|Gyeongju's Sacred South Mountain|
|I, second from left, was the leader of this group-hiking-tour for the Royal Asiatic Society - Korea Branch in October 1999. I'm holding a roof-tile, which temples "sell" (for w10,000) to raise money for constuction of a new building. You can't read it here, but I wrote our identity, the date, and a wish for Korea's Peace and Prosperity; it will be installed like that in the roof of the new Buddha Hall.|
|A monk bows before the great Bori-sa Buddha (National Treasure #136) on the eastern side of Nam-san..|
|10/99 Hiking Tour with RAS-KB|
|LEFT: the "hidden Buddha" carving near Bori-sa, just discovered in the 1990's. It's about 2 feet high, on the eastern face of a boulder, in dense forest on a steep hillside.
ABOVE: a Korean man prays to San-shin in front of lit candles on Eastern Nam-san.
|LEFT: Sakyamuni or Amita Buddha manifesting up from the granite cliff at Sang-seon-am, way up on the western slope of Nam-san. For more about this, see my New Text on Korean Zen Buddhism page.
RIGHT: the San-shin altar-painting of Sang-seon-am in 1999. It is quite rich with symbols: a staff with gourd-bottle, a plan staff, a crane-feather fan, peaches and bullo-cho.
|LEFT: San-shin appearing in the "Assembly of the Spirits" altar-painting (see pages 113-117 in my book) in Sang-seon-am [Upper Immortal Hermitage].
RIGHT: the portrait of the virtuous old monk who resided at Sang-seon-am from 1955 until 1995, when he died at over 90 years old. He was renown for his wisdom and gentle character. Some Koreans now regard him as a San-shin of Gyeongju Nam-san.
|These two photos of Nam-san Sangseon-am and me with its Master are from 1986!|