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Grading your Korean – Mastering pronouns | Billy Go

Fri, 2021-07-09 13:12

It's time for a new "Grading your Korean" episode, where I grade the Korean of some of my subscribers. I'm still accepting new submissions, and there are instructions for how you can send in your video for me to grade in this video's description.

In this episode, we'll talk in detail about using Korean politeness levels, as well as using pronouns in Korean.

Special thanks to Grant for sending me his video to grade.

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Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang – The Twin Guardians of Korean Temples: 나라연 금강 & 밀적 금강

Thu, 2021-07-08 00:22
Narayeon Geumgang (left) and Miljeok Geumgang (right) at Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do. Introduction

When you first enter a temple, you’re typically greeted by the paintings or the statues of the “Sacheonwang” in Korean, or the “Four Heavenly Kings” in English, inside the Cheonwangmun Gate. However, there are two other guardians that you can find at the entry of a Korean Buddhist temple. They can either be painted on the front entry doors to the temple, or they can take up residence inside the Geumgangmun Gate. As I’ve already written a post about the Sacheonwang, I thought I would now write about the other two guardians that you might encounter at the entry of a Korean temple. So who are these two guardians? What do they look like? And why are they at the entry of a Korean Buddhist temple.

The History of Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang

The twin guardians at the entry of a Korean Buddhist temple are known as “Narayeon Geumgang – 나라연금강” and “Miljeok Geumgang – 밀적 금강” in Korean. Both are manifestations of Vajrapani (Protector and Guide to Siddhartha Gautama). Additionally, they are seen as a manifestation of Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul), and in Pure Land Buddhism, or “Jeongto-jong – 정토종” in Korean, the image of Daesaeji-bosal will appear flanking Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise).

In Chinese Buddhism, where these two figures originate, and then migrate eastward to the Korean peninsula and then onto Japan, they are known as Heng and Ha. At a Chinese Buddhist temple, you’ll typically find them housed inside the Shanmen (The Gate of Three Liberations), which is the most important gate at a Chan (Seon – 선) Buddhist temple. They typically hold vajras (short metal weapons symbolic of the indestructibility of a diamond). In Korean a vajra is known as “Geumgang-jeo – 금강저.” Both are believed to protect the dharma (Buddha’s teachings), so they are known as dharmapala (dharma protector).

Narayeon Geumgang (left) and Miljeok Geumgang (right) at Dogapsa Temple in Yeongam, Jeollanam-do

Originally when these two guardians appeared in Indian Buddhism, there was only one of them. However, as Buddhism migrated eastward and appeared in China, the influence of Chinese traditional culture and folk customs took hold. So instead of having just one of these guardians, and appealing to the Chinese custom of the importance of pairs, these two guardians multiplied and became Heng and Ha.

The Appearance of Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang

As for the appearance of Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang, they can be wearing a crown and they have enormous physical strength made evident by their rippling upper body muscles. They have graceful, light clothes with their upper bodies exposed. However, during the conservatism of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the upper body was later clothed. They can have wild hair, coloured skin, and fierce and intimidating expressions on their faces. They also appear with their eyes wide open and their noses protruding outward. Most commonly, and the greatest giveaway as to their identity, are the vajras that they hold in their hands.

Narayeon Geumgang (left) and Miljeok Geumgang (right) at Magoksa Temple in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do.

More specifically, the guardian on the right is traditionally Miljeok Geumgang, and it has its mouth open to pronounce the sound “a.” This sound represents the vocalization of the first grapheme (a grapheme is a letter or a number of letters that represent a sound in a word) of Sanskrit Devanagari. This is “अ” and it’s pronounced “a.” Miljeok Geumgang symbolizes unconcealed strength, which is physically made evident with the geumgang-jeo (diamond club), thunderbolt stick, or sun symbol he holds. It’s also made plain by Miljeok Geumgang baring his teeth.

The guardian on the left, Narayeon Geumgang, has its mouth closed to utter the “heng” sound. This sound represents the vocalization of the last grapheme of Devanāgarī, which is “ह.” This is pronounced like a “heng.” Furthermore, Narayeon Geumgang symbolizes a dormant sense of strength, which is physically made evident with his mouth firmly clenched, and he’s either barehanded or wielding a geumgang-jeo (diamond club).

Together, these two characters of “a” and “heng” are meant to symbolize the birth and death of all things. According to myth, all people are born speaking the “a” sound with their mouths open. And when a person dies, they are saying “heng” with their mouths closed. Similar to Jaya-Vijaya in Hinduism, Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang in Buddhism are meant to signify “everything” or “all creation.” And the contraction for both, which is “Om – ॐ,” which in Sanskrit symbolizes The Absolute.

As for their powers, they can use deadly rays of light to defeat those that want to harm the dharma. So Narayeon Geumgang shoots deadly rays of light from its nostrils, while it makes the “heng” sound. While Miljeok Geumgang shoots rays of light from his mouth, while it makes the “ha” sound with its mouth. So while Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang protect the physical world of the temple, they also protect wisdom from ignorance.

Inside Seokguram Grotto in Gyeongju with Narayeon Geumgang (right) and Miljeok Geumgang (left) protectively guarding the entry to the inner chamber (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia). Examples

There are numerous wonderful examples of Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang both as paintings and statues throughout Korea. As for paintings, you can see some great examples at Nojeonam Hermitage in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do; the famed Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju; Silleuksa Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do; and Beopjangsa Temple in Gyeongju, as well.

As for statues of Narayeon Geumgang and Miljeok Geumgang, you can typically find them inside the Geumgangmun Gate at the entry of the temple grounds. Great examples of these can be found at Magoksa Temple in the Haetalmun Gate in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do; the entry to the Seokguram Grotto in Gyeongju; and inside the historic Haetalmun Gate at Dogapsa Temple in Yeongam, Jeollanam-do.

Narayeon Geumgang (left) and Miljeok Geumgang (right) at Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju.

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You (probably) should stop asking 잘 지내세요 | Korean FAQ

Tue, 2021-07-06 12:06

Two common phrases that are taught early on are 잘 지내세요 and 어떻게 지내세요 - as well as variations on each of those.

However, 잘 지내세요 and others can actually sound awkward in many situations. One of the most common places they can sound awkward is when used to strangers. This is because these phrases actually mean "How are you?" and are used when you actually want to ask someone how they're doing. They're not used as casual ways to say "Hello" to strangers you meet.

This is not to say that 잘 지내세요 isn't used commonly, or that it's an awkward phrase. But it's important to know when and how to use it, in order to avoid sounding awkward in Korean.

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Bukjijangsa Temple – 북지장사 (Dong-gu, Daegu)

Tue, 2021-07-06 00:05
The Entry Gate at Bukjijangsa Temple in Dong-gu, Daegu.

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Temple History

Bukjijangsa Temple is located on the south-eastern part of Mt. Palgongsan (1192.3 m) in northern Daegu. Bukjijangsa Temple was first constructed in 465 A.D. by the monk Geukdal-hwasang. The name of the temple, Bukjijangsa Temple, means “North Jijang Temple” in English. The temple is named after the Bodhisattva of the Afterlife, Jijang-bosal. The temple is a counterpart to Namjijangsa Temple in neighbouring Dalseong-gun, Daegu. Namjijangsa Temple, which means “South Jijang Temple” in English, was first established in 684 A.D.

Some foundation stones from the original construction of the temple, which precede the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), still exist on the temple site. The original temple was much larger in size. In 1623, the Daeung-jeon Hall was rebuilt at Bukjijangsa Temple. Originally, it’s believed that this main hall was either a Geukrak-jeon Hall or a Jijang-jeon Hall (probably the more likely of the two). However, after a fire at the temple, the image of Amita-bul, which probably took up residence on the main altar inside the historic shrine hall, was replaced by an image of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) upon its reconstruction.

Bukjijangsa Temple is home to one Korean Treasure. This is the aforementioned Daeung-jeon Hall, which seems to have been converted into a Jijang-jeon Hall (probably the original purpose of the temple shrine hall). Officially, this temple shrine hall is known as the Jijang-jeon Hall of Bukjijangsa Temple. It’s Korean Treasure #805.

Temple Layout

When you first approach the temple, you’ll arrive up an uneven country road. It’s in a bend in the road, and slightly to the right, that you’ll first encounter the temple’s entry gate. This gate is overgrown with shrubbery, which almost makes it look like nature is trying to reclaim the entry gate. As you enter the gate, you’ll notice two fiercely painted Geumgang-yeoksa (Vajra Warriors) on either side of the entry.

Finally having passed through the entry gate at Bukjijangsa Temple, you’ll find yourself greeted by the compact Jijang-jeon Hall, which is also Korean Treasure #805. For some time, this hall acted as the main hall at Bukjijangsa Temple. Recently, it seems to be have converted back to its former purpose as a Jijang-jeon Hall. This shrine hall was first built in 1623. The architectural components of the Jijang-jeon Hall borrow from the style of the mid-Joseon Dynasty, while the dragons that adorn the Jijang-jeon Hall are derived from the late-Joseon Dynasty. The exterior walls to the Jijang-jeon Hall are largely unadorned all but for the traditional dancheong colours. As for the interior, you’ll be greeted by a solitary stone image of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife). This stone statue was first discovered behind the neighbouring Daeung-jeon Hall. It was found without a pedestal or nimbus. The left hand holds an orb, while the right hand is doing a mudra (ritualized hand gesture) for warding off evil spirits. It’s believed to be from Later Silla (668-935 A.D.). The statue is Daegu Tangible Cultural Property #15. This is another one that should at least be a Korean Treasure.

To the left of the Jijang-jeon Hall are the monks dorms. And to the right of the Jijang-jeon Hall is the temple’s Daeung-jeon Hall. The exterior walls to the Daeung-jeon Hall are largely unadorned, but they do have some Buddhist motif murals up near the eaves. Stepping inside the Daeung-jeon Hall, you’ll find a triad of statues centred by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). This statue is joined on the main altar by Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and Bohyeon-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Power).

In front of the Daeung-jeon Hall, and down from the main hall, is the older-looking monks dorms and storage shed. On fall days, they hang persimmons from the eaves of this building. It’s also in front of these older monks dorms that you’ll find the twin pagodas at Bukjijangsa Temple. They are Daegu Tangible Cultural Property #6, and they date back to either Silla (57 B.C. – 668 A.D.) or Later Silla (668-935 A.D.). The twin pagodas design were popular during the Silla Dynasty. The pagodas have a double layer base with a three-story body. Simplistic in design, the twin pagodas were renovated in May, 1981.

The final shrine hall that visitors can explore at Bukjijangsa Temple is the Sanshin-gak Hall to the left of the Jijang-jeon Hall. A trail leads up to the shaman shrine hall. And housed inside the Sanshin-gak Hall is a gentle-looking mural dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit). Rather uniquely, there are a pair of wooden dragon door handles placed on each entry door to this shaman shrine hall, so have a look for this feature.

How To Get There

It’s a little complicated to get to Bukjijangsa Temple. First, and from the Dong Daegu subway stop, you’ll need to head towards Ansim, which is on the first line. After two stops, get off at the Anyanggyo subway stop. You’ll need to take Exit #2 and head towards the bus station. From this station, you can either take Bus #401 during the weekdays or Palgong #2 bus on weekends or holidays. The bus ride will last thirty stops; after which, you’ll need to get off at the Jinin-dong (Yangji Maeul) stop. From here, you’ll need to walk about twenty-fives minutes towards the Daegu Ole-gil Palgongsan 1 course (hiking trail). On foot, you’ll head up this road for eighteen minutes, or 1.2 kilometres.

Overall Rating: 6/10

Bukjijangsa Temple is beautifully located and framed by the neighbouring Mt. Palgongsan. In addition to all the natural beauty at Bukjijangsa Temple, you can also enjoy the historic, and recently converted, Jijang-jeon Hall, as well as the twin pagodas and the tranquil image of the Mountain Spirit inside the Sanshin-gak Hall.

A look through the entry gate at Bukjijangsa Temple. The recently converted Jijang-jeon Hall at Bukjijangsa Temple. The Later Silla statue of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) inside the Jijang-jeon Hall. The Sanshin-gak Hall at the temple. And the painting of the Mountain Spirit inside the Sanshin-gak Hall. The view from the Sanshin-gak Hall towards the Daeung-jeon Hall. A different angle of the Daeung-jeon Hall. Persimmons hanging from the old monks dorms at Bukjijangsa Temple. And one of the twin pagodas at the temple in front of the Daeung-jeon Hall. —

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