Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part3. Rites and Rituals of the Order

Chapter 2. Enshrining the Buddha

Section 1. About Enshrining the Buddha

Enshrining the Buddha (pongbul) refers to the enshrinement of Il‐Won‐Sang (One Circle Image), the Dharmakaya Buddha. If one was to describe the fundamental meaning of the Dharmakāya Buddha, it is that realm in which words and speech, names and signs, are eradicated. If one was to describe its real essence, there is nothing in the universe that is not the Dharmakāya Buddha. Hence, there is no need to enshrine the Il-Won-Sang. However, for general devotees, if the object of worship is not visible, it is difficult to know either that place where the mind can take refuge, or the model for practice. And even if one does know them, it is easy at times to lose that standard for assessing one’s own mind. Thus, one enshrines the Il-Won-Sang, the symbol of the Dharmakāya Buddha, either at a temple or at home and reveres it as the object of faith and the model for practice whether in walking, standing, sitting, reclining, speaking or keeping silent, while active or at rest.