The Scriptures of Won Buddhism
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
Title page, Copyright, Dedication
Wo˘nbulgyo—‘‘Consummate,’’ or ‘‘Circle,’’ Buddhism—is a Korean new religion formed in the early twentieth century that purportedly derives from the unique enlightenment experience of its founder, Sot’aesan (1891–1943). After his enlightenment, Sot’aesan researched different religious systems to guide him in framing...
This book is a study of a new form of Buddhism, Won Buddhism (K. Wo˘nbulgyo), that started in Korea upon the spiritual awakening of a young man in 1916 and is now deeply entrenched in Korean society. Its founder predicted that Won Buddhism would be a major...
Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction: The Foundation and Doctrine of Won Buddhism
Won Buddhism is one of the major religions of modern Korea and has been preparing itself to grow to be a world religion ever since it was founded upon the spiritual awakening in 1916 of a young Korean man, Pak Chung-bin (1891–1943), better known in the West as Sot’aesan...
Translation The Canon
Part One General Introduction
As a result of scientific advancement, the ability of the human spirit to make use of material things has gradually weakened while the power of the material things that human beings make use of has daily grown stronger, conquering the weakened spirit of humankind and thereby...
Part Two Doctrine
Irwon9 is the noumenal nature10 of all beings in the universe, the original nature11 of all buddhas and patriarchs, and the Buddha-nature12 of all sentient beings.It is the realm where there is no differentiation of noumenon from phenomenon or being from nonbeing, the realm where there is no change of arising and ceasing or going and coming...
Part Three Practice
The mind-ground40 is originally devoid of disturbances, but they arise in response to the mental spheres;41 hence, let us maintain the concentration (samadhi) of the self-nature by keeping disturbances from arising...
Translation The Scripture of Sot’aesan
Upon his great enlightenment on the twenty-eighth day of April, in the first year of Won Buddhism (A.D. 1916), the Master said, ‘‘All things in the universe are of unitary noumenal nature and all dharmas are of unitary source, amongst which the way of neither arising nor ceasing and the principle of cause-effect response,...
Appendix I Translator’s Notes on Restoration of the Text
Appendix II Individuals in The Scripture of Sot’aesan
Chinese Character Glossary
Glossary of Terms
Publication Year: 2003
OCLC Number: 52974228
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