Won Buddhist practice puts more emphasis on using our mind. Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism, said that a living religion or practice is not separate from our ordinary lives, and that Buddhadharma exists for the sake of our life, not the other way around. Won Buddhist practice is characterized by a balanced and simultaneous practice of the Threefold Practice in our daily lives. Mindfulness in daily life is the essence of Won Buddhist practice.
The Essential Dharmas Of Daily Practice
- The mind is originally free from disturbance, but disturbances arise in response to sense-objects; let us maintain the Samadhi of our original nature by letting go of those disturbances.
- The mind is originally free from delusion, but delusions arise in response to sense-objects; let us maintain the wisdom of our original nature letting go of those delusions.
- The mind is originally free from wrong-doing, but wrong-doings arise in response to the sense-objects; let us maintain the precepts of our original nature by letting go of those wrong-doings.
- Let us remove disbelief, greed, laziness, and ignorance by means of belief, zeal, questioning, and dedication.
- Let us turn a life of resentment into a life of gratitude.
- Let us turn a life of dependency into a life of self-reliance.
- Let us turn a reluctance to learn into a willingness to learn well.
- Let us turn a reluctance to teach into a willingness to teach well.
- Let us turn a lack of public spirit into an eagerness for the public’s welfare.