Pagodas

The Seon Center has two rather unique pagodas, one on the roof of the Dharma Hall, and one in the main courtyard. These pagodas are showing us the truth that all beings share the same life, the same mind, the same body, work together and share everything.

The Seven Treasure Pagoda
The Seven Treasure Pagoda is on the roof of the Seon Center, and is made of seven golden spheres. Easily seen from far away, the Seven Treasure Pagoda looks even more beautiful at night when it is illuminated with light.

The seven spheres of the Pagoda represent the Stars of the “Big Dipper” constellation, which are the stars that play an important role in human being’s spiritual evolution. Sometimes this Pagoda is also called “the Pagoda of the Universe,” because of its connection to the stars of the Big Dipper.

The Seven Treasure Pagoda works together with the Kujung Pagoda and takes all the energy of the Earth, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and all aspects of working and living together, and combines all of these together as one.

Gujeong Pagoda
The dedication for the Gujung Pagoda was held on January 6, 2002. The function of the Gujung Pagoda is to help all beings, both living and dead, to cultivate their minds so they can attain wisdom and realize the Pure Realm that is within themselves. The Gujung Pagoda is in the courtyard off the third floor Dharma Hall of the main building. It is made of five different kinds and colors of stone, which came from all over the world.

The upper part of the pagoda is made of nine white marble spheres, of which the bottom sphere is 105 centimeters in diameter. The nine spheres represent the nine pure realms, where each realm has a different function, but there is no hierarchy among them. The lower part of the pagoda is made of four different colors of stones: blue, red, green, and yellow. The total height of the pagoda is 9 meters.

Although the Gujung Pagoda is made of many different parts, it is the overall meaning that must be emphasized. Just as everything in the universe works together, the ultimate meaning of the pagoda is that everything shares the same mind, the same body, the same life, works together and shares every single thing.

When any kind life dies, then through the Gujung Pagoda they are able to evolve, to raise their level of consciousness. This happens because the energy of the Gujung Pagoda goes into the earth, and at the same time that energy is also connected to and works together with the Seven Treasure Pagoda, which is connected to the universe through the stars of the Big Dipper. These pagodas embody the sharing and working together of everything in the universe and in the Earth, and through this circulating, all beings, both living and dead, are able to evolve.

When any kind life dies, then through the Kujung Pagoda they are able to evolve, to raise their level of consciousness. This happens because the energy of the Kujung Pagoda goes into the earth, and at the same time that energy is also connected to and works together with the Seven Treasure Pagoda, which is connected to the universe through the stars of the Big Dipper.

These pagodas embody the sharing and working together of everything in the universe and in the Earth, and through this circulating, all beings, both living and dead, are able to evolve.

The center of the universe’s energy is the place where birth and death are one. Further, these two pagodas, the Seven Treasure Pagoda and the Kujung Pagoda, are the center of all of the Earth’s energy of the past, present and future. Through these two pagodas, the energy of the universe and the energy of the earth are connected and function together. These pagodas are showing us the truth that all beings share the same life, the same mind, the same body, work together and share everything. These pagodas are also guiding all beings and helping them to evolve.

People have the ability to build these pagodas within themselves, and if they can do this, their mind will become the center of these energies. It was to teach people to erect such pagodas within themselves that the physical pagodas were built.

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