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Chinul (1158–1210)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G210-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Chinul was the founder of the Korean Chogye school of Buddhism. He sought to reconcile the bifurcation between Kyo (doctrinal) thought and Sôn (Zen) practice that rent the Korean Buddhist tradition of his time, by showing the symbiotic connection between Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He also advocated a distinctive program of soteriology that became emblematic of Korean Buddhism from that time forward: an initial sudden awakening to the nature of the mind followed by gradual cultivation of that awakening until full enlightenment was achieved.

Citing this article:
Buswell, Robert E.. Chinul (1158–1210), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G210-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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