The Principal Book of Won Buddhism :
The Principal Book of Won Buddhism is the Won Buddhist Canon. It is the primary scripture written by Founding Master Sotaesan. Within its pages the fundamental Won Buddhist teaching is elucidated in a simple and easy fashion.
물질 (物質)이 개벽 (開闢) 되니 정신 (精神)을 개벽 (開闢) 하자
With this Great Opening of matter, Let there be a Great Opening of spirit.
Everywhere a Buddha Image, Every Act a Buddha Offering
Timeless Zen(Sŏn), Placeless Zen(Sŏn)
The Founding Motive of the Teaching – Today, with the development of scientific civilization, the human spirit, which should be making use of material things, has steadily weakened, while the power of material things, which human beings should be using, has daily grown stronger, conquering that weakened spirit and bringing it under its domination; humans therefore cannot help but be enslaved by the material. How would they avoid the turbulent sea of suffering in their lives? Consequently, our founding motive is to lead all sentient beings, who are drowning in the turbulent sea of suffering, to a vast and immeasurable paradise by expanding spiritual power and conquering material power through faith in a religion based on truth and training in morality based on facts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Sotaesan, the Founding Master of Won Buddhism
Park, Joongbin (1891~1943), better known as Sotaesan, was born the son of peasants on May 5, 1891 in Korea. His spiritual journey started with questions about natural phenomenon and human relationships. His determination to find answers to these questions eventually led to his great awakening on April 28, 1916.
At the age of 26 on April 28, 1916, he attained enlightenment after twenty years of seeking the truth and declared: “All things are of a single body and nature; all dharmas are of a single root source. In this regard, the Way (Tao) that is free from arising nor ceasing and the principle of the retribution and response of cause and effect, being mutually grounded on each other, have formed a clear and rounded framework.”
He offered visions and hopes for a future society of popularized Buddhist practice and living, and he made efforts for practical application, popularization, and modernization of Buddha Dharma under the founding motto: “As material civilization develops, cultivate spiritual civilization accordingly.”
As the spiritual leader of Won Buddhism for 28 years, including the dark period of World War II, he built a strong spiritual and material foundation of Won Buddhism from the three main undertakings of the order: edification, education, and charity.
He lived as an enlightened sage and completed the basic doctrine of Il Won Sang, the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace, and The Threefold Study.
On June 1, 1943, he entered into Nirvana at the age of 53 after he transmitted the verse of Truth to his disciples: “Being into nonbeing and nonbeing into being, Turning and turning— in the ultimate, Being and nonbeing are both void, yet this void is also complete.”
Part One: Genera lIntroduction
Chapter One: The Founding Motive of the Teaching
Chapter Two: An Outline of the Teaching
Part Two: Doctrine
Chapter One: The Il-Won-Sang
Chapter Two: The Four fold Grace
Chapter Three: The Four Essentials
Chapter Four: The Three fold Study
Chapter Five: The Eight Articles
Chapter Six: The Essential Ways of Human Life and of Practice
Chapter Seven: The Four Great Principles
Part Three: Practice
Chapter One: The Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice
Chapter Two: Fixed-Term Training and Daily Training
Chapter Three: The Dharma of Reciting the Buddha’s Name
Chapter Four: The Dharma of Seated Meditation
Chapter Five: Essential Cases for Questioning
Chapter Six: The Dharma of Keeping a Diary
Chapter Seven: The Dharma of Timeless Zen(Sŏn)
Chapter Eight: The Instruction on Repentance
Chapter Nine: Mental Affirmation and Supplication
Chapter Ten: TheD harma of Making Buddha Offerings
Chapter Eleven: The Precepts
Chapter Twelve: The Essential Discourse on Commanding the Nature
Chapter Thirteen: The First Dharma Words
Chapter Fourteen: The Dharma Instruction on Suffering andH appiness
Chapter Fifteen: An Ill Society and Its Treatment
Chapter Sixteen: The Dharma of the Wholeness of Both Spirit and Flesh
Chapter Seventeen: Stages of Dharma Rank
Homepage to The Scriptures of Won Buddhism :
The official multilingual webpage for the Scriptures of Won Buddhism. This webpage provides the officially approved versions or best translated versions of the six main scriptures of Won Buddhism in eleven languges.