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A Survey of Studies on Beobgyedogi-chongsurok

  • 불교학리뷰
  • Abbr : Critical Review for Buddhist Studies
  • 2019, (26), pp.131-157
  • DOI : 10.29213/crbs..26.201910.131
  • Publisher : Geumgang Center for Buddhist Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Buddhist Studies
  • Received : September 5, 2019
  • Accepted : October 7, 2019
  • Published : October 31, 2019

Hwang Seo Kwang 1

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ABSTRACT

Along with books by Gyunyo, the Beobgyedogi-chongsurok (Collection of Essential Records on the Dhārma Diagram) is regarded as the original text of the Uisang School of thought. Previous studies on Chongsurok can be divided into three areas; first, Uisang and his book, Ilseungbeobgye-do (Single Vehicle Dhārma Realm Diagram), second, historical background which forms the Gyunyo’s thoughts, and third, the others. Previous surveys of studies on Chongsurok have been briefly dealt with in Korea, in contrast to surveys conducted in Japan. Mostly they were surveys of studies on genealogy of the Uisang School of thought. But studies on Chongsurok offer a much wider range of themes. Chongsurok is a compilation of the Hua-yen doctrine of the Uisang School of thought, spanning a period of three-hundred years, according to thirty-two books cited. Without considering rigorous deployment of methodology, periodization and doctrinal division, it is impossible to understand Chongsurok systematically. A chronicle of the Uisang School of thought can be divided into two different periods, namely, the direct-teaching period and the annotation period. To be specific, the former is supposed to be teaching delivered directly from Uisang to Sillim, who was his grand disciple, and the latter starts from Beobyung, who was the grand-grand disciple of Uisang. Subdivision of the annotation period can be achieved by analyzing the texts titled Beobgi, Jingi, and Daegi, each of which has different authors, and is published at different intervals along the timeline that tracks the evolution of the annotations. It should be pointed out that the subject of the study is biased toward Doctrinal Classification and Manifestation of Reality theory of the Uisang School of thought. There are important subjects of study left that are Ilseung (Single Vehicle) theory, which inquires into the true meaning of Buddha’s teaching on Avataṁsaka sūtra and Dependent Origination theory, which is developed into Ohae (Five Seas), Mucheuk (No Sides), Isipiwi (Twenty-two grades) doctrines.

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