The present paper represents the first step of an appraisal of the influence, in the Korean historiographic tradition, of the archetypal model of Baozhi as a textual and religious paradigm. It shows that, even if the references in Korean sources to Baozhi, the Liang DhyÄna master, are scant ("literary motif" in literati works, Biographies of the monks WÅnhyo, Yangji and PodÅk in the <i>Samguk yusa</i>, legends of the founding of the Haein and KyÅnam Temples as transmitted by the Naong School), the fact remains that he had an indelible influence on the pre-modern Buddhist historiography of Korea. In the written culture of KoryÅ and ChosÅn, the paradigmatic figure of Baozhi generally functioned in the same way as in China. However, it would seem that each period selectively adopted one or another of the archetypal functions that characterized the monk, influenced by the construction Baozhi's myth in China, but also depending upon the political and social position of Buddhism on the Korean peninsula. During the KoryÅ period, Baozhi's influence was the strongest as one of the models that went into the development of the myth of TosÅn (the monk-prophet legitimizing the establishment of the dynasty and initiator of Buddhist construction).
Journal of Korean Religions – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Nov 23, 2012