11 Facts About Wonhyo


Wonhyo was most interested in and affected by Buddha-nature, East Asian Yogacara and Hwaeom thought.

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Wonhyo was born in Amnyang, nowadays the city of Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.

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Wonhyo had a son, Seol Chong, who is considered to be one of the great Confucian scholars of Silla.

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Wonhyo is thought to have founded Korea's lone riverside temple, Silleuksa, in the late 600s.

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Wonhyo wrote commentaries on virtually all of the most influential Mahayana scriptures, altogether including over eighty works in over two hundred fascicles.

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Wonhyo, commonly regarded as the greatest thinker in Korean Buddhism, was a prolific writer who produced no less than eighty-six works, of which twenty-three are extant either completely or partially.

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Wonhyo found his hermeneutical key in the famous Mahayana text, the Awakening of Faith .

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Wonhyo viewed that all sutras from different buddhist sects are based on one truth and seek to unite them based on the single truth principle in a much higher level.

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Wonhyo traced the origin of such conflicts from obsession to say things that are different to be the same and things that are same to be different and claims they are neither the same nor different.

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Wonhyo left the priesthood and turned to the spreading of the Buddhadharma as a layman.

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Legend says that Wonhyo walked across the peninsula in the 7th century and found enlightenment in a cave on the western side of the peninsula.

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