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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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4. The Master said, “The more trials and tribulations a given history endures for a righteous cause, the more glorious that history remains through the ages. On the other hand, a history that unjustly indulged in gaity and merriment leaves only shame through the ages. In ancient times, Jesus voluntarily accepted the punishment of crucifixion on behalf of the public. Ich’adon (d. 528) of the Silla dynasty voluntarily forsook his life in order to disseminate in this world the dharma words of Śākyamuni Buddha and deliver sentient beings from their transgressive karma through his miracle. When they would not even spare their own lives for the sake of the public, what need is there to talk about the rest of their austerities and sacrifices! They are truly worthy exemplars of public-spiritedness throughout the ages.”