Contemplation on the 25 methods of Jigye and practicing Jigwan
Kim, Jong-Du (Lecturer, Univ. of Dongguk)
Sage Jiui observed lots of destroying humanities during Nambukjo age’s confusion and wars, so he emphasized to have Gye for their restoration and practice. Many people became bonzes and started to practice, but the number of people to get comprehension decreased every year. Sage Jiui analyzed the reason critically. He thoroughly followed Gyehang in Mt. Cheontaesan and practiced. Then, his thoughts made great strides and that was the momentto make Cheontaesamdaebu. Those thoughts were extended to Gwanjeong, Damyeon, and Samyeongjirye, and made religious influence of Cheontaejong greater. Jigye idea was on the base.
Sage Jiui believedthat it is impossible to regard Gye and Jigwanhaeng separately. Therefore, he insists it is not possible to correctly practice without correct gye and you have to get rid of sin by contrition when you violate any of gye.
Thus, all of the current ascetics both married priests and bonzes should re-consider and comprehend its significance.
【 Key words 】 Jiui, Jigye (observing the Buddhist commandments), Mahajigwan, repentance, expedient