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Yeongsanjae; Re-enactment of Buddha’s Delivery of the Lotus Sutra on the Vulture Peak (Designated 2009)

Yeongsanjae is a form of Buddhist ritual for the deceased. Silla created the ritual since buddhism was introduced to the peninsula and spread rapidly, briefly becoming the official religion of all three kingdoms.

A central element of Korean Buddhist culture, the rituals are quite complicated and take whole 4 days to complete all procedures. Beompae is an important part of the ritual as Buddisht words are interpreted in a form of dancing and singing.

Yeongsanjae acts as a bridge to inherit the value of Buddishm in an artistic form and re-enactment of Buddha’s delivery of the Lotus Sutra on the Vulture Peak and zen meditation.

<Last updated on October 5, 2015>

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