Korean Buddhist Philosophy

Jin Y. Park

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Korean Buddhist Philosophy

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This article provides an introduction to Korean Buddhist philosophy. Korean Buddhism is a part of the East Asian Mahāyāna Buddhist tradition. During its fifteen-hundred-year history, which began in the fourth century and continues to today, Korean Buddhism has developed in a close relationship with Chinese Buddhism and at the same time generated its own unique views. Buddhism, together with Confucianism, constitutes one of the two veins of philosophical traditions in Korea. This article discusses five Buddhist thinkers: Ŭisang (625–702), Wŏnhyo (617–686), Pojo Chinul (1158–1210), T'oe'ong Sŏngchŏl (1912–1993), and Pŏpsŏng (1913–), with respect to the three themes of Hwaŏm (Ch. Huayan) Buddhism, Sŏn (Ch. Chan; Jap. Zen) Buddhism, and Buddhist ethics.

Keywords: Ŭisang; Wŏnhyo; Pojo Chinul; T'oe'ong Sŏngchŏl; Pŏpsŏng; Buddhist ethics; Buddhism; Hwaŏm

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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