Reviving Ancient Wisdom

When Ilchi Lee discovered the ancient spiritual traditions of the Korean peninsula, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that its principles and practices matched those he had become aware of through his own meditation practice. Based on the 81-character text, the ChunBuKyung, and embedded in the culture by the legendary Dahngun dynasty of kings, what Ilchi Lee thinks of as the founding philosophy of the Korean nation became the bedrock of his own teachings. They have been spread through his media and methods.


Realizing that modern Korea was no longer conscious of this part of its cultural heritage, he began the Kookhak movement there. This movement raises awareness of the Hongik philosophy—the desire to benefit all. It instills pride in Korea’s heritage as a nation that based its government on the spirit of Hongik in its ancient past and calls for the same today.


Institute of Korean Cultural StudiesThe hub of the movement is the Institute of Korean Cultural Studies, also known as Kookhakwon. This private research institute located at Mokcheon runs educational, academic, and cultural programs open to all people to disseminate information about the Hongik philosophy and Brain Education. For this purpose it opened the Han People Historic and Cultural Park at Mt. Heukseongsan in Cheonan-si, South Korea. Learn more about the Institute at