The main influential thinkers within the Korean philosophical culture. Koreans understand W?nhyo in his quite a few roles as Buddhist mystic, miracle employee, social iconoclast, non secular proselytist, and cultural hero. exceptionally else, W?nhyo was once an cutting edge philosopher and prolific author, whose works disguise the gamut of Indian and Sinitic Buddhist fabrics: a few 100 treatises and commentaries are attributed to him, twenty-three of that are extant this day. W?nhyo's significance is now not restricted to the peninsula, besides the fact that. His writings have been greatly learn in China and Japan, and his impact at the total improvement of East Asian Mah?y?na inspiration is important, rather in terms of the Huayan, Chan, and natural Land schools.In Cultivating unique Enlightenment, the 1st quantity within the gathered Works of W?nhyo sequence, Robert E. Buswell, Jr., interprets W?nhyo's longest and culminating paintings, the Exposition of the Vajrasam?dhi-S?tra (K?mgang sammaegy?ng non). W?nhyo the following brings to endure all the instruments bought all through a life of scholarship and meditation to the explication of a scripture that has a startling connection to the Korean Buddhist culture. In his treatise, W?nhyo examines the an important query of the way enlightenment should be became from a tantalizing prospect right into a palpable fact that manifests itself in all actions. East Asian Buddhism is based at the insurance that the possibility of enlightenment is anything innate to the brain itself and inherently obtainable to all dwelling creatures. In W?nhyo's presentation, this idea of "original enlightenment" is remodeled from an summary philosophical proposal right into a functional software of meditative education. W?nhyo's Exposition offers a ringing endorsement of the prospect that each one humans need to recuperate the enlightenment that's acknowledged to be innate within the brain and to make it a tangible strength in all of our actions.
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Part 2, “An Analysis of the Themes of the Scripture” (p’yín kyíngjong), highlights the contemplation practice that has but a single taste, the essential point of the sûtra in Wínhyo’s analysis, and ten different ways to approach the exegesis of the scripture as whole; it corresponds to the third of Tiantai’s five categories. Part 3, “An Explication of the Title” (sík chemok), mentions the three different titles given to the scripture and gives an extensive etymological treatment of the meaning of the main title, VajrasamŒdhi; it corresponds to the first of Tiantai’s five categories.
With this end in mind, Üich’ín sent agents throughout East Asia in search of rare editions and finally compiled his catalogue of these texts, which lists 1,010 titles in 4,740 kwín. 63 If the five-roll “expanded commentary” to which Zanning referred was in fact extant anywhere in East Asia at that time, the chance that it would have escaped Üich’ín’s agents seems remote. Hence, by the eleventh century at least, we can be sure that the “expanded commentary” was nowhere to be found in East Asia—and least of all in Korea, where its existence would have been most plausible, especially given Zanning’s late-tenth-century assertion that it was still in circulation on the peninsula.
Hwaímgyíng so as final composition before retirement (ca. 676) 22 Part 1: Study 4. Proselytist among the people (ca. 677–680) 5. Return to scholarly exegesis (ca. 680) [viz. to write the Exposition] 6. 51 The continuity in both style and content apparent in most of Wõnhyo’s exegetical works suggests that they may have been written in close succession. 53 I therefore presume that many of his writings probably postdate his return from his aborted attempt(s) to travel to the mainland. Political events on the peninsula at the time provide some further information that may help us to sort out the dates of his exegetical period as well as to clarify when Wõnhyo might have left on his subsequent prosely tizing mission among the people.