Saturday, February 20, 2016

Korea: Jogyesa Temple

On Monday after lunch, we walked back to our apartment, along the way passing by Jogyesa Temple (조계사). This is the chief temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, and was founded by the master who brought Zen Buddhism to Korea.


The entrance features the "four great heavenly kings" (사대천왕), who you see at many temples in Korea.

"he who sees all"
king of the west
광목천왕

"he who hears everything"
the chief and protector of the north
다문천왕

"he who upholds the realm"
king of the east and god of music
지국천왕

"he who causes to grow"
king of the south
증장천왕

This is the main temple, inside the compound. I really liked the tree in front, which is a Lacebark Pine, notable for its white bark.



Behind and to the side of the main temple there is another building with four instruments: Dharma Drum, Wooden Fish, Cloud Gong, and Brahma Bell. The bell is rung 28 times in the morning and 33 times in the evening. At least once, "morning" meant 4 a.m.



Some ceremony was taking place in front of the Bell Pavilion while we were there.


This building is behind the main temple.


Eight-sided, ten-story pagoda.


Temple in the city.

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