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The Contemporary Understanding of Won-Buddhism's Thoughts of Filial Piety

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2015, (22), pp.51-79
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to examine the modern understanding of filial piety in Won-Buddhism, religion founded in Korea. After many years of searching for the truth and undergoing ascetic practices, Sotaesan(1891-1943), the Founding Master of Won-Buddhism, attained supreme enlightenment in 1916. Won-Buddhism is now recognized as one of four major religions in Korea and is growing worldwide. Similar to other Eastern traditions, the virtue of filial piety is emphasized in Won-Buddhism. According to Sotaesan, although the practice of Hyo(filial piety,孝) may vary according to the era, the spirit of filial piety will continue throughout the ages. One of the main teachings in Won-Buddhism is the Fourfold Grace which includes the Grace of Parents. Filial piety is one of the main concepts in the section on the Grace of Parents. Jeongsan(1900-1962), the second Prime Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism, taught that the way to practice filial piety was to show gratitude to one's parents, which is accomplished by awakening to the Fourfold Grace. Daesan(1914-1998), the third Prime Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism, filial piety and benevolence and is therefore known as the sage of filial piety. This study will be an important step to present the concept of Won-Buddhism's thoughts of filial piety.

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