Executive office

The place that supervises administrative work of Tiantai Buddhism is the executive office in Guinsa Temple, the headquarters.

The executive office consists of 6 departments and 1 office under the head of the executive office with him as the center. The 6 departments and 1 office under the executive office includes the general affairs department, the school affair department, the education department, the treasury department, the society department, the bylaw department, and the planning office.

General affairs department

This department generally plans and executes the religious group's activities. It consists of the general affairs bureau, the bureau of personnel, and the facilities management bureau. The general affairs bureau's most important duties are to execute or take charge of administration or Buddhist services according to the enforcement of Order's Charter Jeongbeop. Besides, it is in charge of administration of official business, publication, and public relations of the religious group and is responsible for the details about design and licenses of architecture and civil engineering of Buddhist temples related to it. The main duty of the bureau of personnel is personnel appointments. It is very important to split up the work by appointing limited human resources to the right places to develop the religious group. For this, the bureau of personnel generalizes the right to appoint chief Buddhist monks, the most important personnel affairs in the religious group, presidents of pilgrim associations and executives of them in each area, and the appointment about personnel affairs of the religious group, and the details about reward and punishment of the whole sectarians. The facilities management bureau is responsible for building, rebuilding, repairing, and construction of buildings of Buddhist temples of the religious group and their lanscaping and Dancheong (Traditional multicolored paintwork on wooden buildings).

School affair department

The school affair department's roles are very important for making the religious group expand religious situation and have gradually increased. The school affair department is responsible for teaching and spreading the Buddhist teachings to Buddhist monks and believers and the general public. The school affair department consists of the school affairs bureau, the board of ceremonies, and the bureau of propaganda. The most important duty of the board of ceremonies is education and management of the Buddhist monks who are in charge of Buddhist service ceremonies. And it is responsible for education, guidance, and supervision of 거사부전 and management of Buddhist sanctuary of the headquarters. Considering these points, the importance of the school affair department cannot be emphasized enough as it can be the department that is directly in charge of propagating believers at the front.

Education department

It generally manages education and Buddhist services and culture and cultural assets. The education department splits up the work by composing the bureau of education and the bureau of culture and art. The bureau of education is responsible for all types of education of Buddhist monks and believers in Guinsa Temple and business of Geumgang University, the religious school of the religious group. And it has made great efforts to propagate and educate traditional etiquette of Buddhism. And it takes full charge of Buddhist doctrines and acaemic studies through the Cheontae Buddhist Culture Research Center, the affiliated organization. The bureau of culture and art is responsible for finding and propagating Buddhist culture and art of the religious group and has regularly held the Cheontae Art Festival. And it has managed the cultural assets possessed by the religious group through the Buddhist Museum of Cheontae Order.

Treasury department

The treasury department generalizes financial affairs of the religious group and is based on its development. It consists of the bureau of finance, the bureau of accounting, and the bureau of paper lanterns. The bureau of finance is responsible for property management, financial management, and budget settlement of the religious group. The bureau of accounting manages all the details about revenue and expenditure, generalizes finances in the religious group, and inspects and manages the overall details that it purchases and consumes articles used by it. The bureau of paper lanterns is responsible for manufacturing and installing celebration lanterns that participate in magnificent big events of the religious group including Buddha's birthday and Supreme Patriarch Sangwol Wongak's birthday.

Society department

This part grows in importance as the religious group has grown in stature. It consists of the bureau of society, the bureau of liaison, and the bureau of farming. The bureau of society is putting too much emphasis on social welfare service and has focused on implementation of hygiene, sanitation, and fire fighting of the religious group, Guinsa Temple, and the general public and welfare of Buddhist monks and plans for their later years. The bureau of liaison generalizes international relationships of the religious group and external business related to the current state of affairs. Meanwhile, the bureau of farming places and manages the workforce that will work in the farming industry, livestock, and farms as the unique department that just exists in our religious group. Guinsa Temple, the headquarters, is providing a lot of staple food and side dishes that the general public consumes in the temple by operating a big farm in it. The point that sets an example for farming by day and practicing asceticism by night through operation of this farm.

Bylaw department

It aims at making the four classes of people who follow Buddha's teachings accomplish the Buddhist Priesthood with the religious precepts purified by the religious group by keeping them of Buddhism. It splits up the work by consisting of the bureau of rules and the bureau of guidance. The bureau of rules examines the matters that build the religious group's ascetic ethos, tighten discipline of Buddhist monks and believers, and takes disciplinary actions for the general public who violates the rules, grants amnesties for them, and rehabilitates them and investigates and implements qualification of Buddhist monks and believers. The bureau of guidance is usually responsible for guidance and supervision of the affiliated groups of the religious group by preventing and guide corruption that can take place by observing religious affairs of each religious affairs organization.

Planning office

The planning office consists of two bureaus of the planning bureau and the computing bureau. The planning bureau generalizes the establishment of annual project plans of the religious group, adjustment and control of budgets, and establishment of the details about presenting vision for developing Tiantai Buddhism and long and mid-term development plans. Meanwhile, the computing bureau is responsible for building the business management system of the religious group, computerizing bookkeeping and accounting of the temples, and developing and maintaining software.

Practice asceticism of Tiantai Buddhism is based on high teachings and practice that have led the age.

Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism is practicing broad ideals that longs for peace of all creation.

Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism was created in the Sui Dynasty as Zhiyi (智者 538~597) obtained Saddharma-pundariika-samadhi by realizing the truth with wisdom and establishing the asceticism method of 5시(時) 8교(敎) 교관 and three view points in a single thought (一心三觀) focusing on . As Zhiyi was active in Tiantai Mountain, he was called Tiantai Zhiyi. The religious order got to be called Tiantai Buddhism as it was told by Zhyiyi.

Tiantai Buddhism was introduced to Korea by Eicheon, the State Preceptor Daegak (義天 1055~1101) in the Goryeo Dynasty. There were many high priests who deeply studied doctrines and practice asceticism of Tiantai(천태교관수행) even in the Silla Dynasty and the Baekje Period. As Monk Eicheon rebuilt Tianti Buddhism, it became the driving force of flourishing Buddhism in the Goryeo Dynasty.

iantai Buddhism that had gone through a slump for more than 500 years by the policy to respect for Confucianism was rebuilt by Supreme Patriarch Sangwol Wongak in 1945. Supreme Patriarch founded 'Guinsa Temple for myriads of people and saving all people', spread efforts to make movements of yourselves through detachment from the senses smooth by realizing, knowing, and utilizing the unified truth(원만각행), and rebuilt Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism. Now, more than 500 monks and more than 2.5 million Buddhists in more than 160 temples of Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism all over the country is doing faith and practice and practicing Bodhisattva of farming by day and practicing asceticism by night with Guinsa Temple as the center. Tiantai Buddhism's farming by day and practicing asceticism by night is to practice the path of daily life that is the same with enlightenment as the asceticism ethos that you work during the daytime and study at night.

Practice asceticism of Tiantai Buddhism is based on high teachings and practice that have led the age. Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism is practicing broad ideals that longs for peace of all things including humankind as well as individual practice asceticism and the pursuit of social common good under the three indicators of 'Patriotic Buddhism', 'Living Buddhism' and 'Popular Buddhism'. Thank you for making an alliance with Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism. I wish that this precious alliance will lead to prosperity and happiness of individuals, nations, and all mankind.

Head of the Executive Office, Chontae Order of Korean Buddhism

Period of service Belong to
1982.12.25 ~ 2005.01.12 Give complete work Sammunsa
1984.01.31 ~ 1985.01.09 A supreme patriarch librarian
1985.01.10 ~ 1990.01.10 Supreme patriarch librarian section chief
1985.01.16 ~ 2016.12.31 8~15 large Jonguihoe hospital
1991.12.29 ~ 1996.12.31 General affairs won city editor
1996.06.27 ~ Cheontaebulgyo Munhwayearnguwon researcher
1991.12.29 ~ 1998.03.06 The general affairs won financial manager
1998.03.10 ~ 2001.01.04 General affairs won city editor
1999.07.16 ~ 2012.07.19 An incorporated educational institution Geumgang University director
1999.07.17 ~ A director is Sahoebokjibeop,
1999.12.30 ~ 2005.01.12 Give codfish great accomplishment
2001.01.05 ~ 2002.09.09 Supreme patriarch librarian section chief
2002.09.09 ~ 2003.09.08 The general affairs won financial manager
2003.09.09 ~ 2005.01.09 Supreme patriarch librarian section chief
2005.01.10 ~ 2007.09.07 A general affairs won general manager
2005.01.13 ~ 2008.12.31 Give Ulsan Jeonggwangsa
2006.10.23 ~ Korea Buddhism Cheontae species Sutra of the Lotus publication. Proofreading expert advisor commission
2014.03.27 ~ Hangukbulgyojongdanhyeopuihoe vice president
2007.03.26 ~ Last libration in a sacrifice clan rules Gaejeongwiwonhoe member of a committee commission
2009.01.04 ~ 2013.01.01 Give Changwon Wonheungsa
2013.01.02 ~ 2016.12.28 Give Pohang Hwanghaesa
2013.01.08 ~ 2016.12.31 Jonguihoe chairman
2013.02.06 ~ 2017.08.14 Sangbeolwiwonhoe member of a committee
2013.05.13 ~ 2017.02.24 A Geumgang University void director
2016.12.29 ~ Give Busan Gwangmyeongsa
2017.04.22 ~ Senate member of a committee

Directors of the Executive Office

Name Appointment date Remarks
Kim, Deuk-ryeon 1966. 08. 30 1st
Ko, Seong-su 1969. 01. 01 Deputy director of the Executive Office
   〃 1969. 06. 19 2nd
Gwon, Gye-han 1970. 01. 05 3nd
   〃 1971. 01. 19
Han, Byeong-ik 1971. 10. 23 4nd
   〃 1973. 03. 22
Lee, Hye-bong 1974. 07. 04
Park, Seok-am 1974. 08. 30 5nd
   〃 1977. 01. 19 6nd
Jeon, Wun-deok 1980. 12. 21 7nd
   〃 1985. 01. 10 8nd
   〃 1988. 12. 18 9nd
   〃 1993. 01. 04 10nd
   〃 1997. 01. 14 11nd
   〃 2001. 01. 05 12nd
   〃 2004. 12. 27 13nd
Ju, Jeong-san 2006. 03. 27 14nd
   〃 2010. 03. 31 15nd
Jang, Do-jeong 2012. 11. 29 16nd
Byeon, Chun-gwang 2014. 03. 21 17nd