In 1989 when he was studying Religion Philosophy at Harvard and searching for the truth, he happened to attend Monk Soung-san's lecture and which led him to become a Buddhist priest. In 1999 he published "Manhang; From Harvard to Hwagaesa" a book concerning his self-discipline which became a best seller writer in Korea.
Monk Hyun-gak lectured about "What is True Religion." He said that in this westernized society, people are not satisfied with their lives although they live in a technically developed world with wealth and fame because they don't know what is real satisfaction. He said real satisfaction comes from self-discipline, which is the main point of all the religions.
Monk Hyun-gak ended his one hour lecture by saying, "Whatever your religion is, you shouldn't have blind devotion. You should study the religion first and then discipline yourself."
Monk Hyun-gak is now planning to write a book about Jesus Christ's thoughts, which was barely known and are incorrectly translated in the bible.
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