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|Subject||Solitary Sage: Seminar on the Life of Go-un|
On Monday, December 4th, 11:30am-1:00pm, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a History of the Unified Silla(670– 932 AD). Cultural lecture program Solitary Sage: the Profound Life and Legacy of Korea’s “Go-un” Choi Chi Won. The program is an education program operated by the YEOL Korean Heritage Preservation Society.
Solitary Sage: the Profound Life and Legacy of Korea’s “Go-un” Choi Chi Won
Great scholar, writer and spiritual sage Choi Chi Won (857-?) is one of the most interesting yet enigmatic figures of all Korea's cultural history, displaying many virtues and talents and symbolizing many key themes. He exemplifies the tragic spirit of the Unified Silla Dynasty’s waning days, and the incipient harmony among Korea’s Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism –a general "culture hero" of Korean tradition. He served as a brilliant government official in both Tang China and Korea, but then adopted the scholar-name Go-un [Lonely Cloud] to reflect his feelings about his life, during which he practiced Daoism and lived in great Buddhist temples and recorded their histories, which remain inscribed on stone monuments today. Finally, he attained “immortality”at Gayasan Haeinsa Temple.
This lecture will tell the fascinating story of his life, showing many photos of the lovely sites associated with him, and explain the profound effect that his legacy left on the next 1,100 years of Korea's cultural development.
Don’t miss the chance to have a lecture from Professor David A. Mason(Associate Professor, Korean Cultural Tourism at Sejong University) and learn about the history of Silla. The fee would be free. The venue of this event will be near Anguk Sation(line3). Specific details will be emailed to you once you send us an email for reservation.
You can sign up in person or by email only. (Only Foreigners can join this program.)