ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Daesan (Kim, Daegŏ, 1914~1998) was the third Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism who succeeded Venerable Chŏngsan’s Dharma seat.
During his 33 years as the Head Dharma Master, he made great efforts to establish the foundation of overseas missions, and especially emphasized the training of mind practice, and vowed that together we would eliminate poverty, and ignorance, and disease from the world.
In particular, he had a strong interest in the world peace movement through inter-religious cooperation and the establishment of United Religions.
While he raised the status of Won Buddhism to one of the major religions in Korea, he prepared its basis for being a world religion.
He published several books about mind practice including An Explanatory Diagram for the Practice of The Doctrine of Won Buddhism and The Essentials of The Chŏngjŏn(The Principle Book of Won Buddhism).
The Doctrinal Chart
The Founding Spirit of the Teaching
Declaration of the Religious Doctrine
Repaying the Momentous Fourfold Grace
Practice of the Four Essentials
Practice of the Threefold Study I
Practice of the Threefold Study II
Practice of the Threefold Study III
Practice of the Threefold Study IV
Practice of the Threefold Study, Conclusion
The Eight Articles
Nine Articles of the Main Principles of Doctrine
Six Items of Practice in Daily Applications
The Two Great Dharmas of Training
Six Great Principles of Daily Living
APPENDIX I: Diagram of the Dharma Gateway
The Ethics of Threefold Unity
The Three Great Elements of World Peace
The Ten Episodes of the Founding Master
The Buddha’s Eight Episodes and Our Own Practice
APPENDIX II: Diagram of the Dharma Gateway of Additional Commentary on the First Dharma Words
The First Dharma Words
The Way of Self-Cultivation and Regulating the Family
The Way of Governing Countries
The Great Way of Keeping the World in Peace
Self-Cultivation of the Buddhadharma
Self-Cultivation in Confucianism
The Way of Progression and Regression in the Great and Virtuous Person and the Superior Individual
Daoism, Christianity, Chondogyo, the Jeungsan Philosophy
Won Buddhism Faith and Practice without Partiality through Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism
The Four Great Campaigns for World Peace I
The Four Great Campaigns for World Peace II
APPENDIX III: Diagram of the Dharma Gateway
The Meaning of Enshrining the Dharmakāya Buddha
The Three Great Aspirations of the Tathāgata
The Dharma Gateway of the Three Fields
The Six Types of Storing, the Six Studies, and the Six Ways
The Bearings of Human Life
Educating Small Children
The Three Major Causes of Human Prosperity and Destitution
The Three Great Proposals for World Peace
The System of the Won-Buddhist Order
The name Won Buddhism (Won-Bul-Kyo in Korean) is a compound words for truth, enlightenment, and teaching. Won means circle and symbolizes the ultimate truth. Bul means enlightenment, and Kyo means teaching the truth. Therefore, Won Buddhism is the path that leads us to become enlightened to the truth.
Won Buddhism makes Buddha’s teaching relevant and suitable to contemporary society. Won Buddhism aims to revitalize and modernize Buddhism, to bring ancient Buddhist truth to contemporary society, and to use Buddhist teachings and meditation practice for practical and useful purposes. The goal of Won Buddhism is to build One World Community and to realize the oneness of life based on the Buddhist world view of interdependency and interconnectedness of all.
Won Buddhism was established by Great Master Sotaesan in Korea in 1916 with the founding motto: “As material civilization develops, cultivate spiritual civilization accordingly.”
Won Buddhism shares main tenets and aspects with Mahayana Buddhism, one of the two major traditions of Buddhism. At the same time, it has built on and developed Mahayana Buddhism with the following tenets:
Materialism is a fact we cannot avoid. However, as contemporary society becomes increasingly materialistic, technologically advanced, and globally integrated, it is critical to develop our spirituality in equal measure.
We embrace and accept those of other faiths and seek to work together to build a better world.
With the teaching of the explicit acceptance of other religions, Won Buddhism leads the movement for inter-religious cooperation based on the Ethics of Triple Identity; all religions and spirituality are based on a Common Source, all human beings and all forms of life are interdependent as a One Earth Family and all enterprises have a Common Purpose. Won Buddhists believe that all religions have a responsibility to offer the right spiritual direction for all humankind and should cooperate and make the world a peaceful paradise by taking a lead role in constructing a world community.
Won Buddhists have participated and promoted in local, national, regional and international interreligious dialogue and cooperation since 1970. Interreligious understanding and cooperation are a central teaching of Won Buddhism. Won Buddhism is accredited by the United Nations and a member of religious NGO at the UN. Won Buddhism is a founding member of KCRP (Korean Conference of Religions for Peace), and actively engages in WCRP (World Conference of Religions for Peace), WFB (World Fellowship of Buddhists), and ACRP (Asian Conference of Religions for Peace) and our relationship has served as co-presidents and staff.
Won Buddhism is socially engaged in the fields of environment, education, social service, community service, human rights, women’s issues and humanitarian assistance.