What is ‘Cultivation’?
Always bear in mind with utmost sincerity that the Supreme God is always with you. Based on this mindset, while quieting your mind and body, concentrate your reverent mind on the Supreme God and direct this energy to your lower Dantian (the elixir field considered to be a center of qi-energy or life-force located in the lower abdomen) by reciting incantations. While reciting, you should maintain reverence and sincerity toward the Supreme God in order to achieve the integration with holy divine spirits including Him.
Cultivation is divided into three parts: Holy Works, Prayer and Spiritual Training. In addition to these forms of spiritual cultivation, Dao cohorts also attend Devotional Offering, an important ritual ceremony which is held almost every month.
Holy Works (Gongbu)
Holy Works are a form of spiritual cultivation featuring the ritualistic recitation of incantations in a specified time and place. Holy Works are currently held only at Yeoju Headquarters Temple Complex. This ritual is performed by a team of 36 participants who take turns reciting specific incantations (mantras) for 24 hours without a break at designated times and places in a specific manner. Holy Works are divided into Sihak-gongbu and Sibeob-gongbu, which differ from one another in terms of incantations, location, and ritual methodology.
Holy Works are the most important form of spiritual cultivation because it is directly related to Perfected Unification with Dao (Dotong) and opening the Earthly Paradise of the Later World. It has been carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without any break since the Summer Solstice of 1991. But, other gongbu (gido gongbu) were carried out temporarily from 1972 until 1991.
Prayer is the practice of reciting prayerful incantations at designated places or at home at designated time. It is divided into Daily Prayer and Weekly Prayer. Daily Prayer is practiced at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm everyday whereas Weekly Prayer is practiced at 5 am, 11 am, 5 pm, and 11 pm on gab and gi days.
Spiritual Training (Su-ryeon)
The practice of chanting the Tae-eul Mantra without a designated place or time.