There have been two great discoveries that have benefited all humans on earth. One is Buddha’s discovery of our mind-nature, and the other is Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism’s discovery of Grace. There is a reason why we have two eyes. One is for looking inward and observing our mind and the other is for looking outward and finding Grace. - Daesan, the Third Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism
May heaven and earth watch over us
May parents watch over us
May fellow beings respond to us
May laws respond to us
Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace.
We have gathered here with our hearts enjoined to renew our commitment to cultivate our spirituality to restore inner peace and joy. We pray everyone becomes emboldened in their hearts, to see the path that leads to love and peace.
May we spend more time in meditation and silence to get to know ourselves completely in order to build peace on earth.
May we be enabled and empowered by inner strength, inspiration and motivation as One Family within One House.
Let us restore our Buddha Nature which is far more powerful than external challenges and difficulties.
May we let go of everything to live a new life to start a new day each day.
May we nurture ourselves to uncover our inborn wisdom and see the truth, the truth about ourselves, the truth about others,and the truth about the universe.
May this service deepen and strengthen our love for all.
- This prayer is used in the Dharma service at the temple.
The Fourfold Grace is the manifestation of Dharmakaya (Truth) Buddha or Il Won Sang. It could be said that the Fourfold Grace and Dharmakaya Buddha are two sides of the same coin. In Won Buddhism, we see the world from the perspectives of Grace which implies “co-existence” “interdependence” and “oneness”.
Grace, in Won Buddhism, is a core expression of the interdependency and interconnectedness of all. It was expressed by Sotaesan based on his own awakening to the truth that nothing can exist without being interrelated with others. Each being in the universe is related to and indebted to other beings for its existence.
The term Grace in Won-Buddhism, signifies this interdependency and interconnection between all things.
With regard to human existence, all things in the universe are classified into four groups and are known as the Fourfold Grace: the Grace of Heaven and Earth, the Grace of Parents, the Grace of Fellow Beings, and the Grace of Laws.
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“If we wish most easily to understand the grace we have received from heaven and earth, parents, all living beings, and Dharma, we first must consider whether we could sustain our existence and live without them. Then, even the most stupid or ignorant among us would acknowledge that we could not live without them. If there is a relationship where in we cannot live without the other, then where would there be a grace greater than that?” “If we were to specify the content of Il Won Sang, it is in fact the fourfold grace; if we were to specify the content of the fourfold grace, it is in face all things in the universe; and there is nothing among the myriad things in the universe that is not the Buddha.”
“Sentient beings turn even a benefactor ten times over into an object of resentment if he fails just once to favor them. Persons of the Way thank a person who has wronged them even ten times over if he favors them just once. Therefore, sentient beings discover only the harm within grace and bring on disorder and disruption; persons of the Way find the grace within harm and bring on peace and comfort.”
- From the Scriptures of Won Buddhism
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