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ABOUT US

Daesoon Jinrihoe 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 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 before passing into Heaven in 1909. These Works unfolded into the 'Daesoon Truth' of the Supreme God.

The Holy Founder (Doju) Jo Jeongsan* (1895~1958), who received the lineage transmission from the Supreme God (Sangje) Kang Jeungsan through a revelation in 1917, was thereby enlightened to th 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.'

The Holy Symbol of Dao
(Dogi)

Daesoon means 'circle', and is related to the philosophical concepts of 'Mugeuk* and Taegeuk*'. It symbolizes the principles of universal changes (or circulation).

The three circles (black, yellow, and red) in the symbol signify that the whole universe consists of the Three Realms: Heaven, Earth, and Humanity.

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, east, west, and south. 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

This pagoda represents the cosmology of Daesoon Jinrihoe. This consists of four main parts: the pedestal, lower body, upper 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 (Sibijisindo) 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 twenty-four seasonal divisions.
The upper body consists of seven quadrangular layers engraved with twenty-eight divinities in charge of the twenty-eight constellations of the four directions.
The top consists of nine round layers which represent the Ninth Heaven, the highest place in the universe containing the seat of Sangje who coordinates the whole universe from that location.
This pagoda is a monumental sculpture which shows the entire divine system of the universe consisting of Sangje and many other great deities in charge of the 24 seasonal divisions, the 28 constellations, and other such systems. It was built to celebrate the establishment of Yeoju Temple Complex in October 1986.
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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