- Bongeunsa Temple
- History of Bongeunsa TempleBongeunsa is a 1,200 year old temple located in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. Built in 794 C.E. during the reign of King Wonseong by National Teacher, Ven. Yeonhoe, Bongeunsa became the head temple of the Seon sect during the Joseon Dynasty, when the government supported Confucianism, while oppressing Buddhism. Due to the efforts of Ven. Bowu, who devoted himself to the revival of Korean Buddhism, by official recognition Bongeunsa became a stepping stone for this development. In addition, through the national examinations for recruiting monks, it produced great masters such as Master Seosan and Samyeong, who revived the lineage of Seon (Zen) practice in Korea. In the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty, Ven. Younggi built the Pan-jeon to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures, as well as eighty-one engraved volumes of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Jeonghee Kim, at that time a great scholar and calligrapher, resided here and developed his own unique writing style, known as Chusache. More recently, when Bongeunsa was experiencing a period of decline, Ven. Youngam gradually gathered land and laid the foundation for a huge temple compound in present-day Gangnam. In the 1960s, the Dongguk Translation Institute was established at this temple to spearhead the translation of Buddhist scriptures from Chinese to Korean. This temple was also the birthplace of the Buddhist youth movement. Today, Bongeunsa is writing a new history for Korean Buddhism, establishing itself as the center of Buddhist practice. Monks apply themselves to chanting, monastic meals, communal work, and Seon meditation. The administration opened its financial records to the public, and allowed the laity to be part of management. The lay people are not only engaged in religious activities including prayer, meditation and Buddhist services, but also participate in volunteer work and other social work to help modern-day Buddhism reach out to the community. Moreover, more and more Buddhists are studying scriptures to stay on the right track as followers of the Buddha. With this drive from all parts of temple, Bongeunsa is moving ahead to become a haven of practice and compassion.
- Magoksa Temple
- MagoksaMagoksa Templestay is waiting for you. We live a different kind of life here. In the forest you are comforted. It offers kind shelter regardless of who and what you are. While you are staying with us, you can improve yourself ? become more compassionate and understanding, become a better person. This will lead you on the path to opening your heart and becoming truly emancipated. With these experiences your mind will become more peaceful. You have been competing to be number one for a long time. Suddenly you ask yourself, “Where am I going and what for?” And then the answer comes to you, “To the forest which is the right place where I can feel real life and figure out what awaits me.” How to relax? Go to Magoksa Temple forest. Then you will realize you are good enough and that you mange your life well. You will know how to be happy. When you go back to the secular world, you will have empowered yourself. Walking meditation in the forest is another way to reflect upon yourself and see your inner self. Templestay gives you chances not only to experience 1,700 years of Korean culture, spirit and history but to understand respect and create an eco-friendly life. Moreover you will know what temple life is when you join the monastics in their daily activities. Though your stay is short, it will be a valuable time and give you a precious memory. You will know how to be content with yourself and your life.
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