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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:27 pm 
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While pursuing Wonhyo's Philosophy of Mind prepared by de A. Charles Muller and Cuong Tu Nguyen aboutr the fascinating Wonhyo of Silla (Korea) (617 – 686).

I found this that I'd like to share:

In the Footsteps of Wonhyo

Last September we travelled in the footsteps of Wonhyo, a beloved and eccentric 7th Century Korean monk who had an awakening after traversing the peninsula. The journey took us 500 kilometers on tracks and unknown by-ways, while leading us to mountain monasteries. We spent many hours with the monks who inhabit the monasteries, talking to them about their experiences, enlightenment and true happiness.

Their experiences and insights will form a big part of the documentary film “In the Footsteps of Wonhyo”, which we plan to release on the Buddha’s birthday, April, 2013.

The pilgrimage was the first real attempt to emulate Wonhyo’s journey in 1,300 years. Our hope is that the trail will develop and grow into a Korean version of Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago, offering pilgrims an opportunity to explore themselves as they traverse by foot across the Korean peninsula.


http://inthefootstepsofwonhyo.com/ :buddha1:

Wonhyo (617 – 686), one of Korea’s most beloved and unconventional monks, was a great scholar with more than 80 commentaries and essays to his credit. Born into a simple family in the Silla Kingdom, Wonhyo, a monk for many years, renounced the formal religion life to teach ordinary people. He was known to carry a gourd, dancing and singing around the country, encouraging people to chant and recite the Buddha’s name. He called himself “Muoae Geusa” (unhindered practitioner). For a short time he was married to a princess and had a son, who became a leading Confucian Scholar. Legend has it that while on pilgrimage to China he found enlightenment after drinking rotten water from a skull-cap. This experience became the base of his realization that "there is nothing clean and nothing dirty; all things are made by mind." Wonhyo teaches us to live in Buddha's mind by returning to the origin of One Mind. His One Mind philosophy is of great relevance to the modern world where people live in chaos and delusion as a result of ignorance of their true nature and attachment to name and form

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