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Shin Jeong-yil
Hangul 정일
Revised Romanization Sin Jeongil
McCune–Reischauer Sin Chŏngil

Shin Jeong Yil[1] (Shin Jeongyil, Hangul신정일; Hanja申正一, 1938–1999) was a South Korean religious leader (the founder of Hanol-gyo),[2] a politician[3] and an entrepreneur.[4]

Hanol-gyo, the religion which Shin founded, can be regarded as the religious re-establishment of the Korean national founding philosophy[5] which foresaw the possibility of an evolution in human consciousness 5,000 years ago.[6][7]


Hanol-gyo is an unconventional religion: it is the teachings on enlightenment and awakening; it pursues self-liberation of consciousness rather than the traditional ways of religious worship.[8] Hanol-gyo permits its participants to practice other religions as well: it honors and respects all other enlightened beings (Dangun, Buddha, Jesus, Lao-tzu, Confucius, etc.), along with their teachings and their religions;[9] it aims to overcome religious separation and unite under the name of Truth.[10]

The Founder's Doctrine is "Naol is Hanol", which means “My true spiritual nature is one with the spiritual nature of All.”[5]

When Hanol-gyo was first founded 50 years ago, the society was suffering from the aftermath of the Korean War under the strict military regime.[11] Despite the unfavorable circumstances, the rise of the Hanol Spiritual Movement with 800,000 followers allowed the Governmental recognition of Hanol-gyo by 1967.[12] After the recognition, Hanol-gyo branches were rapidly established throughout the country and Hanol-gyo reached 2 million members at its peak.[5]

"The conversion of 800,000 people to the Hanol Spiritual movement laid a foundation for the creation of the Hanol Spiritual Foundation, which was approved by the Korean Government as a legitimate religion in 1967. The Governmental recognition led to the rapid development of its branches throughout the country and the followers of Hanol-gyo reached 2 million members at its peak. According to the «Encyclopedia of Korean Culture», there were 2 million followers during its heyday. Another survey of the «Current status of religious groups» published by the Ministry of Culture and Public Information shows that there were 520,000 followers in 1982, and approximately 410,000 followers in 1997, with 186 branches located throughout the country including the main temples in the major cities of Seoul, Busan and Daegu." — Hanol-gyo Official website, History of Hanol-gyo [13] [5]

Other activities

As a politician, Shin formed the Unified Korea Political Party and ran for the South Korean presidency twice,[14] in the 13th election in 1987[15] and 15th election in 1997.[16]

As the founder and chairman of the Hanon Group,[17] Shin acquired the right to develop one of the largest crude oil mines in Iraq.[18] He protested against the war in Iraq and supplied medicine for the children suffering from the war. As recognition of his humanitarian and diplomatic efforts, he was appointed to the Honorary Consul by both the Iraqi and South Korean governments.[19]

Later years and death

In 1998, Shin published the Hanol Scriptures, the compilation of 36 books containing the profound teachings on the Truth and its applications on philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, science, economics, politics, society, nature, culture and religion.[20]

Shin died in 1999.[21] According to the press, "unprecedented number of sari (sacred crystals found among the cremated remains of enlightened monks and Buddha) were found[22] and witnessed by many people including clerics and monks of other religions.[23] Hanol-gyo has been exhibiting the sari at the Commemoration Ceremonies of the Founder."[24]



  • 1965 Established the Foundation of Hanol
  • 1967 Established the Jeong-Yil Association Inc.
  • 1971 Established <Junghwhasa> publications
  • 1973 President of the National Association of Dangun, the Progenitor of Korea
  • 1978 Founder of the Central Association of Hanol-gyo
  • 1979 Premier Representative of Hanol-gyo Inc.
  • 1980 Head of the Research Institute of Hanol Philosophy
  • 1980 Public Proclamation of 'The Declaration of Hanol'
  • 1981 Chairman of the National Committee of the Spiritual Enhancement Organization
  • 1981 President of the Korean Club of the International Kendo Federation
  • 1984 Honorary Chairman of the Labor and Agrarian Political Party
  • 1985 Standing member of the Advisory Council for the Democratic and Peaceful Unification Policy
  • 1987 Member of the founding committee of the Unified Korea Political Party/ Advisor to the Research Institute of the Unified Korea Party
  • 1987 Unified Korea Party 13th Korean Presidential Candidate
  • 1989 Chairman of the Board, Institute of Korean Diplomacy and Defense
  • 1989 President of the Association of Korean Technology and Development
  • 1991 Presenter of the “Political Theory on the Peaceful Unification of Korea" at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Institute of Politics
  • 1992 Chairman of the Hanon Group
  • 1996 Honorary Consul of Iraq in South Korea
  • 1997 Harris Manchester College Foundation Fellow, Oxford University
  • 1997 Unified Korea Party candidate in the 15th South Korean presidential election
  • 1998 The fifth Chairman of the Korea Wushu Federation
  • [Former] Member of the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC)



  • 1966 The Path: the Meditation on Transcendence (묘도경)
  • 1967 The Theories on Form, Formlessness and Transcendence of Form (진공묘유론), The Book on Truth and Nature (정연장서)
  • 1968 The Incredibility of Truth (바른 모습의 신비), The principles of Unification: Truth Movement (정일운동요람), Transcendentalization (정화)
  • 1969 The Book on the Reflection of Truth (정학경서)[26]
  • 1970 The Introduction to the Theory of Truth (정학입문)
  • 1972 The Philosophy on Transcendentalization (정화이념)
  • 1973 The Emergence of Unified Religion (통합종교의 출현)
  • 1975 The Enlightened and Awakened Progenitor, DANGUN
  • 1976 Spirit Truth Happiness (얼.바름.행복)
  • 1978 The Sacred Book on Human-race, Humanity, HANOL (민족성전, 인류성전, 한얼경서)
  • 1980 The Concept of HANOL Spirit (한사상), HANOL-GYO (한얼교)
  • 1981 The Quintessence of HANOL Spirit (한사상의 본질)[27]
  • 1982 The First Principle of HANOL Spirit (한사상의 원론)[28]
  • 1984 Shin Jeong Yil, The Founder of Hanol-gyo (한얼교 창교주 신정일)
  • 1985 The Quantum Physics of HAN (한과학론)
  • 1986 The Political Theory of HANOL and its applications (한주의온얼사상론)
  • 1987 The Reflection of HAN (한경), The proposal to Constitutional Reform on Presidential Election (대통령직선제 개헌을 제의한다)
  • 1988 The Texts of 13th Presidential Candidate Speech (제13대 대통령 후보 연설문집), The HANOL Scripture (한얼말씀(한얼성서)), The Technology of Trans-Spirit (첨단정신 기술학개론)
  • 1989 The Path (나의 길), HANOL Political Philosophy (한주의 정치 철학)
  • 1990 The Peaceful Unification of Korean peninsula(한반도 통일)
  • 1991 The Trinity of Possibility (가능성의 삼위일체), The Equilibrium of Korean Unification (한반도 통일을 향한 중도 노선)
  • 1993 The Theoretical Approaches on HAN: Mathematics and Science (온울과학 성격수학 개론)
  • 1994 The Text book on HANON theory (신정일 정신한온학)[29]
  • 1995 The Guidance to Enlightenment and Awakening (한얼교 육대원리 교리서)
  • 1996 The Sacred Doctrine of 10,000 years (한님의 만년교리)[30]
  • 1998 The HANOL (36books) (한얼말씀 36권)

See also


  1. ^ a b Shin Jeong Yil, the founder of Hanol-gyo - Hanol-gyo Official website
  2. ^ "한얼교(Hanol-gyo)". 한국 브리태니커 온라인.  Encyclopædia Britannica online Korea
  3. ^ "신정일" [Shin Jeong Yil]. Naver People. 
  4. ^ "신정일" [Shin Jeong Yil]. Joins People. 
  5. ^ a b c d "한얼교(Hanol-gyo)". 한국민족문화대백과 [Encyclopedia of Korean Culture]. 
  6. ^ Hanol-gyo Official website
  7. ^ "신정일" [Shin Jeong Yil]. 한국민족문화대백과 [Encyclopedia of Korean Culture]. 
  8. ^ Commemoration in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hanol-gyo’s re-establishment. (Power Korea. February 2015 issue, P. 71~77)
  9. ^ "종교합일사상" [The Religious Unification]. Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. 
  10. ^ "홍익인간의 정신 계승한 한얼교, 창교 50년 기념하는 한얼절 행사 가져" [Preservation of Hanol Spirit, Hanol-gyo’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony]. SBS CNBC. 2015-04-06. 
  11. ^ 다시 거리로 나온 민주화 세대 January 12, 2014. The Reemergence of the Generation of Democracy, Kyunghyang Shinmun
  12. ^ 두산백과 - 한얼교 Doosan Encyclopedia - Hanol-gyo
  13. ^ History of Hanol-gyo
  14. ^ "신정일(Shin Jeong Yil)". 두산백과.  Doosan Encyclopedia
  15. ^ Sohn Suk-hee (1987-12-06). "신정일 통일한국당 후보, 부산 유세" [Presidential Candidate of Unified Korea Party, Shin Jeong Yil, Busan Campaign]. MBC Evening News. 
  16. ^ 김재호 [Kim Jae-ho]. "통일한국당 신정일 후보" [Presidential Candidate Shin Jeong Yil of Unified Korea Party]. Dong-A Ilbo. 
  17. ^ "한얼그룹 사업확장 재계주목-컴퓨터등 계열 17사" [Dramatic expansion of Hanol group-computer divisions 17 subsidiary companies]. JoongAng Ilbo. 1995-08-04. 
  18. ^ 윤성훈 [Yun Seong-hun] (1996-10-27). "이라크명예영사 취임 신정일씨" [Shin Jeong Yil Inaugurated as Iraq's Honorary Consul]. Dong-A Ilbo. p. 23. 
  19. ^ 이선민 [I Seon-min] (1999-07-07). "한얼교 창시 신정일씨 기업,정치,외교 수완. 이라크명예대사도" [Founder of Hanol-gyo, Shin Jeong Yil equipped with business-politics-diplomacy skills, as well as an honorary consul of Iraq]. The Chosun Ilbo. p. 24. 
  20. ^ "창교 50년 맞은 한얼교, 마니산 한얼온궁에서 한얼절 기념행사 개최" [Hanol-gyo’s 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony]. 한국경제TV [Korea Economic Daily TV]. 2015-04-06. 
  21. ^ 이희용 [I Hui-yong] (1999-04-06). "한얼교 창교주 신정일씨 별세" [Shin Jeong Yil, Founder of Hanol-gyo, Deceased]. Yonhap News. 
  22. ^ "한얼교 창교주 유골서 사리 28과 발견" [28 pieces of rare sari found in the cremated remains of Shin Jeong Yil, Founder of Hanol-gyo]. Yonhap News. 1999-04-20. 
  23. ^ 반세기 맞은 민족종교 ‘한얼교’ 故 신정일 법통의 한얼정신 인류 의식진화의 길을 제시하다. Hanol-gyo, facing half a century commemoration, initiation of intellectual revolution of humanity by the founder Shin Jeong Yil, Political economy news, April 2015 issue
  24. ^ "한얼교 올해 창교 50년, 지난 발자취 쫓는다" [Hanol-gyo’s 50th anniversary]. 헤럴드경제 [Korea Herald Economy]. 2015-04-04. 
  25. ^ A Guidance to Hanol-gyo
  26. ^ 정학경서 (The Book on the Reflection of Truth) - National Library of Korea
  27. ^ 한사상의 본질 [The Quintessence of HANOL Spirit] – via Google Books. 
  28. ^ 「한」思想原論 [The First Principle of Hanol Spirit] – via Google Book Search. 
  29. ^ 신정일 정신한온학 [The Textbook on Hanon theory] – via National Library of Korea. 
  30. ^ 한님의 만년교리 [The Sacred Doctrine of 10,000 years] – via National Library of Korea. 

External links

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