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The Moon of the Mind Rises in Empty Space


Author: Venerable Kyongsan / English Edition / Pages: 182 / Paperback

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Venerable Kyongsan


Paperback Binding, 182 Pages


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5.9 (W) * 7.8 (H) * 0.5 (D), inches

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Leading the Way to Building Il-Won World

Korea’s Reformed and Modernized Buddhism With the World through First English-Language Lecture Collection Lecture-style commentary on the Il-Won-Sang Vow, a prayer containing the core ideas of Won-Buddhism Detailed and accessible explanations from Venerable Kyungsan, the fifth Prime Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism Theoretical explanation on the truth’s way of being and methods for practice in daily life. The Moon of the Mind Rises in Empty Space: Lectures on the Il-Won-Sang Vow is the English-language edition of a collection addressing the key ideas of Won-Buddhism, a Korean form of Buddhism. The book was compiled from lectures delivered by Prime Dharma Master Kyongsan to Buddhist followers and the general public. A Pledge to Live One s Life in a Way that Emulates the Truth Won­-Buddhism (Won-Bul-Kyo in Korean) is a reformed and modernized Buddhism founded in 1916 by Ven. Sotaesan. The aims of the order include the popularization of Buddhist tenets and the adaptation of Buddhist principles to daily life. With a name meaning the one circle image, the Il-Won-Sang is the truth that is taken as the object of faith and model of practice in Won-Buddhism. The Il-Won-Sang Vow can be described as a pledge to live one s life in a way that emulates the Il-Won-Sang Truth. Mind-Practice, a Key to Leading Happy and Successful Life The Moon of the Mind Rises in Empty Space begins with a commentary on the theme of the Il-Won-Sang Vow, followed by an explanation in two parts on the vow s truth and practice aspects. The first part, The Truth of Il-Won-Sang, tells us how we can describe the truth, while the second part, The Practice of Il-Won-Sang, addresses how we can embody that truth in our everyday life. In particular, the second part on practice could be characterized as a practical methodology for mind-practice, an important element of Won-Buddhism. Our lives and this world are the manifestations of our minds, so the knowledge of how to use our minds is fundamental and the key to leading happy and successful lives.

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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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The Il-Won-Sang Vow

Commentary on the Thme of the Il-Won-Sang Vow




Chapter 1 General Content of the Il-Won-Sang Truth

Chapter 2 The Il-Won-Sang Truth Is the Root of All things

Chapter 3 The Changing and Immutable Creative

Transformations of the Il-Won-Sang Truth




Chapter 4 A Life Modeled Wholeheartedly on the Il-Won-Sang Truth

Chapter 5 The Life of Becoming a Buddha through the Threefold Study

Chapter 6 The Life of Progression and Grace

Chapter 7 The Result of Completing Our Vow

Chapter 8 Conclusion of the Il-Won-Sang Vow



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