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Retaining the inner peace within, no matter what happens in the outer world- is what Buddhism has always taught us. The situation is always in our control if we choose peace over pain and that is the first step to understanding self, and others.

Delving deep into the Buddhist culture, one will understand that how the age-old tradition and practices are beneficial for mind, body, and soul. Such is this 1,700-year-old Korean practice of Sagyeong that was initially introduced in the early 4th century to spread the teachings of Buddha but over the years, this technique helps one to silence their chaotic mind, as it requires immense concentration and self-discipline.

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The term Sagyeong originates from two words- “Samadhi” and “Art”, where “Samadhi” refers to a meditative state of consciousness. The origin of Sagyeong can be traced back to both- manual transcription process of the Buddhist sutras, scriptures of Buddha’s short dicta, and the product of this act of transcription.

About 500 years ago, the development of Sagyeong flourished during the rule of Goryeo Dynasty (918–1392) and about 6,000 Buddhist scriptures were manually produced, more than ten times in woodblock printing as well as gold silver powder, as mentioned by KAF (Korea Art Forum).

During the 12th and 13th centuries, the production of Sagyeong reached its pinnacle. The Buddhist scriptures, Tripitaka Koreana (or Palman Daejanggyeong), were carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks from 1236 to 1251. Later, during the rule of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897)- this tradition was almost destroyed with anti-Buddhist policy.

At present, Haeinsa, a South Korean Buddhist temple preserves the collection of these scriptures and it is regarded as a world heritage today.

It is only patience and self-discipline that can help you experience inner peace. Isn’t it the most beautiful way to relieve the stresses of modern life?

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you. – Buddha