Daesoon Jinrihoe (the Fellowship of Daesoon Truth) is one of the largest Korean new religions rooted in tradition. We believe in the Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Sangje) who incarnated in Kang Jeungsan* (1871~1909).
As the omniscient and omnipotent Supreme God who presides over all things in the universe or the Three Realms of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity, He descended into the human world as Kang Jeungsan, a historical figure during the late 19th century in Korea.
He had carried out the 'Reordering Works of the Universe (Chunji-gongsa)' to rectify the disorder of the Former World, to save the Three Realms of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity, and to open an Earthly Paradise just before passing into Heaven in 1909. These Works unfolded into what we call the ‘Daesoon Truth’ of the Supreme God.
The Holy Founder (Doju) Jo Jeongsan* (1895~1958), who received the Orthodox Religious Authority (lineage transmission) from the Supreme God (Sangje) Kang Jeungsan through a revelation in 1917, was thereby enlightened to the Supreme God’s Daesoon Truth. Thereupon, the Holy Founder established a new religious order based on the teachings of Kang Jeungsan. The Holy Founder generated methods of cultivation, ceremonial procedures, and other regulations that continue to guide the lives of Daesoon Jinrihoe disciples into the present day.
This Religious Authority was later given by Holy Founder Jo Jeongsan to his successor, Holy Leader (Dojeon) Park Wudang* (1917~1996) by his last words, who then reorganized the existing order and gave it its new name, 'Daesoon Jinrihoe' in 1969.
The main scripture in Daesoon Jinrihoe is the Jeon-gyeong, which contains the words, teachings, and achievements of the Supreme God Kang Jeungsan and Holy Founder Jo Jeongsan. It has become a guiding principle for disciples' cultivation. The religious facilities for Daesoon Jinrihoe include 5 temple complexes, 120 fellowship buildings, and 200 assembly halls all over the country.
In practicing its religious doctrines, Dasoon Jinrihoe carries out the Basic Works (Propagation, Edification, and Cultivation) and the Three Major Societal Works (Charity Aid, Social Welfare, and Education). Social welfare services are offered to people through the establishment of a general hospital and a welfare foundation, which operates a geriatric hospital, elderly nursing facilities, and a youth training center. For education, six high schools and one university are in operation.
Under Holy Leader Park Wodang's leadership, Daesoon Jinrihoe has became one of the largest new religions in Korea.
* Kang Jeungsan : the honorific name of Kang Il-Sun who was incarnated in a form of human being in Gobu County, North Jeolla Province, Korea in 1871. He is addressed as 'Sangje' which is an ancient name for the Supreme God in East Asian religious traditions.
* Jo Jeongsan : the honorific name of Jo Cheol-Je who was born in Haman County, South Gyeongsang Province, Korea in 1895. He is normally addressed as 'Doju' or 'Okhwang-sangje’ (The Great Jade Emperor), both of which are honorific titles. He founded Mugeukdo in 1925, which was renamed Taegeukdo in 1950. This is the religious order from which Daesoon Jinrihoe later developed.
* Park Wudang : the honorific name of Park Han-Gyeong who was born in Goesan County, North Chungcheong Province, Korea in 1917. His honorific title is 'Dojeon.'