* Date : 2015-03-27
Great Priest Wonhyo, the revolutionary in Korean Buddhism and the initiator of Buddhism for commoners.
He dreamed of a world where everyone lives in equality.
It is now 2011, but there's a reason why we must take note of this great thinker.
Great Priest Wonhyo is considered one of the greatest thinkers of the Silla Dynasty and of the entire history of Buddhism in Korea.
Born as a son of an aristocrat, Wonhyo leaves to study in China at the age of 45. On the way, he finds himself in a grave to take shelter from rain. This experience makes him realize that everything is determined by one's mind. He decides not to go to China and instead lives amongst commoners. He sheds his robes and hangs out in drinking houses to spread Buddhism at their level. He believes that everyone is equal regardless of their status or riches, and this becomes the essence of his "hwajaeng" philosophy. The teachings of Wonhyo suggests a solution to those of us living in the 21st century, tormented by wars, divisions and countless conflicts.