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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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7. The Master said, “There is a phrase: ‘a hereditary vassal like a lofty tree.’ ‘A hereditary vassal’ refers to a prominent minister whose family has served the state from generation to generation, so that the family’s destiny becomes intertwined with the nation’s. For us as well, those devotees whose life and death, joy and suffering, have become intertwined with this Order are our ‘hereditary vassals.’ A person with such fervor for this Order and doctrine who, like Ich’adon of the Silla dynasty, shares with the Order throughout all three time-periods its suffering, joys, and concerns, and who is willing to forsake his life, believing that the demise of this dharma would be his own demise and the prosperity of this dharma his own prosperity—that person is none other than a ‘hereditary vassal’ of this Order. The ancient Paekche kingdom (15 BCE 660 CE) was first named Sipche (Ten Aides), because it had ten hereditary vassals, and was subsequently known as Paekche (One Hundred Aides) when the number of such vassals increased to one hundred. With us, too, whether we have a thousand or ten-thousand ordained devotees, the more of them we produce who see their lives as intimately intertwined with this Order and who are unaffected by the highest authorities of the world and untempted by gold, silver, or jewels, the more will our Order forever flourish throughout the ten directions.”