Taego Order

Jogyesa Temple Seon temple in Seoul, South Korea

Second largest order in Korean Seon, the Korean branch of Chan Buddhism.

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Jogyesa Temple Seon temple in Seoul, South Korea

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An image of Gautama Buddha at Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju, in South Korea

Korean Buddhism

Distinguished from other forms of Buddhism by its attempt to resolve what its early practitioners saw as inconsistencies within the Mahayana Buddhist traditions that they received from foreign countries.

Distinguished from other forms of Buddhism by its attempt to resolve what its early practitioners saw as inconsistencies within the Mahayana Buddhist traditions that they received from foreign countries.

An image of Gautama Buddha at Seokguram Grotto, Gyeongju, in South Korea
Monks going down to their rooms after evening prayers at Haeinsa.
Reliquary
A stone image of a Buddha, near Gyeongju, South Korea. 7th century Silla.
Korean painting of Water-Moon Avalokiteshvara, 1310 CE, ink on silk, painted by Umun Kim
Taegeuk.
Tripitaka Koreana at Haeinsa.
Dalmado by Gim Myeong-guk, 17th century
Statue of one of the Four Heavenly Kings
Typical interior of a Buddhist temple
Buddhist temple of Chongrungsa, near Pyongyang
Lotus Lantern Festival

As it now stands, Korean Buddhism consists mostly of the Seon Lineage, primarily represented by the Jogye and Taego Orders.

Jogyesa Temple Seon temple in Seoul, South Korea

Korean Seon

Korean name for Chan Buddhism, a branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism commonly known in English as Zen Buddhism.

Korean name for Chan Buddhism, a branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism commonly known in English as Zen Buddhism.

Jogyesa Temple Seon temple in Seoul, South Korea
Seon bhikṣuṇī in Seoul, South Korea
Korean bhikṣu of the Seon school
Statue of one of the Four Heavenly Kings
Kyong Ho

Seon Buddhism, represented chiefly by the Jogye and Taego orders, is the most common type of Buddhism found in Korea.

A bonze farmer

Bhikkhu

Ordained male in Buddhist monasticism.

Ordained male in Buddhist monasticism.

A bonze farmer
Tibetan monks.
A Cambodian monk in his robes
Two monks in orange robes
A Theravada Buddhist monk in Laos
A Chinese Buddhist monk in mainland China
A Chinese Buddhist monk in Taiwan
A Buddhist monk in the U.S. (Chinese Buddhism)
A Buddhist monk in Tibet
Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos
Monks in Thailand
Monks in Myanmar (Burma)
Monk in Kyoto, Japan

The two sects of Korean Seon divided in 1970 over this issue; the Jogye Order is fully celibate while the Taego Order has both celibate monastics and non-celibate Japanese-style priests.

Seonamsa

Korean Buddhist temple on the eastern slope at the west end of Jogyesan Provincial Park, within the northern Seungjumyeon District of the city of Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

Korean Buddhist temple on the eastern slope at the west end of Jogyesan Provincial Park, within the northern Seungjumyeon District of the city of Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea.

Main Hall
(Main Hall) ceiling
Seonamsa Iljumun
Inside Seonamsa Wontongjeon
Seonamsa Lavatory
Seonamsa Monument to the Restoration of Seonamsa
Seonamsa Samindang, a little pond
Main Hall
Seonamsa Seungseongyo (bridge) with Gangseonru (pavilion) below
Seonamsa Palsangjeon - Hall of Eight Pictures
The pair Seonamsa's 3 Story Stone Pagodas
Seonamsa Gakhwangjeon (Hall)
Seonamsa Mume Trees along tiled-roofed fence
Seonamsa Eungjindang (Shrine)

It belongs to the Taego Order although the Jogye Order claims possession over it.

Ancient kingdoms and cities of India during the time of the Buddha (circa 500 BCE) – modern-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

Bongwonsa

South Korean Buddhist temple in Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, near Yonsei University.

South Korean Buddhist temple in Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, near Yonsei University.

Ancient kingdoms and cities of India during the time of the Buddha (circa 500 BCE) – modern-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

Situated to the northeast of the university on the hillside of Ahn Mountain, this is the head temple of the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism.

Taego Bou painting from the 19th century

Taego Bou

Taego Bou painting from the 19th century

Taego Bou (, 23 October 1301 - 27 January 1383), alternatively romanized as Taego Bowoo or Taego Bowu, was a Korean Seon master who lived in Goryeo, was the cofounder of the Jogye Order with Jinul, and is credited as the founder of the modern Taego Order.

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Yeongsanjae

Korean Buddhist ceremony which re-enacts Siddhartha Gautama delivering the sermon now known as the Lotus Sutra.

Korean Buddhist ceremony which re-enacts Siddhartha Gautama delivering the sermon now known as the Lotus Sutra.

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Primarily preserved and conducted by the Taego Order, the ceremony, which takes place annually on June 6, includes tea ceremonies, prayers, rites of purification, offerings to Buddha and rites for the dead.

Jogyesan

Mountain of South Jeolla Province in southwestern South Korea.

Mountain of South Jeolla Province in southwestern South Korea.

Beside the Songgwangsa, Jogyesan is also home to Seonamsa, an important monastery of the Taego Order, a splinter group of the Jogye.

Venerable Hsuan Hua meditating in the lotus position, Hong Kong, 1953

Zen

School of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, known as the Chan School , and later developed into various sub-schools and branches.

School of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty, known as the Chan School , and later developed into various sub-schools and branches.

Venerable Hsuan Hua meditating in the lotus position, Hong Kong, 1953
The 'meditation hall' (Jp. zendō, Ch. chántáng) of Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-Ji
Calligraphy of "Mu" by Torei Enji. It figures in the famous Zhaozhou's dog kōan
Victoria Zen Centre Jukai ceremony, January 2009
Two grandmasters of the Shaolin Temple of Chinese Chan, Shi DeRu and Shi DeYang
Bows and quivers at Engaku-ji temple, the temple also has a Dōjō for the practice of Kyūdō and the Zen priests practice this art here.
Hakuin Ekaku, Hotei in a Boat, Yale University Art Gallery
The kare-sansui (dry landscape) zen garden at Ryōan-ji
Chanting the Buddhist Scriptures, by Taiwanese painter Li Mei-shu
Gifu Daibutsu and altar at Shōhō-ji
A Dharma talk by Seon nun Daehaeng Kun Sunim, Hanmaum Seon Center, South Korea
Japanese Buddhist monk from the Sōtō Zen sect
Archaeologist Aurel Stein's 1907 view of Mogao Cave 16, with altar and sutra scrolls
Tablets of the Tripiṭaka Koreana, an early edition of the Chinese Buddhist canon, in Haeinsa Temple, South Korea
Huike Offering His Arm to Bodhidharma, Sesshū Tōyō (1496).
Bodhidharma, stone carving in Shaolin Temple.
Hongren
Mazu
Dahui introduced the method of kan huatou, or "inspecting the critical phrase", of a kōan story. This method was called the "Chan of kōan introspection" (Kanhua Chan).
Xuyun was one of the most influential Chán Buddhists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Thích Nhất Hạnh leading a namo avalokiteshvaraya chanting session with monastics from his Order of Interbeing, Germany 2010
Jogyesa is the headquarters of the Jogye Order. The temple was first established in 1395, at the dawn of the Joseon Dynasty.
Sojiji Temple, of the Soto Zen school, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan

Today, the largest Seon school, the Jogye, enforces celibacy, while the second largest, the Taego Order, allows for married priests.

Buddha's Birthday celebration in Seoul.

Religion in South Korea

Diverse.

Diverse.

Buddha's Birthday celebration in Seoul.
A mudang holding a gut to placate the angry spirits of the dead.
Study performed by a South Korean Research Journal revealing the change in religion demographics from 2018 to 2020.
Buddhist expansion in Asia: Mahayana Buddhism first entered the Chinese Empire (Han dynasty) through Silk Road during the Kushan Era. The overland and maritime "Silk Roads" were interlinked and complementary, forming what scholars have called the "great circle of Buddhism".
Keijyo Shinto Shrine, prior to 1935, Seoul.

Seon is represented by Jogye Order and Taego Order.