Humanities and Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA 93117
University of Michigan
About the Talk
Yŏnbok-sa, a grand Korean Buddhist temple that once stood in the heart of the Koryŏ capital, Kaegyŏng, as a memorial temple for the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan, became the site of a heated controversy over the legitimacy of Buddhism itself. Using the story of Yŏnbok-sa as a backdrop, this talk will examine why this controversy came about and how it was related to the fall of the Koryŏ and rise of the Chosŏn dynasty.