Buddhist master Uicheon brought Tiantai from China in the 6th century in order to unify Goryeo Buddhism as the sect embraced both study and training. Cheontae is the Korean descendant of the Chinese Buddhist school Tiantai which was established by master Zhiyi to settle down confrontation between Zen sect and nonZen sect. He asserted that through study and training everybody can reach enlightenment and this is but Tiantai.
Korean Sangwol Wongak Daejosa founded the Korean Tiantai headquarters Guin Temple and the tradition has been passed down to Namdaechung Daejongsa and Kimdoyong Daejongsa. Korean Tiantai is putting into practice patriotic Buddhism, everyday Buddhism and popular Buddhism. The philosophy embraces individuals, society and nation as the grounds for practicing teachings of Buddha.
|▲ Jangheung Temple / Chief Monk Dukjoong|
Jangheung Temple in Aju-dong, Geoje, goes back to Silla Kingdom. Many monks paid a visit for prayer from a long time ago. Chief Monk Dukjoong says “I especially emphasize the importance of everyday Buddhism in a way to practice teachings of Buddha. Instead of confining in a remote area, I spread the teachings to the ordinary people in the world of suffering.”
As part of this effort, Dukjoong is running Geumgang Buddhist School and has trained around 100 students alongside Jangheung Temple Kindergarten that has fostered around 200 kindergarteners. Dukjoong is also spreading tea ceremony to the people and engaging in various activities including a choir and donations. The temple is open 24 hours for everybody to take a rest and recharge energy.
“In order to learn teachings of Buddha, we must give up obsession. Jangheung Temple in Geoje is practicing teachings of Buddha and the master Daejosa” says Dukjoong. <PowerKorea>
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