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Pak Jae-cheol

November 5, 1932
DiedMarch 11, 2010 (77 years old)
Gilsangsa Temple, Seoul, South Korea
EducationChonnam National University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBeopjeong
Birth name
Revised RomanizationPak Jaecheol
McCune–ReischauerPark Chae-ch'ŏl

Beopjeong (Korean법정; 5 November 1932 - 11 March 2010), born Pak Jaecheol (박재철),[1] was a Buddhist monk and writer from South Korea.[2]


Born in 1932 in Haenam County, South Jeolla Province, Beopjeong graduated from Mokpo Commercial High School and entered Chonnam National University. In 1954, his junior year, he left school and decided to become a Buddhist monk as a follower of Hyobong Hangnul, a Jogye Seon master.

Beopjeong was widely known for his musoyu (무소유) spirit,[3][4] literally meaning "nonpossession" or "lack of possession," which he propagated through many of his publications, which have been loved by many Koreans.[5] The following is a representative example of his direct, poignant style:

On December 14 1997, Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan of the Korean Catholic Church attended and offered congratulations on the opening of Gilsangsa Temple (길상사 吉祥寺), located in Seongbuk District, Seoul. In return, Beopjeong visited Myeongdong Cathedral on February 24, 1998, and delivered a special speech showing the harmony between religions.[7]

On March 11 2010, at the age of 77, in the 55th year of his monkhood, Beopjeong died in Gilsangsa, as a result of chronic lung cancer.

He said in his will: "Don't hold a funeral for me. Don't make a coffin. Dress me in cotton, which I used to wear. Scatter my ashes on the flower garden of the hut where I used to live." In accordance with his will, a simple cremation rite was held at Songgwangsa in Suncheon on March 13, 2010.[8] There was no decorated bier or elegies, and thousands of people from all over the country attended.


In Korean[edit]

  • Non-Possession (무소유, 無所有)[9] ISBN 9788908041318
  • The Sound of the Soul (영혼의 모음) ISBN 8946413409
  • Words and Silence (말과 침묵) ISBN 9788946413429
  • The Sound of Water, the Sound of Wind (물 소리 바람 소리) ISBN 9788946413375
  • Quiet Talks in the Mountains (산방한담) ISBN 8946411368
  • Throwing It Away, Leaving It All Behind (버리고 떠나기) ISBN 8946413360
  • India Travel Journal (인도 기행) ISBN 9788946415539
  • Desolate Forests, As Birds Have Gone (새들이 떠나간 숲은 적막하다) ISBN 8946413417
  • Flower Blossoms in the Mountains (산에는 꽃이 피네) ISBN 9788995904992
  • The Beautiful Finish (아름다운 마무리) ISBN 9788995904961
  • The Joy of Living Alone (홀로 사는 즐거움) ISBN 9788946414709
  • One Life, One Meeting (일기일회) ISBN 9788995904985
  • One for All, All for One (한 사람은 모두를 모두는 한 사람을) ISBN 9788993838022
  • May All Beings Be Happy (살아있는 것은 다 행복하라) ISBN 8995757701
  • The Books I Have Loved (내가 사랑한 책들) ISBN 9788993838107

In translation[edit]

  • May All Beings Be Happy (2006) - edited by Ryu Shiva, translated by Matty Wegehaupt[10]
  • The Sound of Water, the Sound of Wind (2010) - edited and translated by Brian Barry[11]
  • Meditations of a Zen Master (2012) - edited and translated by David Bannon[12]
  • Meditations of a Korean Monk (2012) - edited and translated by David Bannon[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Beop-Jeong
  2. ^ 법정 (法頂) Doosan Encyclopedia Beop Jeong
  3. ^ '무소유' 법정 스님 4주기 추모법회 열려 연합뉴스TV, 25 February 2014
  4. ^ 무소유의 수행자, 법정 스님 입적 Hankook Ilbo, 10 March 2014
  5. ^ 베스트셀러 20위 안에 11권 법정스님 책 세계일보 March 26, 2010
  6. ^ Beopjeong (2012). Meditations of a Zen Master. Translated by David Bannon. Bilingual Library.
  7. ^ 천주교-불교 종교 초월한 교감 확산 The Chosun Ilbo, February 27, 1998. Catholic-Buddhism Spreading communion beyond religion
  8. ^ "The Venerable Beopjeong: Profile". Gilsangsa. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  9. ^ 법정스님 수필 무소유 Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  10. ^ Beopjeong (2006). Shiva Ryu (ed.). May All Beings Be Happy: The Selected Dharma Sayings of Beop Jeong. Translated by Matty Wegehaupt. The Good Life. ISBN 8995757736.
  11. ^ Beopjeong (2010). The Sound of Water, the Sound of Wind. Translated by Brian Barry. Jain. ISBN 9780895818256.
  12. ^ Beopjeong (2012). Meditations of a Zen Master. Translated by David Bannon. Bilingual Library. ISBN 1300327405.
  13. ^ Beopjeong (2012). Meditations of a Korean Monk. Translated by David Bannon. Bilingual Library. ISBN 1105519201.

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