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Don Baker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832339

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832339.001.0001

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The Spiritual Gaze in Korea

The Spiritual Gaze in Korea

(p.94) Chapter 6 The Spiritual Gaze in Korea
Korean Spirituality

Don Baker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows what defines “Korean spirituality.” This spirituality is evident when Koreans continue to pursue ways to overcome the limitations of existence as an individual, despite their theological differences, while considering the ethics of interpersonal interaction, especially interactions among family members, as particularly important. Another aspect of this spirituality is the freedom of religious traditions to add other ethical obligations to the Confucian base. Buddhism, for example, advocates respect for all forms of sentient life. Meanwhile, the folk religion encourages efforts to maintain proper relationships with local gods and spirits, and Confucianism mandates ritual displays of respect for ancestors.

Keywords:   Korean spirituality, interpersonal interaction, religious traditions, Confucian base, Buddhism, folk religion, Confucianism

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