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The Functioning of a Buddha’s Mind


Author: Venerable Kyongsan / English Edition / Pages: 384 / Paperback

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Venerable Kyongsan


Paperback Binding, 384 Pages


Seoul Selection


September 12, 2011








6.0 (W) * 7.8 (H) * 0.8 (D), inches

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Leture: The Diamond Sutra in Daily Life

In human existence, the way in which we use our mind is what ultimately creates happiness and misfortune. Thus,, our first task is to find the truth within the mind and to train the mind. Since this is the ultimate task falling upon religion, we, who first find and practice the Diamond Sutra way in our mind, will ultimately master the providence that governs the universe.  (Ven. Kyungsan)

The Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra, or the Diamond Sutra: One of the chief texts of Seon (Ch’an or Zen) Buddhism, which focuses on emptiness and the non-substantiality of things and forms. Cf. “Wheresoever are material characteristics, there is delusion.” It was first translated into Chinese in 402 C.E. by Kuramajiva and there now exist five different Chinese versions. It was also translated into Korean in 1580 during the reign of King Seonjo, the 7th King of the Joseon Dynasty. (From

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Venerable Kyongsan (Jang, Eungcheol, b.1940) was the fifth Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism. He entered the Won Buddhist faith at the age of twenty and graduated from the Department of Won Buddhist Studies at Wonkwang University in 1968. He served as President of the Youngsan College of Zen Studies, Executive Director of Administration for Won Buddhism, and Director of the Jung-ang Retreat Center before being inaugurated as the fifth Head Dharma Master in 2006.

Venerable Kyongsan continued with his efforts to realize the ideals of his predecessor, Venerable Daesan, the Third Head Dharma Master, whose Three Proposals for World Peace are the development of moral discipline for cultivating the mind, the opening up a common market, and the establishment of United Religions.

Venerable Kyongsan’s particular devotion was the realization of world peace through inter-religious cooperation, uniting people of all religious faiths to work toward the establishment of a worldwide organization of United Religions.

In the 12th year of his service as the fifth Head Dharma Master, he retired and became Head Dharma Master Emeritus in November of 2018.

Venerable Kyongsan has written many books, including “The World of Lao-tzu,” “Taming the Ox: Our Mind,” “Hill of Freedom: Commentary on The Heart Sutra,” “The Functioning of a Buddha’s Mind: The Diamond Sutra in Everyday Life,” and “The Moon of the Mind Rises in Empty Space.”

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Chapter  1.  Thus Did I Hear

Chapter  2.  Two Fundamental Questions of Mind-Practice

Chapter  3.  Nine Minds tThat Must Be Reformed

Chapter  4.  Where The Buddha’s Mind Dwells

Chapter  5.  The Unchainging Reality

Chapter  6.  Prophecies on The Dharma-Ending World

Chapter  7.  Grounding in the No-Mind

Chapter  8.  The True Buddhadharma Requires

Chapter  9.  Four Stages of Mind-Practice

Chapter 10.  Practice to Cultivate the Mind-Field

Chapter 11.  The Greatest Merit

Chapter 12.  The Place Where the Diamond Sutra Is Present

Chapter 13.  Deciding the Title of the Scripture

Chapter 14.  True Practice with Forbearance

Chapter 15. The Tathāgata Sees and Knows All

Chapter 16. Reducing Karma from Previous Lives

Chapter 17. I Without I

Chapter 18. The Five Discernments of the Buddha

Chapter 19. The Merits of Giving the Seven Treasures

Chapter 20. The Unknowable Mind of the Buddha

Chapter 21. Words That Cannot Be Expressed in Words

Chapter 22. The Unattainable Mind

Chapter 23. The Mind Tat We All Possess Equally

Chapter 24. The Incomparable Merit

Chapter 25. The Buddha’s Edifying Mind

Chapter 26. The Physical Body and the Dharmakāya

Chapter 27. The Meaning of ‘Nonexistence’

Chapter 28. To Freedom

Chapter 29. That Mind Going, That Mind Coming

Chapter 30. The Truth Is One

Chapter 31. The Views of the Buddha

Chapter 32. A Plea for Edification

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