|▲ Jinsung, Director of Korean Buddhist Taego Order Governing Synod Jeonbuk Office|
The mysteriousness of Tapsa (temple) and stone towers in Maisan (a mountain in South Jeolla Province) is well known to many Koreans. People who visited there seem to voice together that they felt a certain energy and comfort that lead them to visit there again. While they visit for mysterious energy and comfort, there is a Buddhist monk called Jinsung who worries whenever the number of visitors increases as they come with a whole lot of burden the life lays down on their shoulders. “Maisan is beautiful and has many mythical stories. This might be a reason for people to visit and unfold their story to an energy, or spirit if you like, in a form of a wish or prayer” says him. Believe it or not, if you pray at Tapsa, at least one of your wishes is fulfilled. The mysteriousness of Maisan is further enhanced by breathtakingly beautiful sea of clouds where a number of peaks pushes up their heads here and there. Having been the keeper of Tapsa for many years, Jinsung has practiced his good will of helping the people in need; he has held Buddhist services for the last 10 years and helped 17,000 prisoners train their minds of which 480 of them have turned over a new leaf through intensive face to face mentoring. He also has made a regular donation to the prisoner’s families in need while actively engaged in establishing Nanuwoori, an international relief organization, schools in remote areas overseas and the Jeonbuk-Vietnam Exchange Committee in December last year. Like Jinsung says that “I will keep burning myself like a candle does to fulfill my wish to help the people in the world”, his passion in spreading teachings of Buddha will never stop till the end.
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