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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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26. The Master continued, “From past to present, the basis for success in any organization is the spiritual unity of its congregation. If all the men and women in our congregation faithfully adopt the nine initial disciples’ spirit and, by focusing all their concerns and pleasures only on this enterprise, proceed single-mindedly, then our Order will see progress daily and monthly. However, progress will be delayed if there are certain hindrances in the minds of the men and women in this congregation. In the founding spirit of the nine initial disciples, there was no concern for themselves or their private household. Someone who is concerned about all sentient beings does not have time to think about oneself, or about such things as one’s old age or future illness, and does not ruin the larger purpose by being drawn to the signs of male and female, self and others. If one only worries about one’s own matters, one will become small-minded and sordid. Only when one thinks of one’s neighbors first and is concerned about one’s comrades first will that person be a true comrade and a buddha and bodhisattva.”