Haetalmun Gate of Magoksa

2. Haetalmun Gate of Magoksa

[Man]
The shape of the water and mountains in the place where Magoksa Temple is located is of the Taegeuk type, and it is considered to be one of the ten scenic spots protected from the war in records such as the Ecological Guide to Korea and the Prophecies of Jeong. Magoksa Temple is located at the southern foot of Taehwasan Mountain. The Haetalmun Gate of Magoksa Temple serves as the main gate for entering the temple compound. Haetalmun Gate may be described as follows, according to the Buddhist view of the universe. At the top of Sumisan Mountain lies Kausika Heaven, which is ruled by King Sakra, and there stands a Haetalmun Gate called Burimun Gate, or the Non-Duality Gate. It is a symbolic gate where you can enter the Buddha's Land, the world of truth, only through this gate.

[Woman]
Sumisan Mountain refers to a mountain of the imagination believed to be located at the center of the world in the Buddhist view of the universe, and the Kausika Heaven indicates an ideal world located at the top of Sumisan Mountain. Its shape is square, and each of the four corners has its own peaks, and at the center stands a palace called the beautiful-to-see heaven. It is said that King Sakra stays here and rules over the gods of 32 castles on all sides. King Sakra, the king of Kausika Heaven, was originally the most powerful of the Indra gods of ancient India, but he was influenced by Buddha and transformed into a powerful figure who defends the orthodox Dharma and stands by Buddha and his disciples, and is known as the heavenly king who rules the secular world.

[Man]
The Haetalmun Gate of Magoksa Temple is composed of three sections in the front space and two at the side space, and it was designated as a cultural asset on May 17, 1984. On either side of the aisle are the statues of the four Deva kings and the Child Manjushri and Child Samantabhadra statues.

[Woman]
The status of four Deva kings usually serves as a gate guardian for pagodas and both sides of a gate to the temple. It is also called the benevolent kings. These gods are known to protect the law of the thousand Buddhas, knowing all kinds of secret historical records of Buddha and having 500 devil gods. Normally on the left side of the temple gate stands the king of secrets, and on the right stands the king of strength.


[King of Secrets]
"I'm the King of Secrets! I escort the Buddha at all times! I have made a vow to hear the secrets of Buddha! I crush anguish with the metal club in my hand!"

[King of Strength]
"I am the King of strength! As a deva king of the heavenly realm! My strength is a million times the strength of an elephant! I act to relieve all living beings by my own strength!"

[Manjushri Bodhisattva]
"I am Manjushri Bodhisattva. I am a Bodhisattva who symbolizes the wisdom of the prajnā. After the Buddha's death, I was born in India and practice the principle of prajnā. I usually sit on a lotus pedestal, with a sword of wisdom in my right hand and a lotus flower in my left hand, but sometimes I sit on a lion that symbolizes dignity and bravery. With the sword of wisdom, I will cut off the anguish of all living beings!"

[Samantabhadra]
"I am Samantabhadra. Along with the Manjushri Bodhisattva, I help the Buddha to redeem living beings. I am also called the life-extending Samantabhadra, as I have the virtue of prolonging the lives of living beings. I sit on a lotus flower bed or on a six-toothed white elephant. I engaged in the Bodhisattva practice under the Vairocana Buddha, and I am also a teacher of Avatamsaka.”

[Woman]
Samantabhadra was not widely popular as a religious figure due to his lack of aspect on the interests in this life or the afterlife, unlike the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva or Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.

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