Admonitions to Beginners - Jobalsim Jagyeongmun

Korean Buddhist Approach to Correct Situation, Correct Function, and Correct Relationship

By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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Scholars have long noted that the formal historical canons were often unsatisfactory for understanding actual practices of Buddhists on the ground and offered to talk of ‘ritual canons’, ‘practical canons’ and ‘curricular canons’ instead, as the actual literature that was studied, ritualized and has been regulating monastic lives. The Dharmaguptaka Vinaya, which has been used in Chinese ordinations since the third century, was first carried to Korea by Jajang in the seventh century, yet the scarcity of references and commentaries to it between the eighth and twentieth centuries prove that it has not been widely studied on the peninsula. Neither this Vinaya, nor the Brahma Net Sutra and the historical Chányuàn Qīngguī have been included in the ‘traditional’ monastic curriculum in Korea, which was first used at major monasteries in the seventeenth century and has become the mandatory common program for monastics in the twentieth century. Instead, different texts have been responsible for the actual ethical standards of Korean monastics going back at least four centuries—a historical Vinaya genre that has been mostly neglected in scholarship, that of Admonitions. Perhaps the most elementary practical Vinaya of contemporary Korean Buddhism is a compilation of three short texts written by Wonhyo (617–686), Jinul (1158–1210) and Yaun (fifteenth century), entitled the Admonitions to Beginners (Jobalsim Jagyeongmun, 初發心自警文). The three essays were first put together in 1567 and were published as a set at least 13 times before the twentieth century. In modern times, this collection has become the sole Vinaya text to be memorized by all prospective monastic postulants. This collection includes Wonhyo’s Awaken Your Mind and Practice (Balsim Suhaeng Jang, 發心修行章), Jinul’s Admonitions for Beginners (Gye Josim Hakin Mun, 誡初心學人文), and Yaun’s Admonitions to Myself (Ja Gyeong Mun, 自警文.)

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Language

English

Contributors

Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma (By (author))

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Published

Dec 12, 2019

Copyright

SCL

Product ID

4379642069092

Book Specifications

Pages

62

Binding

Perfect Bound

Interior

Ink Monochrome

Dimensions

US Trade (6" x 9" / 152 x 229 mm)

Weight

0.2778 lbs