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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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16. The Master said, “Even in a private household, the master has more cares than the servant. Because it is his own household, the master thinks about more things; and, since he understands deeply the details of household management, he becomes concerned before anyone else. After all, one has to have some understanding before one will become concerned. Because buddhas and bodhisattvas understand the great matter of birth and death, the principle of the retribution and response of cause and effect, and the fact that all living beings are but a single family, they actually have great concern while being unconcerned. However, because ordinary persons and sentient beings behave as they please without any understanding, they have no real concerns even amid a whole sea of concerns. Therefore, regarding the Order’s household matters, the one who takes charge of matters of concern, pays thoughtful attention, and makes an effort to find solutions is the true master of the public path.”