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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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9. The Master said, “Ordaining does not make you all authentic ordained devotees any more than residing in a practice site makes you all persons of the Way. We must not forget even for a moment the blood and sweat of the Founding Master and our forbears that laid the foundation of our Order. When we recall the history of its establishment—selling charcoal and constructing levees in the dead of winter in Yŏngsan, traveling back and forth to P’yŏnsan while eating coarse meals and raising traveling funds by peddling straw mats, farming, and making confectionery during the construction of Iksan Headquarters, and so on—we must see in even a handful of soil or a single pillar the result of the blood and sweat of the Founding Master and our forebears. Always be frugal and do not waste anything. We must remember and sustain from generation to generation their assiduous founding spirit that accomplished the great through the small.”