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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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51. The Master said to the ministers (kyomu) from the branch temples, “Our bodies are the alter egos of the Founding Master and the constituents of our Order. If we do well, the Founding Master’s awesome merit and our Order’s reputation will become even more prominent; but if not, they will both be damaged. Hence, we must never regard ourselves lightly, but be cautious during both action and rest at every step. In edifying adherents, too, we must sincerely serve as exemplars first through our conduct even in trivial matters, win over their hearts with an unbiased attitude, and have their faith and mind for public service always in touch with central headquarters. If an ordained devotee neglects to stay in touch with headquarters but instead leads them to have their faith focused too narrowly or to limit their public service to the local level, then not only will there be no unified edification, but the Order will inevitably sicken.”