Holy Works (gongbu)
Holy Works are a form of spiritual cultivation featuring a specifically timed devotional incantation ritual. Holy Works are currently held only at Yeoju Headquarters Temple Complex. This ritual is performed by a team of 36 participants who take turns performing specific devotional incantations for 24 hours without a break at designated times and places in a specific manner. Holy Works are divided into Sihak-gongbu and Sibeob-gongbu, which differ from one another in terms of incantations, location, and ritual methodology.
Holy Works are the most important form of spiritual cultivation because it is directly related to Perfected Unification with Dao (Dotong) and opening the Earthly Paradise of the Later World. It has been carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without break since the Summer Solstice of 1991.
Prayer is the practice of reciting prayerful incantations at designated places or at home at designated time. It is divided into Daily Prayer and Weekly Prayer. Daily Prayer is practiced at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm everyday whereas Weekly Prayer is practiced at 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm, and 11 pm on gab and gi days*.▪
Spiritual Training (suryeon)
The practice of chanting the Tae-eul Mantra without a designated place or time.
A metaphoric visual representation of cultivation in Daesoon Jinrihoe
Tasting is Believing
To an uninformed onlooker, it might appear that Devotional Offerings end when devotees stand up and orderly exit the ritual space. Such an observation is understandable but inaccurate. The true end of a Devotional Offering occurs when devotees gather back together and partake in the Blessed Food collected from the altars after the ritual portion of the Devotional Offering had concluded. Whereas, the ritual itself alternates between golden silence and communal chanting, partaking in Blessed Food is a highly social and highly jovial act. Smiles and laughter fill the room as friends, families, and the entire community of devotees feast upon a cornucopia of meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, herbs, soups, pastries, and rice wine. Given that all these items were offered at the holiest site in all of Daesoon Jinrihoe, Blessed Food has been thoroughly imbued with the Highest Divine Energy.
*The Three Bonds and Five Relationships : in Confucianism, these are referred to as essential values for smooth human relationships through which a harmonious society and nation can be realized.