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THE DHARMA DISCOURSES OF CARDINAL MASTER CHŎNGSAN(CHŎNGSAN CHONGSA PŎBŎ)

Part Two: Dharma Discourses

Chapter Thirteen: The Fortune of the Way

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5. The Master said, “The new fortune of the Way is the fortune that the true dharma proclaims. Hence, if one possesses true strength internally without falsity, embellishment, or bluster, at the appropriate time one’s future will open up according to that person’s capacities. On the other hand, a person whose actions count for less than words, whose substance is less than the label, who displays more than what one actually has, and whose vain fantasies and insincerities are revealed in any way will naturally be unable to have any standing in the world. The new fortune of the Way is that which is proclaimed by the dharma of harmony. Hence, whether among people, organizations, or nations, success will come to those who harmonize well with others by being free of artifice, generous, and possessed of virtuous energy. On the other hand, those who often conflict with others, because they are too clever, judgmental, callous, or crude, will have difficulty accomplishing anything, whether great or small. The new fortune of the Way is that which is proclaimed by the utterly fair and impartial dharma. Hence, one who renders to others all possible kinds of benefit through one’s sincerity, public-spiritedness, and diligence will come into possession of positions and power even without seeking them. On the other hand, one who is only concerned about oneself or insists on one’s personal desires and thereby renders harm to others in any respect will in the end be unable to have any standing in the world, no matter how hard one tries.”