecting on the fundamental spirit of ordained life. Therefore, once you have met the right mentor, always rejoice in the Way by single-mindedly seeking the Way. Only by overcoming both favorable and unfavorable sensory conditions as they appear, remaining content with your given duty, and dedicating yourself to the Order in pioneering the future will you become admirable ordained devotees for all eternity.”