Daesoon Jinrihoe (the Fellowship of Daesoon Truth) is one of the largest Korean new religions rooted in tradition. We believe in the Supreme God of the Ninth Heaven (Gucheon Sangje) who incarnated as Kang Jeungsan (1871–1909), a historical figure during the late 19th century in Korea.
As the omniscient and omnipotent Supreme God who presides over all things and matters throughout the Three Realms: Heaven, Earth, and Humanity, He made a Great Itineration through the Three Realms and ultimately descended into the human world.
He carried out the 'Reordering Works of Heaven and Earth (Chunji-gongsa)' to rectify the catastrophic disorder of the Former World, to save the Three Realms and to open up an Earthly Paradise just before passing into Heaven in 1909. These Great Works unfolded into what we call the ‘Daesoon Jinri (Daesoon Truth)’ of the Supreme God.
Through a revelation from the Supreme God (Sangje) Kang Jeungsan, the Lord of Dao (Doju) Jo Jeongsan (1895–1958) had the Orthodox Lineage transmitted to him. After becoming enlightened to the Daesoon Jinri (Daesoon Truth) of the Supreme God in 1917, the Lord of Dao established a religious order in 1925 based on the teachings of the Supreme God. He formulated a doctrinal system of Tenets, Creeds, Aims, various methods of cultivation, ceremonial procedures, and other regulations that continue to guide the lives of Daesoon Jinrihoe Dao cohorts into the present day.
The Orthodox Religious Authority was later transmitted by Lord of Dao Jo Jeongsan to his successor, Holy Leader (Dojeon) Park Wudang (1917–1996), as the Lord of Dao's deathbed edict. The Holy Leader then reorganized the existing order and gave it its new name, 'Daesoon Jinrihoe' in 1969. Therefore, the religious orthodoxy was transmitted from the Supreme God to the Lord of Dao, and then to the Holy Leader as a final transmission.
In conclusion, Daesoon Jinrihoe is a religious order that was established to achieve the following aims: Propagating of Sangje’s boundless grace and compassion to the world, Securing the salvation of spirits and humans, Promoting national interests and bringing peace to the citizenry, and Establishing the creation of an Earthly Paradise through the Renewal of Human Beings and the Transformation of Human Spirits based upon the eradication of Self-Deception. All of this shall be achieved gradually through spiritual cultivation in accordance with the Daesoon Truth that was revealed through the Great Itineration of Sangje as encapsulated by our tenets.
The main scripture in Daesoon Jinrihoe is the Jeon-gyeong, which contains the acts, teachings, and achievements of the Supreme God, Kang Jeungsan and Lord of Dao, Jo Jeongsan. It has become a guiding principle for Dao cohorts' cultivation. The religious facilities for Daesoon Jinrihoe include 5 temple complexes, 120 assembly buildings, and 200 assembly halls all over the country.
In practicing its religious doctrines, Daesoon Jinrihoe carries out the Basic Works (Propagation, Edification, and Spiritual Cultivation) and the Three Major Societal Works (Social Welfare, Education, and Charity Aid). Social welfare services are offered to people through the establishment of a general hospital and a welfare foundation, which operates a geriatric hospital, elderly nursing facilities, and a youth training center. For education, one university and six high schools are in operation. Charity Aid is now successfully performed both domestically and overseas by DIVA (Daejin International Volunteers Association).
Under Holy Leader Park Wodang's leadership, Daesoon Jinrihoe has became one of the largest new religions in Korea.