Buddhist order to build village for ‘Seon’ meditation in southern city

SEOUL, July 4 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s mainstream Buddhist order has set out to build a large-scale complex in a southern city to provide experiences of “Seon” meditation, better known as Zen meditation, to Buddhist followers as well as ordinary people, a committee in charge of the project said Wednesday.

Under the plan led by the Jogye Order’s Bongam Temple and a group of Seon monks, the Mungyeong Global Meditation Village will be created in the southern city of Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province, by 2021, according to the committee.

The complex will feature meditation facilities, accommodations, cafeterias and other amenities over some 120,000 square-meters of land at the foot of the city’s Mount Heeyang. The facilities are designed to accommodate as many as 300 people at the same time.

The project was devised to globally promote the Korean Buddhism’s school of Seon, characterized by its emphasis on rigorous self-control, meditation and practice. A similar Japanese Buddhist school is more widely known as Zen.

“Buddhism is declining and the country is facing many issues while all of humanity is witnessing a serious discrepancy between the material world and the spiritual world,” Monk Euijeong, the head of the committee, said in a press conference.

“Seon should be in the lead of the civilization of the 21st century and (we) also plan to revive the spirit of Seon in South Korea to reach out to the world,” he said.

He also said the Buddhist sector plans to make it easier for ordinary Buddhist followers and other civilians to gain access to the meditation technique of the Seon school.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction is set for next week with a plan to finalize the building of the complex by the end of 2021.

A budget of 29 billion won (US$26 million) will be funded by financial support from the central and local governments as well as donations from the Buddhist order and followers.

The complex will be built in the style of traditional Korean temples and will provide a range of meditation programs when it opens after 2021.

A computer image of the Mungyeong Global Meditation Village to be created in the southern city of Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province, by 2021. This photo was provided by the committee in charge of the project. (Yonhap)

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UNESCO lists Korean mountain Buddhist temples as World Heritage sites


Seonamsa 선암사 仙巖寺 www.sunamsa.or.kr


Daeheungsa 대흥사 大興寺 www.daeheungsa.co.kr


Beopjusa 법주사 法住寺 beopjusa.org


Magoksa 마곡사 麻谷寺 www.magoksa.or.kr


Tongdosa 통도사 通度寺 www.tongdosa.or.kr


Bongjeongsa 봉정사 鳳停寺 www.bongjeongsa.org


Buseoksa 부석사 浮石寺 www.pusoksa.org

Seven ancient Korean mountain temples, which typify the way Buddhism in the country has merged with Indigenous beliefs and styles, were listed as UNESCO world heritage sites on Saturday.

The seven mountain temples – Seonamsa, Daeheungsa, Beopjusa, Magoksa, Tongdosa, Bongjeongsa, Buseoksa – were all established during the Three Kingdoms period that lasted until the 7th century AD.

UNESCO made the announcement at a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Buddhism was imported to the Korean peninsula in the fourth century and accepted by the ancient kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla, establishing it as the national religion for more than 1,000 years.

During the religion’s heyday in the fifth and sixth centuries many houses of worship were built under strong state patronage, accelerating the importation of Buddhist culture, architecture and style.

Over time elements of traditional Korean beliefs merged into the religion, forming the Tong Buddhist doctrine, meaning consolidation or integration, and temple architectural layouts followed suit.

Buildings were constructed in supposedly auspicious locations and many temples set up in hilly areas, in line with the traditional Korean reverence for mountains and the Zen focus on meditation in a calm environment.

Temples were built on high positions protected by hills and commanding an open view over other mountains.

A typical mountain temple has a long winding entrance path up the slope, buildings laid out in a square with an inner courtyard in the middle.

The most important hall is on the highest level at the back, and halls for meditation, everyday living areas for monks, and a pavilion form the other three sides.

But Buddhism’s influence began to wane after the Chosun dynasty, which took over in the 14th century, adopted Confucianism as its ideology and launched an extensive and enduring crackdown on the religion.

It forced many urban temples to close, leaving only those in remote hills to survive.

List of UNESCO World Heritage entries

  • Complex of Koguryo Tombs
  • Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong
  • Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks
  • Jongmyo Shrine
  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  • Hwaseong Fortress
  • Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
  • Gyeongju Historic Areas
  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
  • Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
  • Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong
  • Namhansanseong
  • Baekje Historic Areas
  • Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea
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    설조스님이 국민께 드리는 글

    조계종 적폐청산 위한 설조스님 단식선언

    설정 총무원장 퇴진 촛불법회

    ‘조계종 적폐청산 요구’ 설조스님, 폭염 속 단식 31일째/SBS 2018.7.20

    ‘개혁 요구’ 설조 스님 단식 35일째…조계종 내홍 계속/JTBC 2018.7.24

    설정 스님 “조속한 시일 내에 진퇴 여부 결정”/YTN 2018.7.27

    설조스님 “교단 정화의 불 지피는 데 저를 심지로 쓰겠다”

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    Congratulatory Remarks for the Buddha’s Birthday

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    Congratulatory Remarks

    The entire world is celebrating the birth of the Buddha with blooming flowers of peace. Buddha came to this world to teach us that we are all the most pure beings with Buddha-nature at our heart. He did not end with just achieving his own enlightenment but continued to practice endlessly for peace and comfort of all sentient beings.

    Within our mind, we can find our true life. It is the existence of the infinite possibility to provide comfort and peace for all sentient beings. When facing any difficulty, we can stand up proudly by our own effort. Having faith in and practicing the true life is the only way to an awakened life and to the nirvana. Buddha’s birthday is the day to remind ourselves of such teaching and the day to take the vow to return to the pure mind of wisdom and compassion.

    Long winter of division has passed and spring of peace has arrived. Flower of harmony and cooperation is blooming. Through the Panmunjom Declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The energy of coexistence that we have fostered will spread around the world through the upcoming North Korea-United States summit. Let’s join our efforts to practice peace. Let’s transcend beyond the division of liberal and conservative, and socio-economic classes to advance as one.

    Once we realize there is the pure and infinite wisdom within ourselves, and take a good look at ourselves while practicing compassion, the world will become much more beautiful. Buddhist followers should practice with a sincere dedication to unite the world as a single flower. Buddhist practice including meditation, scripture reading, mantra and sutra chanting are true ways to find one’s original self. To many of our citizens who have not yet been exposed to Buddhism, I would like to recommend you to have time of meditation once a day to look around yourselves and to remind yourselves of how precious you are. We can realize the spirit of “all things forming a single body (萬有一體)” and that all things and “I” are one when we have the wisdom to love ourselves. Furthermore, we can practice the “great compassion of a single body (同體大悲)” by considering all sentient beings as precious as ourselves and nurturing them.

    While fostering peace through wisdom and compassion shall be the foundation of our lives, social “compassion of single body” can be practiced through just distribution. We shall devote ourselves to creating a world without alienation or discrimination and to solving the issues related to youth unemployment, lack of welfare for elders, gender inequality and racial discrimination. Wisdom will make us stronger and compassion will make us warmer.

    The amazing scientific development in the 4th industrial revolution will open up an astounding future world. We need to be main actors in enhancing our lives with the spirit of wisdom and compassion and in leading the world peace. In order to do so, we need to examine our own greed and ignorance. We need to create a future of pure honesty and self-sufficiency instead of a future for merely satisfying our greed. This is the world of coexistence we shall form.

    A single flower becomes tens of thousands of flowers which become one great flower. We are all individual beings, yet we are also fellow practitioners living in the same world. When we realize this precious connection, our world will be as a sigle flower at last.

    If we have faith in the fact that we are Buddha, recover the original pure mind, and live with a sincere heart, everyone we meet will be bodhisattva and everywhere we go will be the pure land of utmost bliss. If we can all live as Buddha from this moment, everyday would be “Buddha’s Birthday.” I pray that the intrinsic meanings of Buddha’s birth would bloom as flowers in our mind filling it with the scent of peace and happiness.

    May 22, 2018 in the Buddhist Era 2562

    Ven. Seol Jeong​
    Chairperson of Buddha’s Birthday Celebration Committee
    President of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
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    “Biography of Seongcheol” Wins Grand Prize at the 14th Buddhist Publishing Culture Award

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    After having reviewed 110 books on Buddhism submitted by 34 publishers, the grand jury for the 14th Buddhist Publishing Culture Award – organized by the Central Directorate for Religious Affairs at Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and hosted by the Buddhist Publishers Association – announced 10 Buddhist Books of the Year and 1 recipient of the Hyangsan Translation Award.

    “Biography of Seongcheol” is written by Kim Taek Geun, a journalist who remembered the Great Seon Master Seongcheol as “the one who travelled to the planet earth leaving the least amount of marks during his life, yet leaving the deepest fragrant.” The book was praised for tracing back to the Great Seon Master Seongcheol’s life and thoughts, successfully capturing the teachings and enlightenment, and ultimately reincarnating the Great Seon Master back to the world. “Biography of Seongcheol” is especially remarkable for bringing back to us the teachings of the Great Seon Mater 70 years after the reformation movement at Bong Am Sa temple and 50 years after the 100-day dharma sermon. Therefore, it was acclaimed as a much needed book that could guide us to the life of truth and the way to live happily with our neighbors in the age of chaos.

    The following is a summary of a lecture given by Kim Taek Geun regarding the “Biography of Seongcheol” titled teachings left by the Grand Seon Master Seongcheol at the 23rd Buddhist Forum. The lecture provided five great teachings by the Grand Seon Master Seongcheol including “Let’s live by Buddha’s law”, “Three-thousand prostrations”, ‘“Discourse of Sudden Enlightenment – Sudden Cultivation”, “Let’s take a good look at ourselves” and “Let’s pray for others and help them without them finding out”

     

    Religion is related to the thoughts after death and it is about obtaining eternal happiness through leaving the relative and finite world to enter the absolute and infinite world.

    Grand Seon Master Seongcheol also wandered in earlier part of his life seeking for the way to eternal happiness. At first, the young monk thought that the way could be found in the books. So, he read all kinds of books. However, the way never appeared to him. The way to eternal life and eternal life could not be obtained from the books. Then one day, his eyes were stuck on a line of sentence in the book, <Lecture on Vegetable Root Discourse (菜根譚)>.

    “I have a book made without paper or ink. Though there is not a single word in the book, the book always reflects a great light (我有一卷經 不因紙墨成 展開無一字 常放大光明.”

    Grand Seon Master Seongcheol experienced a moment of sudden understanding. Then he searched for books without words and made without paper and ink. He finally abandoned the world of words he faithfully worshipped. Teachings of Laozi came to his attention.

    “In studying, each day something is gained. In following Dao, each day something is lost. Lost and again lost. Until there is nothing left to do. Not-doing, nothing is left undone (爲道日損 爲學日益 損之又損 以至於無爲 無爲而無不爲)” (Laozi)

    In the Grand Seon Mater also quoted Wang Yangming in <100 Day Dharma Sermon>.

    “Because each and everyone has within an unerring compass, the root and source of the myriad transformations lies in the mind. I laugh when I remember that I was only searching outside following branches and leaves. When one realizes that there is neither sound nor scent on one’s own, this is the foundation for all within heaven and earth. But, people abandon their own limitless treasury and go door-to-door with alms bowl in hand like a beggar.”

    The quotation emphasizes the point that people are going around door-to-door begging for food from other people’s house forgetting the treasure vault within one’s own mind. Grand Seon Master Seongcheol admitted to a fact by quoting Wang Yangming that he was dragged around by words looking at the wrong places through reading a large volume of books of all ages and countries.

    Grand Seon Master Seongcheol, who searched for the books made without paper and ink, finally encountered Buddhism. One day, while passing a village Grand Seon Master Seongcheol received a book from an elderly monk. The book was <Song of Enlightenment证道歌> by Chan Master Yongjia.

    When the Grand Seon Master opened the book, it was as if a bright sun was shining light toward the way in the middle of the night. <Song of Enlightenment 证道歌> taught him that the way to eternal happiness does not lie in the words or books. Those who seek the way to eternal happiness from words or books are counting the sands under the sea. This was the story of the young man, Great Seon Master was, who sought for the truth.

     

    The mirror has never been polished to clean off the dust accrued from before,

    And today the mirror has been definitely cleaned.

    比來塵鏡未曾磨

    今日分明須剖析

     

    Tea teaching expresses that the fundamental nature of sentient beings is pure. However, the golden hue of wisdom has been draped with anguish and delusion. When we clear our mind, we are all originally Buddha. Buddha does not exist separate from us but exists within us. Shakyamuni Buddha was first to discover that all sentient beings are orignially Buddha. Finally, this was the moment when Grand Seon Master Seongcheol met Shakyamuni Buddha.

    Grand Seon Master Seongcheol realized that the treasure vault within oneself is the “mind”. However, he needed to learn the way to clear the mind of all the defilements. So, he began the Seon meditation. Piercing straight through the Hwadu, Grand Seon Master Seongcheol was able to see his true nature.

     

    After having read <Biography of Seongcheol>, Prof. Bae Jae Ho summarized the 8 major incidents of Grand Seon Master Seongcheol’s life as follows. Prof. Bae depicted Grand Seon Master Seongcheol’s life into eight phases following the Buddhist tradition: Lay-practice at Daewonsa Temple (유발수행), Renunciation of secular life to become a monk at Haeinsa Temple (퇴설출가), Enlightenment at Golden Hall of Donghwasa Temple (금당성도), Establishing Association for Practice at Bongamsa Temple (결사수행), Lone Practice at Seongjeonam Hermitage (동구불출), First Teaching at Gimlyongsa Temple (초전법륜), 100-Day Dharma Sermon at Haeinsa Temple (백일법문), Nirvana at Haeinsa (퇴설열반).

     

    In other words, the eight phases are achieving “In the waking state, one mind (動靜一如)” state of practice through reading the <Letters (書狀)> of Chan Master Dahui (大慧) at Daewonsa Temple, receiving the dharma name of Seongcheol (성철) from Seon Master Dongsan after joining the monastic life at Haeinsa Temple, attaining enlightenment at Geumdang Seon Center of Donghwasa Temple at the age of 29, establishing association for practice at Bongamsa Temple, practicing alone at Seongjeonam Hermitage without ever leaving for 10 years, teaching for the first time at Gimlyongsa Temple, giving dharma sermon for 100 days at Haeinsa Temple and entering into Nirvana at Haeinsa. Prof. Bae was able to summarize the life of the Grand Seon Master described in the book better that the author, myself.

     

    One could pose a question why Grand Seon Master Seongcheol read so many Buddhist books and considered them so precious. The answer lies in that the commentaries and theoretical background recorded in Tripitaka Koreana (팔만대장경) is regarded as an itinerary. It is a finger pointing at the direction of enlightenment and a traveller’s guide. Therefore, it is merely a type of prescription as stated by Shakyamuni Buddha. Since medicine cannot be obtained without a prescription, the prescription must be precious as well. This is the reason why Grand Seon Master Seongcheol always had the Buddhist sutras near him and considered them precious.

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    Pusoksa

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    Master Uisang was studying in China when secret information was revealed
    to him. T’ang warlords were planning to attack Shilla, Uisang’s beloved
    homeland. The information came to the young monk through the lovelorn daughter
    of a high-ranking T’ang official at whose home Uisang was staying. He immediately
    set out to warn his countrymen. The daughter rushed after him, but was
    too late, for the ship was disappearing over the horizon. In desperation,
    the girl flung herself into the sea and drowned. This supreme act of sacrifice
    transformed her into a dragon which guarded the ship all the way back to
    Shilla. 

    The attack averted, Uisang set himself to the task of searching for
    the ideal temple site. He found it on Mt. Ponghwangsan, but the villagers
    refused to vacate the chosen spot. Once again, the dragon appeared, threatening
    to hurl a massive rock on the village. The people fled and 
    view of temple
    the dragon came crashing to the earth and exhaled its last breath. This
    is the site of the Main Hall of Pusoksa today. To the west you can see
    a rock, a small portion of the one hurled by the dragon. Therefore, Pusoksa
    is called Temple of the Floating Stone.



    Pusoksa, constructed in 676 CE at the orders of Shilla King Munmu,
    is a temple which shows the transition period between those originally
    built in the plains during the period of the Three Kingdoms and those built
    in the mountains during the later Koryo and Choson periods.

    The Main Hall enshrines Amitabha. Originally built in 676, the present
    structure dates from 1358, one of the oldest wooden buildings in Korea.
    The foundation is of granite. The columns supporting the roof are fitted
    with brackets which seem complicated at first but which are actually amazingly
    simple. The hipped-and-gabled roof is in perfect proportion to the body
    of the building, giving the hall a unique feeling. Inside, the statue sits
    in the 
    image of buddha
    west facing east because it is an Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise.
    It is the oldest clay statue in Korea.

    To the left of the Main Hall, at the bottom of a steep bluff, lies
    the legendary floating stone. To the right of the stone is a three-story
    pagoda behind which is a pavilion dedicated to the Chinese girl who, in
    the form of a dragon, helped Master Uisang.

    Chosadang, a hall for portraits of great masters, lies 100 meters to
    the northeast of the Main Hall. The building’s original frescoes of guardians
    and gods are the best exisiting examples of Koryo Dynasty wall paintings
    and are currently being kept in a separate place for safe-keeping. Just
    under the eaves of Chosadang, there is a tree which sprang from a stick
    that Uisang put there on his way to India. He is reputed to have foretold
    that if a tree grew it would never die. And so it is, ever green and blooming
    after 1,300 years!

    Pusoksa has many treasures: the flagpole supports; the Koryo wood-blocks;
    the pudo, conical stone objects in which the remains of famous monks are
    kept; the two stone pagodas; and the monument to Master Wonyung, are only
    some of the wonderful objects which have survived Korea’s turbulent history.
    The stone lantern, which dates from the Unified Shilla Period, is a masterpiece
    of proportion anddesign.

    An Ever-Changing Self – Neuroscience Backs Buddhism

    By Olivia Goldhill

    While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then-your essential being-was intrinsically the same as it is today.

    Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion-a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.

    “Buddhists argue that nothing is constant, everything changes through time, you have a constantly changing stream of consciousness,” Evan Thompson, a philosophy of mind professor at the University of British Columbia, tells Quartz. “And from a neuroscience perspective, the brain and body is constantly in flux. There’s nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s an unchanging self.”

    Neuroscience and Buddhism came to these ideas independently, but some scientific researchers have recently started to reference and draw on the Eastern religion in their work—and have come to accept theories that were first posited by Buddhist monks thousands of years ago.

    One neuroscience paper, published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences in July, links the Buddhist belief that our self is ever-changing to physical areas of the brain. There’s scientific evidence that “self-processing in the brain is not instantiated in a particular region or network, but rather extends to a broad range of fluctuating neural processes that do not appear to be self specific,” write the authors.

    Thompson, whose work includes studies of cognitive science, phenomenology and Buddhist philosophy, says this is not the only area where neuroscience and Buddhism converge. For example, some neuroscientists now believe that cognitive faculties are not fixed but can be trained through meditation. And there may be scientific backing to the Buddhist belief that consciousness extends into deep sleep.

    “The standard neuroscience view is that deep sleep is a blackout state where consciousness disappears,” Thompson says. “In Indian philosophy we see some theorists argue that there’s a subtle awareness that continues to be present in dreamless sleep, there’s just a lack of ability to consolidate that in a moment-to-moment way in memory.”

    butterfly_dreamStudies of meditators’ sleep patterns suggest this might indeed be the case. A study published in 2013 found that meditation can affect electro-physical brain patterns during sleep, and the findings suggest there could be capacity to “process information and maintain some level of awareness, even during a state when usually these cognitive functions are greatly impaired,” according to the researchers.

    But neither neuroscience nor Buddhism has a definitive answer on exactly how consciousness relates to the brain. And the two fields diverge on certain aspects of the topic. Buddhists believe that there’s some form of consciousness that’s not dependent on the physical body, while neuroscientists (and Thompson), disagree.

    But Thompson supports the Buddhists’ view that the self does in fact exist.

    “In neuroscience, you’ll often come across people who say the self is an illusion created by the brain. My view is that the brain and the body work together in the context of our physical environment to create a sense of self. And it’s misguided to say that just because it’s a construction, it’s an illusion.”

    This article was originally published as: Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief  that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing