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A study on the buddist birth temple of the enlightened monk Lee Dong In

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2019, (80), pp.379-403
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..80.201902.379
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 30, 2018
  • Accepted : February 1, 2019
  • Published : February 28, 2019

NO, Sung Hwan 1

1울산대학교

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ABSTRACT

There have been detailed studies on the activities and achievements of Lee Dong In, but little is known about his personal identity or when and where he was born. Despite the fact that there is no proof about the location of his birth temple, different studies have argued that he was from Bongeunsa, Beomeosa, Tongdosa, Haeinsa, or even Booyea in Japan. Some argue that he was not originally a monk but became a Japanese monk in 1880. Among these assertions, it is widely accepted that Lee Dong In was from Beomeosa. This is reflected in South Korean dictionaries. This is the result of carelessness by younger scholars. Despite the fact that past literature has mentioned that Tongdo was Lee Dong’s temple, these researchers neglected this information and instead trusted the writings of the great scholar Lee Neung Hwa. However, various sources have confirmed that Lee Dong In was a Tongdosa Buddhist. These include the memoirs of Seo Jae Pil in Korea; a Japanese naval service document titled「日清日露戦役時 清韓地名位置」; an article from the Choya Newspaper on November 14, 1880; the history of Jinjong Daigokpa, “The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Joseon Dynasty”; and the Josun-Pogyo journal. These sources provide specific testimonies and records from individuals who met and communicated with Lee Dong In. They clearly state that he was a monk from Tongdo Temple (Baikryeonam). In other words, Lee Dong In was from Tongdosa temple.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.