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Wônhyo (617–86)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-G211-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Wônhyo is one of the most important figures in Korean Buddhism, and a significant influence on the development of East Asian Buddhism in general. His lifework was the reconciliation of ideological conflicts among the various Buddhist schools. His goal was to create an all-inclusive, non-sectarian Buddhist doctrine. To do this he utilized the all-embracing, systematic metaphysics of the Hwaôm school of Buddhism, deriving both a guiding theoretical principle – hwajaeng or ‘the harmonization of all disputes’ – and a powerful dialectical method for the examination of Buddhist doctrinal conflicts.

Citing this article:
Park, Sung Bae. Wônhyo (617–86), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-G211-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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