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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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55. When Sŏ Saein was departing to take a new post, the Master said, “If you take care of all matters earnestly without selfish motives, then even though you are leaving the headquarters we will not be far apart. Take care of all matters by clearly defining public and private, make all issues involving men and women and fiscal matters fair and clear, and first practice what you preach so that the congregation will follow you on their own. Neglecting public matters under the pretense of doing your own practice is not the proper duty of ordained devotees. Hence, make your practice and public service nondual by cultivating practice for the sake of public service and public service for the sake of practice. In edification, there is nothing better than edification through the power of the Way; in practice, the practice of one-pointedness is fundamental. If, externally, you bequeath your virtuous merit widely and, internally, make every effort to achieve mind-power, then, by naturally amalgamating your power with heaven and earth, you will attain great power in your edification and your practice.”