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Many paintings of AmitÄbha were commissioned for devotional use by elites in numerous votive shrines and temples, and others probably played a role in the abundant Buddhist festivals and ceremonies of the KoryÅ period. Images of AmitÄbha and AmitÄbha triads functioned in a variety of...
Although the cult of AmitÄbha was the representative form of Pure Land belief in Korean Buddhism after the Unified Silla period, this form of belief and worship was not seen in the Three Kingdoms period when the cult of Maitreya flourished. It was understood that even the Pure Land where the...
The late Cardinal Sou-hwan Kim (Kim Suhwan) is well known for his role in the democratization process and his defense of human rights in South Korea over almost two decades (1970sâ1980s). Nevertheless, very little is known about the prelateâs inner, religious world, which inspired his...
Pure Land teaching, being the practical Buddhism of East Asia, aims to maximize the possibility that all living beings might be reborn in the Pure Land. The Silla monk WÅnhyo saw that the accomplishment of these kinds of aspirations was the consummation of the bodhisattva path of the MahÄyÄna...
The establishment of the course of the Three Gates, incorporating meditation, doctrinal learning, and recitation of the name of AmitÄbha, as well as the organization of a monastic educational system characterized by the dual cultivation of meditation and doctrinal learning, demonstrates the...
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