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.
The Scripture of The Founding Master :
The collected discourses of Sotaesan expound the Won Buddhist dharma in real situations so that it can be be applied in actual situations of daily life.
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.
An Outline of the Teaching…
Buddhism is the unsurpassed, great path; its truths and expedients are immense, so that numerous spiritual mentors have taken them as the basis of various schools and sects, thereby opening the gates of propagation and teaching countless people. The fundamental principles of all the world’s religions are also essentially one, but as different religions have long been established with different systems and expedients, there have been not a few incidents of failure to reach harmony and dialogue between these religious groups. All this is due to ignorance of the fundamental principles underlying all religions and their sects. How could this be the original intent of all the buddhas and sages?
Looking especially at the Buddhism of the past, its institutions were organized mainly in terms of monastic orders, which were not well suited to people living in the secular world, so that anyone who wished to be a true Buddhist had to ignore one’s duties and responsibilities to the secular life and even give up one’s occupation. In such a situation, no matter how good the buddhadharma, it would be difficult for all the many living creatures in this boundless world to gain access to the buddhas’ grace. How could this be the consummate, great Way?
Therefore, we have enshrined as the object of faith and the model of practice Il-Won-Sang (One Circle Image), the Dharmakāya (law-body) Buddha, which is the original source of all things in the universe and the mind-seal of all the buddhas and sages. We have laid down as the main principles of faith and practice the Fourfold Grace of Heaven and Earth, Parents, Fellow Beings, and Laws, and the Threefold Study of Cultivating the Spirit, Inquiry into Human Affairs and Universal Principles, and Choice in Action. Our aim is to become adherents of a broad and consummate religion by incorporating and making use as well of the doctrines of all the world’s religions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Venerable Sotaesan (Park, Joongbin), 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.”
Ⅰ. The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism
Part One:General Introduction
Chapter One: The Founding Motive of the Teaching
Chapter Two: An Outline of the Teaching
Chapter One: The Il-Won-Sang
Chapter Two: The Fourfold Grace
Chapter Three: The Four Essentials
Chapter Four: The Threefold 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 Essentia 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 Sŏn
Chapter Eight: The Instructionon Repentance
Chapter Nine: Mental Affirmation(Simgo) and Formal Prayer(Kido)
Chapter Ten: The Dharma 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 Instructionon Suffering and Happiness
Chapter Fifteen: An Ill Society and ItsTreatment
Chapter Sixteen: The Dharma of the Wholeness of Both Spirit and Flesh
Chapter Seventeen: Stages of Dharma Rank
Ⅱ. The Scripture of the Founding Master
Chapter One: Prefatory
Chapter Two: Doctrine
Chapter Three: Practice
Chapter Four: The Way of Humanity
Chapter Five: Cause and Effect
Chapter Six: Doubts Clarified
Chapter Seven: The Principle of the Nature
Chapter Eight: Buddhahood
Chapter Nine: Sending on Spirits in Transition
Chapter Ten: Belief and Dedication
Chapter Eleven: Maxims
Chapter Twelve: Exemplary Acts
Chapter Thirteen: On the Order
Chapter Fourteen: Prospects
Chapter Fifteen: Entrusting
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.