Update from the trail: Wonhyo’s Cave

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Blog Sept. 24, 2012 Wonhyo’s Cave By Tony MacGregor In a last burst of energy we pushed on through the rugged and spectacular landscape surrounding Wonhyo Bong (peak) and arrived at Wonhyo’s cave near Dangjin, on the west coast of South Chungcheong Province, just south of Incheon. We have been emulating the journey of Wonhyo, … Continue reading

Update from the trail: The Smile of the Buddha

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Blog Sept 23, 2012 The smile of the Buddha Today I realized again what attracted me to Buddhism as I gazed upon a 7th century carving of the historic Buddha and stared deeply at his face. It was his smile. No written treatise could express as well the reality of the Buddha’s experience as well … Continue reading

Update from the trail: Top-of-mountain Zen

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Sept. 22, 2012 Top-of-mountain conversation with Zen master By Tony MacGregor We did a hair-raising climb to the top of a mountain today to see one of South Korea’s greatest monks and learned that he is a huge supporter of Wonhyo, the subject of our pilgrimage. We had a long talk with Seol Jeong Sunim, … Continue reading

Update from the trail: Zen and the art of film making

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Blog Sept. 21 Sudoeksa Zen and the art of film making Kak Seong sunim, the friendly middle aged monk at Magoksa Temple said something that struck a chord with me as we talked to him before we left the temple. When I asked him about learning from nature, he said anything can be your teacher. … Continue reading

Update from the trail: The Buddha and Nature

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Blog Sept. 20, 2012 The Buddha and Nature We finished off our day (Sept. 20) with tea and a long chat with Hoseon sunim, a middle-aged man who had been a monk for 12 years. I asked him about nature and what it can teach us. I had been inspired by the day’s filming near … Continue reading

Update from the trail: Dragon Gate Gorge

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Sept 19, 2012 Traditions Expert Reveals Korean Buddhist Links to Mountain-spirits at Gap-sa Temple by Tony MacGregor Today we were visited by a leading expert on Korea’s religious traditions, mountain temples and folk-shamanism. David A. Mason arrived on Tuesday night at Gyeryong-san Gap-sa Temple where we were staying as we make our way across the … Continue reading

A film about those who are seeking peace in the mountain monasteries of Korea.

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- IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF WONHYO – The mountains have always been a refuge and haven for the Korean people. Before the coming of Buddhism, the spirits of the mountains were worshiped. They still live on in tiny shrines on the mountains and in the native shamanism, which still flourishes in Korea. It was in … Continue reading

Day 15: Arriving at a Sacred Spot, Realizing the End is the Beginning

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Post 15, Dec. 18, 2011 “When sewing clothes, a short needle is needed, and a long spear is useless. To avoid the rain, a small umbrella is needed, and a cover that spans the entire sky is useless. Therefore, small things should not be regarded as trivial. Depending on their true nature, both small and … Continue reading

Day 14: Prelude to the Cave

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Post 14, Dec. 17, 2011 “One who realizes that he is in delusion is not greatly deluded, and one who realizes that he is in darkness is not in total darkness.” From Wonhyo’s work. What does it mean? Sangmin sunim woke up the three of us in our cosy little room in Magok-sa temple about … Continue reading

Day 13: Cold Walk, Sharp Mind on the Road to Magok-sa

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Post 13, Dec. 13, 2011 “Wisdom and Practice are like the two wheels of a cart. To benefit oneself and benefit others – these are like the two wings of a bird.” From Wonhyo’s work. Is it more important to benefit others rather than oneself? In the morning after breakfast at 6.00 am the abbot … Continue reading

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