Sungkyunkwan University Outstanding Research

On the Formation of the Upper Monastic Area of Seon Buddhist Temples from Korea´s Late Silla to the Goryeo Era

Authors: Seung-yeon, Lee

  • Explores the characteristics of Seon temple architecture from Korea’s late Silla to the early Goryeo eras through the evolution of the upper monastic area 
  • One of the rare sources of information on Korean Buddhist architecture and temples
  • This book is a small endeavor to reinterpret the volumes of data gathered from field research based on excavated temple ruins and existing historical documents and, in the process, introduce Korean Seon temples to a global audience
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When Seon (Zen) Buddhism was first introduced to Korea around Korea’s late Silla and early Goryeo eras, the function of the “beopdang” (Dharma hall) was transfused to the lecture hall found in ancient Buddhist temples, establishing a pivotal area within the temple compound called the “upper monastic area.” By exploring the structural formation and dissolution of the upper monastic area, the author shows how Korea established its own distinctive Seon temples, unlike those of China and Japan, in the course of assimilating a newly-introduced foreign culture as its own.

To accomplish this, the author analyzed the inscriptions on stone monuments which recorded the lives of eminent monks and also numerous excavated temple ruins. These analyses give us a new perspective on the evolution of the upper monastic area, which had the beopdang as its center, at a time when early Seon temples were being established under very adverse and unstable circumstances. The exploration of the spatial organization and layout of Korean Seon temple architecture has illuminated the continuity between Korean Buddhist temples of both the ancient and medieval eras. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Seung-yeon, Lee

    Pages 1-6

  • Background of Seon Temple Establishment in Korea’s Early Seon Buddhism

    Seung-yeon, Lee

    Pages 7-20

  • Ancient Lecture Hall and the Spatial Organization of the Buildings on Its Left and Right

    Seung-yeon, Lee

    Pages 21-41

  • Establishment of the Upper Monastic Area with the Beopdang as Its Center in Korean Seon Temples

    Seung-yeon, Lee

    Pages 43-55

  • Formation of Multiple Areas within Seon Temples in the Aftermath of the Dissolution of the Upper Monastic Area

    Seung-yeon, Lee

    Pages 57-95

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-00053-4
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Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-00052-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03324-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
On the Formation of the Upper Monastic Area of Seon Buddhist Temples from Korea´s Late Silla to the Goryeo Era
Authors
Series Title
Sungkyunkwan University Outstanding Research
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00053-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00053-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00052-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03324-2
Series ISSN
2195-3546
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 117
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