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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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9. The Master said, “The one place to which all religions return is the Il-Won; the standard of politics is the Middle Way. When you awaken to the truth of Il-Won and understand it, you will come to realize that the place to which all truths return is the Il-Won. Although there are various specifics concerning the dharma of politics, when you examine and synthesize their essential points to suit the world, a politics of the Middle Way that is free from either excess or deficiency can alone be designated the standard of all governance. Only when religions return to the <>i>Il-Won and politics focuses on the Right Mean (chungjŏng) will this clamorous world be stabilized. In the future, as the world becomes more enlightened, the dharmas of the Il-Won and the Right Mean will gradually assume their rightful places in the world.” The Master continued, “As for the Way, it is the Way of Il-Won that is supreme; for governance, it is governance based on the Right Mean that is supreme. Il-Won is the essence of Truth; Right Mean is the function of Truth.”