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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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5. The Master said, “Those who commit themselves to public service may well emulate the spirit of Admiral Yi Sunsin (1545-1598), who remained at peace with his lot even while enduring wrongful treatment, bearing no resentment even when receiving no recognition from his superiors, and caring for the country’s security without thinking about who may get the credit. They may well emulate the spirit of minister Lin Xiangru (d.u.) of the Zhao dynasty (403-222 B.C.E.), who, for the sake of the country, would slink away from his political opponents, even though the world might call him a coward; and the spirit of Hwang Hŭi (1363-1452), who accepted a government position for the sake of the masses, despite accusations of being unprincipled. ”