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- Nov.30~Dec.01,2013 Templestay review(2013-12-03)
* Valeriia, 10s, female, Russia *
It was really exciting experience.
And I really enjoyed this time, food was great.
* Anokhina, 20s, female *
Thank you for the getting new knowledge about ways
how to reach calm and happiness.
- Nov.23 ~ Nov.24, 2013 Templestay review(2013-11-25)
* Wang, 20s, female, China *
I never did this before. I think it is special experience in my life.
It is hard to get the spiritual however to fine myself is a thing
I will do through my whole life.
* Williem, 30s, male, South Africa *
Thank you for the opportunity of sharing your way of life and beliefs with me.
This experience really opens my eyes to the fact that there is a "bigger" world out there.
* Ellie, 20s, female, USA *
I really enjoyed my stay at the temple, especially the 108 vows and making prayer beads.
It made me, really think about how people want more things than necessary.
- the 248th [Geumsunsa templestay] Epiloque(2013-11-24)
“ This is the best religion program I have ever done! Feeling inspired! "
" 바른 마음가짐과 자세를 가지는 건 어렵구나 했습니다.”
“ 안정된다. 복잡한 마음이 정리된다.”
“ 모든 것에 감사함을 느껴야겠다. 좋은 시간과 추억을 안고 갑니다. 감사합니다.”
“ 간단하지만 소중한 생각들을 잊고 살았는데 다시 깨닫게 되어서 좋았습니다. 지금 현재에 집중할 수 있도록 더 노력해야겠습니다. 조용하게 좋은 체험할 수 있어서 좋았습니다.^_^”
“ 마음 수련, 모든 것은 하나, 벽을 두지 말라. 본연의 나를 찾자.”
“ 108bows, It seemed like a lot and at first I thought I couldn't do it but I did. Thank you for this great experience!"
" 불교를 처음 접해봐서 생소하고 낯설기는 했지만, 또 다른 종교의 문화를 느낄 수 있어서 새롭고 재밌었고 이번에 체험형 템플스테이를 접했으니, 다음엔 정말 휴식 느낌으로 다시 와서 체험해 보고 싶어요. 1박으로는 부족하겠지만 불교문화에 대해 조금이나마 알게 되어 좋았습니다. 묵었던 방도 너무 깔끔하고 잘 쉬고 갑니다-!^^”
“ Thank you for bringing me closer to this great religion. I will study more since it makes more sense than christianity."
" 매사 집착하지 말자.”
“ 어느 종교든 목적은 같고, 모두 사람사는 곳이고...따뜻한 정과 마음을 느끼고 갑니다.
생각보다 너무 프로그램도 알차고 사찰의 분위기도 좋고, 깔끔하고 정갈하고~♡♡♡ 너무너무 좋아요!! 다른 종교인데 전혀 거부감없이 좋은 경험하고 가게 되었고, 이런 기회를 제공해주셔서 너무 감사하고...누구에게도 추천해 주고 싶은 그런 체험이었어요~♡”
“ 절에 가는 걸 좋아해서 불교에 대해서 많은 걸 알고 있다고 생각했는데 템플스테이을 통해서 제대로 교육을 받아서 잘못 알고 있었던 것을 바로잡고 새로운 것을 많이 배우게 된 계기가 되어서 너무 좋았습니다. 바쁜 일상을 탈출해서 휴식을 가지고 싶었는데 적분에 좋은 체험도 하고 푹 쉬다 가게 되어서 감사합니다.”
“ 불교에 대한 인상이 바뀌었으며, 나를 돌아보는 계기- 스님께서 해 주신 말씀이 가습에 많이 남았습니다. 감사합니다.”
“ Love you! Love everyone :)"
" 참 알찬 프로그램이었습니다. 지금과 같은 마음가짐을 잊지 않도록 하겠습니다.”
“ 불교를 이해하는데 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 처음 참가한 템플스테이, 매우 만족합니다. 고맙습니다.”
“ Relaxing, Free daily life, More curious to discover more. I felt very good from the beginning to the end. Thank you for being so peaceful, smiling and welcoming."
" 너무 즐겁고 유익했습니다.”
“It's really a good practice and let me feel into different life style."
I feel very relaxed and happy. The experience has been very interesting and I learned a lot about the temple. I especially enjoyed being able to participate in the evening and morning routines. I would gladly come back here! Thank you for the stay!
This was a fantastic experience. Everything here is so beautiful and the air is so fresh. I feel calmer now after taking part of this templestay program. Thank you for your hospitality!
Dear templestay staff!
Thank you very much for this wonderful experience. I had a great time at your temple and was pleasantly surprised how good your English is! It made it a lot easier to understand the religion and culture. It was in total a great combination of religious activities such as the services and others as the hike or painting.
The templestay was a great experience offering an insight into the Buddhist culture. However, I think I would also have enjoyed a longer stay and more activities of 2~3 full days. It was really helpful that the sentences for 108 bows were in English. In that way I could really make sense of it. The group leaders and the staffs were all really friendly and helpful. It was a great stay. Thank you for that.
Hello! Thank you for a pleasant templestay at Woljeongsa. It was an interesting and fun experience to see Korean Buddhism, and I think a templestay is the best way to do so. Especially the friendly staff made it a nice experience.
Thank you so much for all! That was really enlightening. I’m really surprised by all you teach me. Your culture and your kindness are amazing! Thank you again.
Discovering Buddhism through a calm and relaxing atmosphere was a really great experience. Participating to the ceremonies with the lovely staff was truly interesting too. Thank you for all. Merci pour tout.
Eye-opening experience-immersing oneself in the daily routines of the monks!
Truly an excellent way of experiencing Korean Buddhism!
Facilitators were efficient and friendly, explaining to us the meaning behind our actions and the various places around and inside the temple. 108 bows numbed and enriched our minds. Thank you.
I enjoyed the templestay, getting to know the etiquette and monks’ day of life. The food was good and I would recommend it to my friends. I enjoyed making the 108 beads. Going for this templestay helped me understand the routine my grandmother does as a devoted Buddhist. Thank you for the templestay.
An interesting experience, a great opportunity to know more about Korea and the religion!
The activities are engaging and interesting. I had lots of fun.
108 bows! I can’t believe I did it. It’s a fresh experience.
Overall, I really enjoy it and the place was really clean and cozy. Great first time experience!
I learned a lot of Buddhism. It was also a very unique and beautiful experience, a way to relax by showing respect to others, looking others as part of a whole with the nature. One of the best experiences of my life! Thank you for welcoming me in such a great way in your beautiful temple.
I had a great time here. It is a great experience and I had great opportunities to learn and see about the Buddhism practice in Korea. Here I also learned manners and how to be self-forgiving and to forgive people. The 108 bows was the best program because it teaches people not just to think for ourselves but also the things that surrounded us. Hereby, I want to thank all the staffs and people who sacrifice their time to teach us things and give us great experiences. Thank you very much.
De Hong (BRAZIL)
It was a really great experience and I enjoyed a lot my stay at the temple. I have never seen something like this before. The best part of the templestay for me was the 108 bows. It was exhausting but totally worth it. I would recommend it to a friend. Best regards and thank you!
The life in Seoul sometimes is very stressful. Coming to a place like this allow us to find peace and tranquility. I also could understand more about the Korean tradition. I hope to do it more times.
The templestay was really interesting as it provided an opportunity to know the daily life of the monks and of the mountains. It also helped me understand better Korean tradition, culture and society. Having this kind of experience in a culture that is so different than from my country helps shaping personality and understanding others better.
The templestay was a lot of fun and I was able to learn a lot that I did not know when I got here. I think the templestay is a nice way to introduce others to Buddhism for those that don’t really know a lot about it. It is also a nice way for non-Koreans to experience Korean temples and how to practice Buddhism. It is also a good chance to reflect on life and learn how to better live a fulfilling life and how one can experience happiness and friendship. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to reflect and learn more.
It’s a really good experience to be here with friends and learn traditional Korean culture. We have to wake up at 4am, but since we had the best sleep condition, it was not hard for me. Nice to meet all the staffs and wish you all have good life after.
I had a very enjoyable stay here at Woljeongsa. This is really a great experience for me! I can feel the relaxing and calming of my mind during my stay here. I will recommend my friends to join templestay when they visit Korea. And I wish to learn more about the bows and the messages during the 108 bows. They are really beneficial and to make me cherish what I have now and be good in the future. Thank you so much too to the monks and staffs for teaching and helping us.
It’s a really wonderful experience here! 108 bows, drawing Minhwa on fans, fir tree forest walking, and meals without meat! Staffs are very responsible and monks are kind. I will never forget the pure atmosphere here. Hope to come back again! 저는 월정사를 아주 좋아해요. 안녕히 계세요!
- Nov.16 ~ Nov.17, 2013 Templestay review(2013-11-20)
* Hyung Yeon, 30s, China *
I feel this was a special experience.
I will try to slow down and be far away from busy life.
Tea time was very interesting.
* Michael, 20s, male, USA *
It was great!
I enjoyed temple food as a vegetarian, I'd like to eat everyday.
- Nov.09 ~ Nov.10, 2013 Templestay review(2013-11-12)
* Krystal, 20s, female, USA *
I felt very peaceful by the end of our time together.
I especially enjoyed the hiking
because I got to experience the nature and have time to think about my life.
*Jenny, 20s, female, Germany *
I loved the walk in the forest and meditation in the morning.
- Oct.26 ~ Oct.27, 2013 Templestay review(2013-10-28)
* Mary, 50s, female, Ireland *
This was a beautiful authentic temple stay experience.
It was lovely to share the space with the young high school students.
- the 243th Geumsunsa Templestay(2013-10-27)
“very comfortable, Warm rooms^_^ are great&clean. I am thankful for this experience. It led me to understanding that Everything is within us. ^^"
" I think, Templestay program is good option for other people to know about Peace. They can find way to permanent happiness."
" It is a good retreat program for city people like us, who always rush in life. This program will slow down the usual pace."
" Particularly I liked yoga part, lotus lantern making and the idea to control your movements in order not to make noise is my vivid memory. And thank you for letting us have such a fascinating experience, Excuse us for giving inconvenience or too much noise. Wish you prosperous future. "
" 마음이 평온하기 시작하다가 말았음. 그래서 아쉬움이 좀 남았지만 이것은 오히려 다시 절을 방문하게 하는 기회가 될 것임."
"잘 챙겨주셔서 진심으로 감사드립니다. 또 한국을 더 사랑하게 만들어 주셔서 감사를 드립니다. ^^“
“ I am very happy with the whole program. It was very satisfying. And everything was perfectly organized. God bless. "
- Oct.19 ~ Oct.20, 2013, Templestay review(2013-10-21)
A pharmacist from U.K. joined weekend program during his vacation.
- The impression of the 242th Geumsunsa templestay(2013-10-21)
“ Thank you for your time, patience, teachings and caring nature. This was an unforgettable experience and I will try to apply something. I learned to my normal life."
"Thank you very much for sharing the Buddhist culture in a relaxing/ peaceful way."
"Exceeded expectations. I feel at peace and ready to practice on my own and in my daily life. Thank you for your openness and sharing Temple life and practices with me. Two days I well never forget."
"I feel more relaxed, and have a better understanding of how to calm my body and awaken my mind to manage my stress. Also, I had a good look at myself and can see more what I want to change."
"아직 마음을 털어버리는 방법은 찾진 못했지만, 색다르고, 좋은 경험이었던 것 같습니다. 이런 시간을 더욱 가져보고 싶습니다. 마음의 것을 털어버리는 좋은 출발점이 된 것 같습니다.“
“ 많은 곳을 고민하다 선택한 금선사. 최고의 선택이였고 절을 나서면서 시작될 또다른 제 일상에 작은 변화가 생기게 해주어 감사합니다. ^_^”
" 서울 근교의 산 속에서 자연과 더불어 나의 마음을 돌아볼 수 있는 시간을 갖게 되어 좋았다."
"서울 내에 있지만 깊은 산속에 있는 느낌을 가지게 해주어 진정한 휴식이 되었습니다."
"I enjoyed every moment and feel as though, learned a lot to use in my daily life."
"It was a great first experience! I liked the meditation, yoga, and hike the best."