Master Seolpa Sangeon was the great seon(zen) master and also
a great scholar of Avatamsaka Sutra. He was a native of Mujang(Gochang
county, Jeonra north province) and entered into monkhood at
his age of 19 to Seonunsa temple through venerable Heesum. He
was a great seon(zen) master and also famous for his great knowledge
of Avatamsaka Sutra.
The great seon(zen) master venerable Baekpa entered into monkhood
through venerable Shihun at his age of 12 to Seonunsa temple.
He wrote Seonmunsukyung(a hand mirror of seon(zen)) and this
book caused seon(zen) controversy through one and half century
in Korean seon(zen) tradition. His great experience of seon(zen)
and buddhism produced a large number of seon(zen) masters
after him and because of it, he became the great seon(zen)
patriach of restoration in the Korean seon(zen) tradition.
His stone monument which is exhibited at Seonunsa temple museum
was written by Chusa Kim jung-hee who disputed seon(zen) with
master Baekpa as a confucian. Even though the confucian Chusa
disputed seon(zen) with master Baekpa, he revered master Baekpa
as a great seon(zen) master, a good vinaya practioner and
a great scholar of Avatamsaka Sutra.
Seokjun Jungho was a monk of light and leading. He was a forerunner
of modern Korean buddhism. He always harbored reformation
of declining buddhism of his time and so he exert himself
to make a reform in Korean buddhism.
He was also a fighter for national independence against Japanese
colonialism. Especially he protected Korean tradition of seon(zen)
buddhism when pro-Japanese monk Lee hoi-kwang tried to unite
Korean seon(zen) tradition with Japanese zen.
He tried to enlighten the public through buddhist mazagine
and also educated the rising generation as a great mentor
of his age. Nowadays he is evaluted as a great master of poems
and a good writer. He is also evaluted as a man of practical
mind because of his great devotion to reformation of Korean