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Philosophy of Practice Academy
at Jeju National University, Republic of Korea

The Kim Chang-In Philosophy of Practice Exhibition Hall at Jeju National University

The Kim Chang-In Philosophy of Practice Exhibition Hall
at Jeju National University

Jeju National University in the Republic of Korea is growing and developing into a globally prestigious university. In 2008, Former University President Ko Ko Chung-Seok was deeply impressed by Kim Chang-In’s Philosophy of Practice, and began to promote it as an educational program.

In 2010, the Jeju National University Press released two books on the Philosophy of Practice called “Mind” and “A Path for Man”. In 2011, the Center for Koreans from Jeju Living in Japan was established at Jeju National University. The Republic of Korea cooperated with the University in order to complete a cultural facility that promotes the cultural exchange with Koreans from Jeju who are living in Japan.

After receiving accreditation from the Korean Ministry of Culture, Jeju National University adopted a formal course of study of the Philosophy of Practice, with student-oriented lectures being put in place that would allow students responsible for the future to use the Philosophy of Practice to establish clear coordinates for their lives.

Via public readings by the University President and professors of the book “Mind” that are regularly held, as well as through Philosophy of Practice study meetings and special lectures available to the general public, Jeju National University is promoting a broad range of activities wherein the excellent principles of the Philosophy of Practice can be used to reinterpret senses of traditional values and world views in accordance with the spirit of the times.

In 2016, the Kim Chang-In Philosophy of Practice Academy was opened in order to closely study the academic values of the Philosophy of Practice and to administer educational programs so that future generations can study it. Through efforts to widely spread knowledge of the Philosophy of Practice, Jeju National University is allowing the teachings to take flight and instill hopes and dreams in young people.

The Philosophy of Practice Outdoor Academy at Jeju National University

The Philosophy of Practice Outdoor Academy
at Jeju National University

The Republic of Korea Jeju National University Philosophy of Practice Outdoor Academy consists of the “The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth Pagoda of the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment”, a structure built to honor Kim Chang-In’s Philosophy of Practice via the themes of The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth, Peace, and Sincerity.

The Outdoor Academy is made up of seven stone monuments. At the front entrance lies the “Gate of the Soul (with “Cleansing of a Heart and Soul Enlightened to the Truth” and “Cultivation of a Heart and Soul Enlightened to the Truth”), while on the right are monuments showing the “Foreword” and the “Philosophy of Practice”, and on the left are monuments for “The Philosophy of Practice”, “The Sun”, “The World of the Universe”, “The Foundation to Find Truth”, and “Cleansing of a Heart and Soul Enlightened to the Truth”.

At the center of the grounds is enshrined the “Pagoda of the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment (Peace, Sincerity, and Prayer)”, and in front of it lies three stone monuments: “Foreword - The Philosophy of Practice”, “The Basics for Everyday Life - The Foundation of Peace for Our Home”, and the “Philosophy of Practice”.

In addition, to either side of the Pagoda of the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment lie two stone monuments engraved with the teachings of “A mind respecting the logic of the great nature of heaven and earth / Learn from the trees and the spirit of taking only one way, all the way, through to the truth / One must be aware, most importantly with a right mind, of the fact that a principle is the sublime, high and noble providence and heaven’s decree”, and “Achieving the power of practice to pursue truth to the extreme and the constant and imperturbable state of mind / Achieving the power of practice to pursue life to the extreme and the constant and imperturbable state of mind / Achieving the power of practice to pursue peace to the extreme and the constant and imperturbable state of mind”.

Written on the front and back of three more stone monuments to the rear of the Pagoda of the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment can be found the words “The Philosophy of Practice - A Philosophy of Heart and Soul” - “Providence and Heaven's Decree - The Hundred Year Great Plan”, “A Last Will” - “Providence and Heaven's Decree - The Root of Fate”, and “Postscript” - “Originality (Innate and Natural Talent)”.

The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth - Pagoda of the Path of Spiritual Enlightenment for the Kim Chang-In Philosophy of Practice is a singular edifice made of Indian-sourced imperial granite, wherein the world’s top techniques in stone monument and glass construction have been united in unbridled creativity. This monument has been built to endure all the torrents of nature for more than a millennium, during which it will continue to convey the teachings of Kim Chang-In’s Philosophy of Practice to countless future generations.

Republic of Korea Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 1749803

Japan Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 1516087

The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth - The Pagoda of the Five Rings of Reverence

The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth
The Pagoda of the Five Rings of Reverence

This traditional stone Buddhist pagoda has its origins in esoteric teachings from India approximately 3000 years ago. The Pagoda of the Five Rings of Reverence was constructed to seek out deeper views on the universe and the world, and is a symbol of respect toward the Great Nature of Heaven and Earth and our ancestors. It is made up of the Ring of Earth, the Ring of Water, the Ring of Fire, the Ring of Wind, and the Ring of the Void, representing the five major elements that are considered to be the elements that compose the universe. It is common for most Five Ring Pagodas to have Rings of Fire that jut out in all directions, with an overall spire shape with prominent apex elements. The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth - Pagoda of the Five Rings of Reverence was constructed to strive for peace, while all five of its rings possess a roundness like the sun that pours the light of life onto all of creation. The Ring of Fire in particular symbolizes a universal viewpoint, with peace, happiness, and prosperity for mankind. In addition, the three red circles engraved into the gravestone represent the sun and the world of the universe, while the centers of these circles represent the human soul and sincerity. In a similar vein, the twelve heart shapes (love) are symbolic of peace, and this succession of hearts represents the eternity of history via time and the universe expanding in all directions. The Great Nature of Heaven and Earth - Pagoda of the Five Rings of Reverence is symbolic of the world in the universe that encompasses all of creation and the sincerity that shows the greatest respect to the Great Nature of Heaven and Earth.

Republic of Korea Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 707679

Republic of Korea Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 707650

Japan Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 1467389

Japan Patent Office - Registration of Design No. 1467390