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Hyangga of Korea - Prayer to Amitayus - Kwangdok

Identifier

027007

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Cheongnyangsa Temple

Columbia Anthology of Traditional Korean Poetry – edited by Peter Lee

KWANGDOK (FL.661-681)

Prayer to Amitayus

Kwangdok, a celibate ascetic, lived in the village of West Punhwang and endeavored to practice virtue. He is said to have gone to the Western Paradise of Amitayus, as he had prayed.

O moon,
Go to the West, and
Pray to Amitayus
And tell

That there is one who
Adores the Buddha of Infinite Life and
Longs for the Pure Land,
Praying before Him with folded hands.

Ah, would he leave me out
When he fulfills the forty-eight vows?

Yongamsa Temple

The source of the experience

Korean mystic shamanism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Prayer

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Singing and humming

Commonsteps

References