What is ‘Cultivation’?
Cultivation is the devotional recitation of predesignated incantations consistently with a quiet and calm mind and body so as to give rise to a singular-focused mind. This is the basic means for attaining spiritual mastery. The mind should also be imbued with reverence and sincerity toward the endless worship of the Supreme God. By doing so, you can fill your Dantian with the energy you receive from divine beings and even the Supreme God. This gradual build-up of energy culminates in spiritual mastery which unfolds as a perfect integration with divine spirits.
Cultivation is divided into three parts: Holy Works, Ritual Prayer, and Spiritual Training. In addition to these forms of spiritual cultivation, Dao cohorts also attend Devotional Offering Ceremonies, key rituals which are 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.
This is the practice of reciting prayerful incantations at designated places (this is a temple complex or fellowship center, which is a center for communal worship similar to a church or synagogue) or in one's home at a designated time. It is divided into 'Gido on ordinary days' and 'Gido on days of worship': 1) Gido on ordinary days: Praying at home every day within the hours of Jin (7:00-9:00), Sul(19:00-21:00), Chuk (1:00 -3:00 a.m.) and Mi (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.). However, if you are away from home, you may say these prayers after you return. 2) Gido on days of worship: Praying at a designated place or at home within the hours of Ja (11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.), Oh (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.), Myo (5:00 - 7:00 a.m.), and Yu (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.) on Gab and Gi days.
Spiritual Training (Su-ryeon)
The practice of chanting the Tae-eul Mantra without a designated place or time.