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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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32. The Master said, “During the era when humanity was unsophisticated and confined within narrow boundaries, popular sentiment was guided within the respective limitations of ego-centered individualism, family-centered familism, organization- or society-centered ideologies, or nation-centered nationalism. Even now, the remnants of those tendencies can be seen everywhere. However, from early on, buddhas and bodhisattvas, sages and saints transcended all these ideologies and, instead, focused on inspiring a great spirit that takes the whole world as the main standard. The teaching of great loving-kindness and great compassion is a universal ideology; the spirit of benevolence and righteousness is a universal ideology; and the spirit of capacious love is a universal ideology. By seeing the whole world as a single household and considering all people as a single family, all these sages expounded the great Way and its power through which the whole human race could find deliverance together. Buddhism, in particular, strongly advocated that great spirit that includes as its main concern not only the world and the human race but all the six rebirth destinies and the four modes of birth in the ten directions. Hence, Buddhism certainly can be recognized as the apex of a universal ideology.”