The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Two: Doctrine


One of his disciples asked, “What is the difference between worshiping the buddha image and worshiping Il-Won-Sang?” The Founding Master answered, “Worshiping the buddha image has meaning only as his descendant disciples’ commemoration of and reverence for the Buddha’s character. But the meaning of worshiping Il-Won-Sang is indeed wide and great. Rather than revering the Buddha’s character alone as the object of faith, we revere and have faith in all things in the universe as if they were the buddha, and seek in them the origins of our transgressions and merits, suffering and happiness. Also, we take Il-Won-Sang as the model for our practice, and aim to develop character that is as perfect as Il-Won-Sang. This generally is the difference.”