Buddhism

戒無悟轮回

PreceptNon-existenceEnlightenmentReincarnation

Those terms above are some main concepts in Buddhism, backing to Kim ki-duk’s movie Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring, we can see how the Buddhism concepts reveal a man’s life.

Spring: the fish died – Transgression 破戒to violate the precepts

The little boy(a Buddhist) plays tricks on some little animal, unfortunately the fish died. Though he tried to save its life as the master asked, the Transgression starts, when he was a little child. And the master just watched what the boy did without saying a word, but latter, the master use the same way as the boy did to the animals in order to teach him a lesson. This is the way Buddhists always do when they want to tell or teach something, this is why in Buddhism, meditation is an important lesson to them all, no matter what level they have already reached.

Ten Precepts
The ten kinds of good behavior, the first five of which are also observed by lay practitioners.
1. not killing (unintentional, child’s curious)
2. not stealing
3. no improper sexual behavior (such as adultery, etc.)
4. no false speech
5. no consumption of alcohol
6. not eating after noon (one day one meal, no food from noon till tomorrow’s sunrise)
7. not watching dancing, singing and shows ;
8. not adorning oneself with garlands, perfumes and ointments
9. not using a high bed
10. not receiving gold and silver

Summer: the young girl comes – Transgression, violate the precept again

No improper sexual behavior (such as adultery, etc.) 色戒

When the girl comes to the temple, we can see those two young people start a chasing game, and finally, they reach each other’s heart and body. In the movie, there’s no certain scenes show that whether the master knows their transgression or not, but Buddhism believes that if something is going to happen, it must happen one day, nothing can stop it, and it must lead to some result. If the killing of the fish is the start, then comes with the sexual behavior, and something must be waiting ahead.

Autumn: murder the wife – Transgression

not killing (intentional, take revenge) 杀戒

This time is the real killing,the intentional one, the most serious one in the young man’s life, and also a turning point of his Buddhist life and ordinary life both.

-curious -> the fish died
-desire of sex ->leave ->murder
-the master asks the young man to cave Chinese characters (the Buddhist scriptures) ->helps him to do lessons,meditation, enlightenment
the master puts 閉(close) on his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth-> no desire, nonexistence, reincarnation

By caving the Buddhist scriptures, the master finished his teaching lessons, the rest lessons should be meditated by the young man himself. If a master has some missions, one of them is to help ordinary people to enlighten. In some Buddhism stories, a master always dies when he thinks that’s the time for his death, at that time, they died peacefully without desires, complains…they believe the death is a start of reincarnation.

Winter: Reason – Results 因果报应
Meditation – Enlightenment

無 Nonexistence, emptiness, no desire

Uncover enlightenment
Awakening- To experience enlightenment
To acquire a valid understanding of something
To understand or comprehend a matter; To understand an experiential reality through reason

Through the whole winter, the young man finished the beginning of enlightenment finally.

And spring: the young man getting old, a new baby comes -> Reincarnation

Buddha always sits at somewhere higher look at everything happens.

Like four seasons change by the time, the cycles of life change as well, we never know if the life that the master experienced as the same as the young man, but the cycles of reincarnation must follow some rules, to someone, somewhere

Songgwangsa Temple, Gwangju, Jeollanam-do,S.Korea

Not like Chinese and Japanese, Korean Buddhism is full of concept of harmony, from the temple’s design to the Buddha’s figure. Songgwangsa temple is one of the oldest temple in S.Korea.

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