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Daesoon Jinrihoe is a representative Korean religion rooted in tradition which was founded by Dojeon Park Wudang* (1917~1996) in 1969. The history of this fellowship originates from SangjeKang Jeungsan*(1871~1909), the object of worship in Daesoon Jinrihoe. As the omniscient and omnipotent Supreme Being who presides over all things in the universe and three realms of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity, He descended into human world as Gang Jeungsan, a historical figure during the late 19thcentury. He carried out Works of Reordering Universe to open an Earthly Paradise before passing into Heaven in 1909. DojuJo Jeongsan*(1895~1958), who received the 'Orthodox Religious Authority' from Sangje through a revelation, proclaimed Daesoon Truth as the way to save the world, and he thereby established a new religious body. This religious authority was later given by Jo to his successor, Dojeon Park Wudang, who then founded Daesoon Jinrihoe.
The doctrines of Daesoon Jinrihoe are based on the Tenets: Eumyang-hapdeok, Sinin-johwa, Haewon-sangsaeng and Dotong-jingyeong. Creeds are made up of the Four Cardinal Mottos: Quieting the Mind, Quieting the Body, Reverence for Heaven and Cultivation. The Three Essential Attitudes consist of Sincerity, Respectfulness and Faithfulness. The main scripture in Daesoon Jinrihoe is the Jeon-gyeong, which contains the words, teachings, and achievements of Sangje Gang Jeungsanand Doju Jo Jeongsan.
It has become a guiding principle for disciples' cultivation. In practicing its religious doctrines, Dasoon Jinrihoe carries out three basic works: propagation, edification, and cultivation: and three major works: charity aid, social welfare, and education. The religious facilities for Daesoon Jinrihoe include 5 temple complexes, 120 fellowship buildings, and 200 assembly halls. For education, there are six high schools and one university in operation. Social welfare services are offered to people through the establishment of a general hospital and Daesoon Welfare Foundation, which operates Geriatric Hospital, Elderly Nursing Facilities, and Daejin Youth Training Center.
* Kang Jeungsan: the honorific name of Kang Ilsun who was incarnated in a form of human being in Gobu, Southern Jeolla Province in 1871. He is addressed as 'Sangje' which is an ancient name for the Supreme Being in East Asian religious traditions. * Jo Jeongsan: the honorific name of Jo Cheolje who was born in Haman, Southern Gyeongsang Province in 1895. He is normally addressed as 'Doju' or 'Okhwang-sangje' both of which are honorific titles. He founded Mugeukdo in 1925, which was renamed Taegeukdo in 1948. This is the religious body from which Daesoon Jinrihoe later stemmed. He created the specific methods of cultivation for disciples to reach the aim of Daesoon Jinrihoe. * Park Wudang: the honorific name of Park Hangyeong who was born in Goesan, Northern Chungcheong Province in 1917. His honorific title is 'Dojeon'. He established Daesoon Jinrihoe in 1969.

The Holy Symble of Dao

Daesoon means 'circle', and is related to the philosophical concepts of Mugeuk* and Taegeuk*. It symbolizes the law of universal circulation and the principles of nature itself.

The three circles in the Holy Symble of Dao signify that the whole universe consists of the Three Realms: Heaven, Earth, and Humanity. The outer circle indicates Heaven, the middle circle Humanity, and the inner circle Earth.

The Chinese character '大(Great)' appears four times within the circle. This implies the four basic principles of change in nature: Birth, Growth, Harvest, and Storage, which develop into the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter and four directions of north, south, east and west. Furthermore, it also implies benevolence, propriety righteousness, and wisdom as found in the way of humanity.
*Mugeuk: the endlessness or boundlessness from which all phenomena can be derived. *Taegeuk: the Absolute from which all myriad beings and events are developed through the forms of yin and yang.

Cheonggyetap Pagoda

Cheonggye Pagoda is a symbolic visual representation of the cosmological view of Daesoon jinrihoe. This consists of three main parts: the pedestal, body and top. The pedestal part is composed of three layers. The first layer is engraved with 'Ox Seeking Pictures (Simudo)' that represent our cultivation process while the second one has the Four Deity Pictures (Sashindo) that represent the four seasons and four directions. The third one depicts the twelve deities of the Chinese zodiac that correspond to the twelve months and twelve directions.

The lower body of the pagoda consists of three octagonal layers engraved with twenty-four divinities who are in charge of the seasonal divisions in the lunar calendar. The upper body consists of seven quadrangular layers engraved with twenty-eight divinities in charge of the constellations. The nine round layers on the top represent the Ninth Heaven, the highest place that coordinates the whole universe. Humans are beings born to cultivate themselves to realize the underlying principle of the universe and become one with it.
A. The nine layers of round stones at the top represent the Ninth Heaven which coordinates and directs all the divinities while seeing through the Three Realms of Heaven, Earth and Humanity.
B. Right above the lower body, there is an upper body which consists of the twenty-eight faces on seven quadrangular layers which respectively represent the deities in charge of the twenty-eight constellations. They are engraved on each face of the body.
C. On top of the pedestal, there is lower body which consists of three octagonal layers featuring a combined total of twenty-four faces which respectively represent the twenty-four deities in charge of the twenty-four seasonal divisions. They are engraved on each face of the body of pagoda.
D. On the third layer of the pedestal, twelve animals (the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig) are engraved to symbolize the twelve deities of the Chinese zodiac. They represent the twelve directions and twelve months.
E. On the second layer of the pedestal, the following four symbolic celestial animals are engraved: an Azure Dragon of the East, a White Tiger of the West, a Vermilion Bird of the South, and a Black Turtle of the North. They represent the four directions and four seasons and they also protect the order of the universe.
F. On the first layer of the pedestal, six engravings of 'Ox Seeking Pictures' depict a boy finding an ox. This is a metaphor for the cultivation process of realizing Daesoon Truth.

Promotional Video

'The Road to Peace and Harmony' is a movie about the story of Sangje's Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth, Doju Jo Jeongsan's founding of a new religious body, and other such historical events. The story was developed by the film's director, Kang Daejin, in 1982 and filming started in March 1983 after organizing the Film's Production Committee. The committee included Professor Jang Byeong-gil of the Department of Religious Studies at Seoul National University and some executive members of Daesoon Jinrihoe. It starred Jeon Un as Sangje and Lee Sunjae as Doju; both of whom were top Korean movie stars. The movie was released in November of 1984 at Asia Theater in Seoul.

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