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Korean Seon Masters List
No   BuddistName / Summary Date Read
30 Myeongjeok Doui (0~0)
Inheritor of the core teachings of the Southern School's “Patriarchal Chan (K: Seon; J: Zen)” from Master Huineng of the Six Dynasty period, Doui-guksa was the first to bring these teachings to Korea and stands as the founder of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism.
12 Dec 2014 11,811
29 Wonhyo (617~686)
Wonhyo was not a man to stick to doctrinal studies or abstract ideas. He was a man dedicated to saving not only the royal and noble families, but also the ordinary and less educated members of society who were equally suffering. He was given the name of W
30 Nov 2005 22,648
28 Uisang (625~702)
Venerable Uisang solved the conflicts and the difficulties of worldly life through religious harmony and by reconciling the extremes based on this philosophy.
12 Dec 2005 11,702
27 Bojo Jinul (1158~1210)
National Teacher Bojo succeeded the tradition of the Nine Mountain Schools of Korean Seon and led the Doctrinal School to be involved in the Seon School. He received Ganhwaseon from Dahui Zonggao from China and re-founded Korean Seon by settling the Seon tradition of the Jogye Order.
24 Nov 2005 16,996
26 Baegun Gyeonghan (1298~1374)
Venerable Baegun Gyeonghan was one of the three leading monks of the late Goryeo Period along with Taego Bou (1301-1382) and Naong Hyegeun (1320-1376). Baegun was his pen name and Gyeonghan was his ordained name.
29 Nov 2005 13,993
25 Taego Bou (1301~1382)
National Teacher Taego Bou was the great Seon master who succeeded the Seon lineage of the Linji School from China and who played an important role in the establishment of Ganhwaseon in Goryeo.
24 Nov 2005 20,622
24 Naong Hyegeun (1320~1376)
Master Naong lived at a time of much upheaval at the end of the Goryeo dynasty. Together with Taego Bou, he is regarded as a great Master who helped lay the foundation for the Buddhism in the Joseon era.
24 Nov 2005 15,207
23 Cheongheo Hyujeong (1520~1604)
Master Hyujeong placed the top of his class on the examination of the monastic curriculum, and he ascended to the highest position in the Buddhist order, the arbiter of the Seon school. However, he resigned his post, returning to Mt. Geumgang where he gave his undivided attention to his training and guiding the younger monks, while at the same time producing literary gems displaying his Seon thought.
24 Nov 2005 14,607
22 Baekpa Geungseon (1767~1852)
Master Baekpa was one of Korea’s the greatest meditation Masters who embodied the essence of Buddhist discipline as well as Hwaeom philosophy. He had a great argument in Seon tradition with the Seon Master Choui (1786-1866) in the late Joseon period.
12 Dec 2005 14,061
21 Choui Uisun (1786~1866)
A representative Seon master of the late Joseon Dynasty, Seon Master Choui became known as the “Korean Tea Sage” for reviving Korea's traditional tea ceremony. In addition, owing to his remarkable skill in poetry, calligraphy and painting, from the Buddhist perspective he is judged highly as both an artist and a man of letters, erudite in all aspects of the culture of his age.
12 Dec 2014 12,261
20 Gyeongheo Seong-U (1826~1912)
Master Gyeongheo is esteemed as a great revivalist of contemporary Korean Seon following on from Seon Master Hyujeong Cheongheo (1520-1604).
24 Nov 2005 15,027
19 Yongseong Jinjong (1864~1940)
To bring about the popularization and reform of Buddhism, Master Yongseong strove endlessly to find and implement the dynamic path of Buddhism, embodied in the idea daegak “supreme enlightenment.”
24 Nov 2005 12,477
18 Hangmyoung Gyejong (1867~1929)
In order to bring about the economic self-sufficiency of temples, Master Hangmyoung inspired monks to take up agricultural labor, advocating the theory of “seonnong ilchi,” the idea that Seon practice and agricultural work were part of a singular teaching.
24 Nov 2005 10,617
17 Mangong Wolmyeon (1871~1946)
His ordination name was Wolmyeon (meaning “the face of the moon”), his dharma name Mangong. He stood as a renowned disciple of Master Gyeongheo. Together with Masters Suwol (meaning “the moon in the water”) and Hyewol (meaning “the wise moon”), the three earned their nickname as “the three moons of Gyeongheo.”
24 Nov 2005 13,330
16 Hanam Jungwon (1876~1951)
Master Hanam was not the type of monk who preaches the dharma by simply memorizing the words of the old masters. He was a genuine truth-seeker who sought his own words ardently flowing from his own heart, showing us the true spirit and world of Seon.
24 Nov 2005 12,996
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