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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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6. The Master said, “In the past, persons of the Way lived in rural seclusion wearing tattered clothes and willingly subjecting themselves to poverty and a modest living. In the future, however, the more advanced one’s dharma, the more will wealth and honors naturally follow. How foolish a cultivator of the Way you must be to worry about your sustenance and about having no standing in the world. However, true persons of the Way consider practice of the Way more precious than gaining fame or wealth, so they will firmly decline even those positions that are offered to them. Because they consider honest poverty more praiseworthy than extravagance, they spend on public enterprises even the material gains that accrue to them. Thus, to repeat, the new fortune of the Way is the fortune of the consummate and selfless virtue; and a mind of consummate and unselfish virtue serves also as the foundation in receiving this fortune of the Way. Hence, I ask that all of you make every effort to reshape your minds so that you will become masters of this rare, great fortune of the Way.”