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Il Won Sang
Il Won Sang

Il-Won (One Circle) is the Dharmakaya Buddha,
the origin of all things in the universe,
the truth that all buddhas and sages enlighten to,
and the original nature of all sentient beings.

Won-Buddhism is a religion
believing in, knowing, and carrying out
the Truth of Il Won Sang.


on literally means circle and symbolizes the ultimate reality. From ancient times many spiritual traditions have expressed the universal truth through the image of a circle. In early Christianity, God was depicted by a circle and in the Zen tradition, Buddha nature or our original mind has been symbolized by a circular image.
In Won Buddhist temples, the Buddha image is replaced by the Il Won Sang (O) image.
The western philosopher Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.”  One Zen master asked, “If you do not think, who are you?” There is a koan or spiritual question in Zen that states, “Before the buddhas of antiquity appeared, there was a perfectly round shape.”
When our minds are without any defilements, desires, or attachments, we are as clear as space and as clean and purely reflective as a perfect mirror. This is the realm before any thought arises. This is beginner’s mind. This is who we really are.
In this pure space, all religions, all traditions, all philosophies can join together. This is our true home to which we all may return.

Grandfather, when I miss you..

One day, Robert, the grandson of Venerable Daesan, the Third Head Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism, asked "Grandfather, you are now very old. When you pass away and I miss you, what will I do?" Master Daesan answered, "After I am no longer here, when you would like to see me, you can enter the dharma hall and see Il Won Sang (O)."

Face of God


God is a circle whose center is everywhere, whose circumferance is nowhere.

- St. Augstine