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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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7. A student asked, “What kind of dharma will be preeminent in the coming world?” The Master replied, “The dharma that is most well-rounded, right, and realistic will be preeminent. In the past, because all religions arose in their own limited locales, they were established according to the popular sentiments of that time. Hence, even though their dharmas were only partial, they were capable of guiding popular sentiment. In the future, however, because the means of transportation will further develop together with the mutual exchange of current thoughts, it will be difficult to guide people’s minds everywhere unless it is a well-rounded dharma that can be applied all over the world as well as the right dharma that is neither excessive nor deficient. Furthermore, in past times, because public sentiment was rather unsophisticated, all religious teachings employed many expedients and embellishments. In the future, however, as popular sentiment becomes gradually clarified, it will be difficult to guide people’s minds unless it is a dharma that has a right understanding of human affairs and universal principles and applies them as practical facts.”