Taego Bou

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Taego Bou painting from the 19th century

Taego Bou (Hangul태고보우; hanja太古普愚, 1301–1382), alternatively romanized as Taego Bowoo or Taego Bowu, was a Korean Seon master who lived in Goryeo, was the cofounder of the Jogye Order with Jinul, and is credited as the founder of the modern Taego Order.

According to tradition,[1] he unified five different branches of Buddhism and nine different Seon lineages into a single order which continues to this day. For his efforts, he was appointed as a supreme patriarch for the dynasty.[2] This helped set the standard for Korean Buddhism by bringing both doctrinal and practice-oriented sects together under a single umbrella.[2]


  1. ^ "Taego Order, Overseas Parish: History". Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Muddy Water Zen: About Taego Order". Retrieved 27 December 2012.