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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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35. The Master continued, “The first essential point of the Ethics of Threefold Unity is the unity of the source of all principles. This means that all religions and churches should achieve a grand unity and harmony by understanding that their principles all derive fundamentally from a single source. In this world, there are the three great global religions of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, and many other established religions, such as Confucianism, Daoism, and so forth. In recent years, quite a number of religions have also newly arisen both in Korea and elsewhere. All these religions have established their own separate identities and engaged in propagation in accordance with their own beliefs and expedients. Their doctrines, too, are expressed in different terminology and forms, but if one closely examines their source, their fundamental principles in fact do not diverge from the truth of Il-Won. Therefore, all religions, in their essence, are originally one. When all religious adherents in the world fully harmonize with one another by awakening to this fact, all religious orders will form a single household, accommodating and intermingling with one another. Hence, we must first fully understand and embody the spirit of the great Way of Il-Won, the foundation of all religions, and establish in our minds the great spirit that views all religions as one. Furthermore, in the same spirit, we must be at the forefront in unifying all religions in the world through Il-Won.”