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Diagram of Doctrinal Practice of Won Buddhism (A Religion of Practice, a Light in the World)


Author: Venerable Daesan / English Edition / Pages: 56 / Paperback

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Venerable Daesan


56 pages


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8.3 (W) * 11.8 (H) * 0.2 (D), inches

Won Symbol  ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Thin Line

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).

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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

Dharma Status

Status Examination


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

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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

Won Symbol  WON BUDDHISM  Thin Line

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.

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