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The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo's Birth: A Special Issue

The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo's Birth: A Special Issue The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo’s Birth: A Special Issue Guest Editors’ Introduction 元曉 The year 2017 marks the 1,400th anniversary of the birth of Wŏnhyo (‘‘Break of Dawn’’; 617–686), a towering figure in the Korean religious and intellectual firmament. Wŏnhyo was an important vaunt courier in the devel- opment of Korean Buddhism and it is no exaggeration to say that it was he who created the Silla tradition of the religion. Indeed, few others have exerted the depth and breadth of influence over the subsequent development of Korean Buddhism as did Wŏnhyo. His oeuvre is among the largest in the entire Korean intellectual tradition, comprising some one hundred works, of which over twenty are extant. His influence extended beyond the Korean Peninsula to both China and Japan, and his writings continue to inspire the current genera- tion of intellectuals in Korea, Asia, and the West. Wŏnhyo has received a great deal of scholarly attention, with scores of books and thousands of articles written about him in both Asian and European languages. This extensive attention to Wŏnhyo and his works stems from the wide range of Wŏnhyo’s own scholarly interests. Wŏnhyo wrote on essentially everything on Buddhism then available to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo's Birth: A Special Issue

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, Korea
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Abstract

The 1,400th Anniversary of Wŏnhyo’s Birth: A Special Issue Guest Editors’ Introduction 元曉 The year 2017 marks the 1,400th anniversary of the birth of Wŏnhyo (‘‘Break of Dawn’’; 617–686), a towering figure in the Korean religious and intellectual firmament. Wŏnhyo was an important vaunt courier in the devel- opment of Korean Buddhism and it is no exaggeration to say that it was he who created the Silla tradition of the religion. Indeed, few others have exerted the depth and breadth of influence over the subsequent development of Korean Buddhism as did Wŏnhyo. His oeuvre is among the largest in the entire Korean intellectual tradition, comprising some one hundred works, of which over twenty are extant. His influence extended beyond the Korean Peninsula to both China and Japan, and his writings continue to inspire the current genera- tion of intellectuals in Korea, Asia, and the West. Wŏnhyo has received a great deal of scholarly attention, with scores of books and thousands of articles written about him in both Asian and European languages. This extensive attention to Wŏnhyo and his works stems from the wide range of Wŏnhyo’s own scholarly interests. Wŏnhyo wrote on essentially everything on Buddhism then available to

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Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 24, 2017

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