Wŏn Buddhism

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A modern branch of Korean Buddhism founded in 1924 by Pak Chungbin (1891–1943) as a reform movement outside of clerical supervision. Pak studied the tenets of Buddhism, Protestantism, and Catholicism and concluded that all religions pointed to the same reality, represented by the dharma-kāya.or formless Truth Body of the Buddha. The formlessness and ineffability of the Buddha are represented by a circle (Kor., wŏn), giving the sect its name and primary symbol. While its doctrines draw primarily from Buddhism, its forms of worship (pūjā), self-improvement, and social involvement derive mainly from Protestantism.

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