Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Saving the Tripitaka during the Korean War

Three students - Shin Wangyu, Bae Geunwoo, and Kim Jaehong - put together a particularly fascinating presentation on the preservation of the Tripitaka, the Palman Daejanggyeong, during the Korean War. With their permission I am able to share it here. Thank you, guys, for this incredible organization of information!

Culture note: After each of the 53 million Chinese characters was carved, the carving monk did three full bows to the floor to show his humility for humbly carving the words of Buddha.

Colonel Kim Yeonghwan had grown up in the precincts of Haeinsa and his mother had gone there to bow so he knew of the deep religious atmosphere of the temple and the carved Buddhist sutras.

Because of all the confusion of the war and subsequent disorganization in processing papers, Colonel Kim was not court-martialed.

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