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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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24. In the thirty-ninth year of the Won-Buddhist Era, second month (February 1954), the Master said to a congregation of men and women, “The Order’s development becomes clearer with each passing year. Unlike the past when others did not pay much attention to us, the devotees at headquarters, which is the central organ of this Order, must first become role models of the world in every aspect, including practice, public service, and everyday life. Even if it might be difficult to expect the same unity of spirit as in the nine initial disciples’ time, the members’ spirits must not transgress from the mentor’s spirit. Hence, you should often request the mentor’s guidance and follow it well. If the mentor’s words are not properly executed, the Order will be in disarray. Also, do not envy the world, but place all your hopes here and selflessly work hard. Unless there is transmission of heaven’s endowment, one cannot bask in high glory. Our Order’s fortune is the great endowment of heaven, so that as this Order develops, our own lives too will improve accordingly. Though our standard of living as regards food and clothing may be meager, we now have enough for a life of practice compared to when this Order began. Furthermore, in such conditions, one has a chance to become a person of the Way, and even to bestow merits on later generations. How can this not derive from the grace of our Founding Master? Be alert and proceed only on this single path without having second thoughts.”