The 33rd President of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
Ordination Name: Jaseung
Profile of Ven. Jaseung, President of the Jogye Order
The Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (JOKB) is the largest single religious organization in Korea having the greatest number of members. Ven. Jaseung represents the Jogye Order and can be said to be a symbolic leader of Korean Buddhism. According to the Korean government 22.8% of the population are Buddhist, 18.3% are Protestant Christians, and 10.9% are Catholics.
Ven. Jaseung took ordination with Ven. Jeongdae, the 30th President of the Jogye Order, as his vocational master (Eunsa). Ven. Jaseung did numerous meditation retreats at such notable temples as Donghwasa and Bongamsa. Thereafter, he served as the abbot of Suwon Dharma Center, Daedeoksa Temple, Sammaksa Temple, and Yeonjuam Hermitage. He entered the Jogye Order Administration in 1986 as the Vice-Director of the Department of Education. Thereafter, he fine-honed his administrative skills in serving as the Director of the Department of Finance and the Director of the Department of Administration. He also served on the 10th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Central Councils (Jogye Order legislative council) to work hard for the will of the Buddhist community. In particular, he served as the Chairperson of the Central Council from 2006 to 2008.
In addition, Ven. Jaseung served the community as the Director of the Gwacheon Social Welfare for five years from 1997. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Eunjeong Center for the Promotion of Buddhist Culture since 2002. Through this organization, he has worked hard for the future generation by offering scholarships to teenagers and college students. In addition, Ven. Jaseung held the first-ever Buddhist Doctrine Knowledge Competition for teenagers on a nationwide level. In addition, Ven. Jaseung is fully committed to international relief work. As head of the Jogye Order, he has offered generous support to Vietnam’s victims of Agent Orange and other third-world nations such as Myanmar and Cambodia.
Ven. Jaseung is a fully ordained Bhikkhu. His ordination age is 30 and his normal age is 50. He represents the Jogye Order and oversees the entire administrative processes of the order. He is in charge of more than 3000 temples (including 25 District Head Temples) of the Jogye Order and appoints abbots and employees of the administration. He is in charge of the assets of the order and holds the final authority. He also serves as the President of the Association of Korean Buddhist Orders. He is one of the main figures of Korean society and a leading figure among national leaders. He is one of the leaders to be called upon in national emergencies. Moreover, Government and societal leaders visit Ven. Jaseung to receive council.