The History of Won

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The History of Won-Buddhism (Wonbulgyo Kyosa)

Part 3. Fruition of the Sacred Work

Chapter 4. Moving Forward with the Fruition of the Sacred Work

2. Publishing the Scripture of Won-Buddhism and Systematizing the Books of Won-Buddhism

In February of the forty-seventh year of Won-Buddhism (1962), after adopting the proposal made by Jeonghwasa, the Head Circle Council passed the resolution to combine and publish the Principal Book, [which was the only volume of the Principal Book of Won-Buddhism], and the newly-compiled Dae-Jong-Geong [The Analects of Sot`aesan] as the Scripture of Won-Buddhism. Hence, the rough draft of the Scripture of Won-Buddhism underwent editorial supervision, appraisal, and the Head Circle Council`s approval before it finally went to the printing press, and was eventually published on September 26th of that year (Won-Buddhist year 47 [1962]). With its publication, the new Order completed the main scripture to be used for generations to come. On October 7th, the scripture-dedication ceremony and the congratulatory ceremony were held in the great enlightenment hall at the General Headquarters.
Through his dharma preaching, Head Dharma Master Daesan said: "Our Scripture is the great dharma treasure that is so rare and will be unique for all generations, for it will produce in the years to come a thousand buddhas and ten thousand bodhisattvas who will lead an infinite number of sentient beings to salvation and open up the gateway to wisdom and blessings for all living spirits." He also said: "My fellow believers, let us rejoice and celebrate the publication of the Scripture, together with the six destinies and the four forms of life in the threes worlds in the ten directions, and at the same time let us further dedicate ourselves to the study and the work, so that the grace of dharma will evenly touch the boundless sentient beings in the immeasurable universe." A reading session, in which the Scripture was perused, substituted for the meditation session for the ordained clergy.
Meanwhile, Jeonghwasa widely presented the newly-published Scripture to various domestic and overseas circles, and thus propagated the Won-Buddhist teachings in all corners of the world. From then, under the slogan, "Let us bear fruit for the holy 50`s through systematization", the new books of the Order began to be systematized and published successively, based on the compilation policy which had been tentatively arranged by the late Head Master Chŏngsan.
In December of the fiftieth year of Won-Buddhism (1965), the Essential Discourses of the Buddha was published as the ancient scripture of origin. It was the revised version of the five scriptures, including the Diamond Sutra, which had been entered into Books Two and Three of the Principal Book of Won-Buddhism by Sot`aesan, as well as the Three Doctrines, including Secrets on Cultivating the Mind.
In March of the fifty-third year of Won-Buddhism (1968), the new Book of Ceremonial, which had gone through repeated revising and supplementing, and the Book of Hymns, which was comprised of 126 songs, were simultaneously published. A recital commemorating the publication of the Book of Hymns was held on a grand scale in the great enlightenment hall at the General Headquarters.
The Jeonghwasa published, in January Won-Buddhist year 57 (1972), "The Dharma Words by Head Master Chŏngsan", which was comprised of Part One, the Canon of the World and Part Two, Dharma Words. The Jeonghwasa dissolved after the publication of this "History of Won-Buddhism", which reflects the growth of the new Order`s 50 years` work and the Won-Buddhist Constitution.