Scholar Oh Yun-hee made waves when he claimed in his recently published book that the Tripitaka Koreana was a “fake.”
But the former director of the Tripitaka Koreana Research Institute says he has good reason for making such a controversial remark.
Oh has been researching the Korean version of the Buddhist scriptures for the past 20 years and believes that Korean pride in housing the oldest extant version of the text prevents people from seeing its value.
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Whatever the truth of this particular situation, at root this is the same issue Buddhism faces everywhere: the need of 'Culture' to subsume and sanitize a force that is against the stream. It's the same in my home country, the U.S.
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