S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Seoul Journal of Korean Studies Seoul Journal of Korean Studies vol.08 (1995)
Wonhyo´s IIsim philosophy and mass proselytization movement
- Nam, Dong-shin
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- Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol.8, pp. 143-162
- Wonhyo(617-686) was one of the foremost Buddhist philosophers as well as the most popular monks throughout Korean history. Through a formidable number of works running to approximately 80 tomes and 150 volumes, he surmounted the then pressing issue in East Asian Buddhism of the conflict between schools favoring old and new translation of Buddhist scriptures and succeeded in establishing his Ilsim("One Mind") philosophy. In this respect, he can be said to have contributed greatly to the development not only of Korean but of East Asian Buddhism as well. In addition, he sought to accomodate the ordinary layman's religious urges within the framework of his philosophy and reciprocate it to the laity, i.e., by actively proselytizing the masses. In this respect, although Wonhyo was just an individual, he was also representative of the age in which he lived....