Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

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Devotional Practice Laity Education and Precepts Ceremonies
Laity Education and Precepts Ceremonies

Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism


With 10 million devotees, the Jogye Order is Korea's largest Buddhist sect. The Order conducts systematic educational programs so that devotees can live their lives as proper Buddhists. It also holds regular dharma talks and numerous other events at its nationwide temples where monastics and laity participate together.
A lay member of the Jogye Order receives the precepts and education as prescribed by the Order’s constitution and regulations. There are four developmental levels in the laity educational programs: entering the Jogye Order → basic education → re-education/specialized education → education for leaders. Basic educational programs are available at all temples and it is necessary for lay Buddhists to complete these courses. Lay Buddhist colleges provide specialized education for the laity to cultivate more specialized knowledge and promote devotional practice. Re-education is a lifelong educational process through which devotees can enhance their devotional practice and continually put the teachings into action. Education for leaders is designed to cultivate leadership potential.
All devotees of the Jogye Order receive the precepts at a ceremony when they officially enter the Order, after which they are registered as devotees. To receive the precepts refers to taking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, and to receive the five precepts for the laity: to refrain from taking life, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and taking intoxicants.

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