The astoundingly beautiful temple of Beopjusa is located on Mount Songni, one of Koreas most incredible sites. Peaceful, lush green landscapes of Songnisan National Park is made up of quietly profound mountains. It attract countless mountaineers and tourists for relaxation and healing amidst nature.
Literally the name means a temple where the Buddhas teaching resides Beopju (in the mountain which renounces the secular world) and Songni (the lofty mountain embraces everything in its bosom) The humble, but pristine and gorgeous temple welcomes everyone with its wide-open doors. Founded in 553 CE, the ancient space cherishes innumerable cultural treasures, which will give you access to the essence of both Buddhist and Korean traditional culture, bringing both local and foreign visitors together.
Beopjusa is especially well-known for its vast amount of cultural properties. The temples highlights include Geumdongmireukdaebul (gilded bronze Buddha statue 33 meters or over 100 feet high), Palsangjeon (five-story wooden pagoda), Daeungbojeon (considered one of Korea’s three major Buddhist halls), Ssangsajaseokdeung (twin-lion stone lamp), Lotus-Shaped Stone Fountain and Palsangjeon Hall.
Beopjusa Temple represents Mt. Songnisan, containing within it 1,500 years of history and a matching list of numerous National Treasures and Monuments. You can truly experience the Buddhist culture reflected in these artifacts.
The famous golden Buddha statue lifts over 100 feet or 33 meter into the heavens. It weighs over 160 tons, is coated with about 80 kgs of pure gold glittering in the sunlight and is considered the biggest in the world among its kind. It is truly a wonder.
In modern years, Beopjusa has taken a leading role in providing a systematically structured Temple Stay program to meet the needs of modern Buddhists in and out of Korean peninsula. Organized by a successful, retired ibanker turned welcoming zen host, the well-organized Temple Stay program is a great way to experience the traditional Korean Buddhism even for those who are new to the culture.
Regardless of one’s religion, Temple Stay is a program where one can stay in a traditional Buddhist temple to experience the spiritual culture and practice of Buddhism. It is open to everyone who wants to get away from their busy and complicated life, Buddhist or not, to be part of nature and turn inwards to introspect. The program includes early morning chant with the monks beneath the moonlight and stars, zen mediation, meditation in the mountains and tea ceremony with the monks and nuns. The doors of Beopjusa will always remain open for the seekers of the true happiness.
Enjoy the Scent of One Thousand and Five Hundred Years of History in the lush mountains.
Temple Stay Office for Reservation :
Location: Songnisan-myeon, Boeun-gun, Chungbuk, Korea
Hours of Operation: 09:00 -17:00 Korean time [Open all year round ]
Phone: +82-43-544-5656 (Korean, English)
Email: email@example.com (Korean, English)
Relaxing templestay - All year round Beopjusa is located on a beautiful mountain. The temple stay house of Beopjusa is located on the way to Moonjangdae Mountain, which is the highest of the surrounding mountains. This is great news for hikers and lovers of scenery. If you don't like climbing, you may walk the path alongside a stream and you will see the real beauty of the mountain by walking around this forest trail. You will have a unique opportunity to experience Korean Buddhism, its lifestyle, rituals and spirituality. You will also have free time to find your true self. The Special Program includes: - 108 Prostrations - Meditation - Tea-ceremony Time Schedule : 1st Day 14:00 Check-in Upon arrival Orientation to familiarize with basic temple rules 17:30 Dinner 18:30 Buddhist Ceremonial drumming and bell striking Buddhist Ceremonial Service called Ye-bool 2nd Day 03:00 Wake up 03:30 Buddhist Ceremonial Service Ye-bool 06:30 Breakfast 11:40 Lunch 12:00 Check-out It would be much appreciated if you keep the below guidelines. -Please attend both Buddhism ceremonies -Don't be late for the meal scheduled -Please keep silent -Please do not visit any of the monks' rooms at night or any other time -Clean your room on your last day -Please do not carry any luggage bags on wheels -Please do not wear sleeveless shirts, sandals or slippers -Wear socks during the Buddhist Ceremonial Services What to bring: -Running-shoes or hiking boots (no slippers) -Socks -A towel -Toothbrush -Personal water bottle -Warm cloths Long sleeves, a sweater, underwear pants, etc. -Jacket (for early morning and night) o We will provide a uniform (vest and pants) Participant Fee for one night two days : 70,000 won for each *** We don’t accept a credit card and you can remit the participant fee to our account or pay in cash upon arrival. Address: 405, beopjusa-ro, Sokrisan-myen Boeun-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do 405, 법주사로, 속리산면 보은군, 충청북도 Telephone: +82-43-544-5656 How to get to Beopjusa Temple Some terms to help: 1. Songnisan (속리산) - the name of the bus terminal to which you want to go 2. Mt. Songni (속리산) - the name of the mountain upon which the temple is located 3. Beopjusa Temple (법주사) - the name of the temple Bus Directions: For those departing from Seoul, please go to the nearest terminal out of Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon station, Seoul Metro Line #2), Express Bus Terminal (Line #3) or Nambu Bus Terminal (Line #3) by subway. Take a bus of which the final destination is Songnisan (속리산) Terminal. Even though they call the bus a direct route, there will be short stops at Cheongju(청주) or Boen (보은) for a rest room or having more passengers on way to Songnisan. Please don't get off until you reach the last destination of Songnisan (속리산). Seoul Gangnam Central Bus Terminal (Seoul Metro Line #3, Express Bus Terminal) Highly recommend to take a bus at this terminal due to Delux Buses and shorter duration -Departure Time: 7AM, 10:30AM, 2:30PM, 5:30PM -Fee: 16,500 WON -Duration: 3 Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Seoul Metro Line#2 Green Line) Departure Time: 7:30AM, 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 12:35PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM -Fee: 16,900 WON -Duration: 3½ hours Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal -Departure Time: 1:00PM, 4:20PM, 8:00PM -Fee: 16,900 WON -Duration: 3½ hours Cheongju Bus Terminal There are many buses from Cheongju to Songnisan beginning at 6:50AM -Duration: about 2 hours -Fee: 8,600 WON Please Note: If you take the Cheongju (청주) route, your bus will make a brief pit-stop at the Boeun (보은) Bus Terminal. The bus driver and passengers may all get off here. Do not get off! Otherwise you will have to purchase another ticket for the next bus coming through Boeun to Songnisan!
Feel the spirit of practice, as you ascend the mountain Deoksungsan…
If you mention the name Sudeoksa, something comes to the mind of most people, even those who don’t go to the temple. There is a popular folk song that has to do with Sudeoksa, and also there’s the famous “Sudeok Hotel”, which looks like it could almost be part of the temple. It was at this hotel that the painter Eungno Lee (1905-1992) drew a painting on a rock. Because of these kinds of memories, the name Sudeoksa has certain fond associations for many people. The exact date when Sudeoksa was established can’t be known, but in the academic world, it is assumed to have been founded during the reign of the Baekjae King Wideok (554-598 C.E.). From the Goryeo Dynasty through the Joseon Dynasty it was a large temple, but the important role that Sudeoksa has today in Korean Buddhism is really the legacy of two Great Monks, Ven. Gyeongheo (1849-1912) and Ven. Mangong (1871-1946). Ven. Gyeongheo was a great Seon (Jap: Zen) Master who helped revitalize the Seon school in the latter part of the Joseon Dynasty. While he was staying at Sudeoksa, Ven. Gyeongheo did a lot to enliven the spirit of Seon in Korea. Later his disciple, Ven. Mangong, continued his efforts and enlarged the temple, producing many great disciples himself. Because of this long, steady tradition of practice within the Sudeoksa family, in 1984 the temple was awarded the distinction of becoming a Chongnim Temple, officially called the Deoksung Chongnim. A Chongnim Temple includes a Seon (Jap: Zen) room, Sutra school and Precepts school, all functioning together as a unified place of practice. At the moment in the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, there are five Chongnim Temples: Haeinsa, Songgwangsa, Tongdosa, Baekyangsa, and Sudeoksa. There’s one more figure in Sudeoksa’s history who can’t be forgotten, Ven. Ilyeop (1876-1971). Before she ordained, Ven. Ilyeop was a famous writer among modern women of her day. Together with the female artist Hyeseok Na, she played an instrumental role in pioneering the feminist social action movement, during the gloomy period of the Japanese occupation of Korea. She ordained in 1933, and became a disciple of Ven. Mangong. There are many cultural properties at Sudeoksa, which confirms that it was indeed a great temple in both the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties. The Daeoongjeon (Main Buddha Hall) was built during the reign of Goryeo King Chungryeol (1308 C.E.), and is one of the few extant Goryeo Dynasty buildings in Korea, together with Buddha Halls from Bongjeongsa in Andong, and Buseoksa in Yeongju. Especially when seen from the side, the geometrical beauty of the Main Buddha Hall is famous.Sudeoksa’s Templestay ProgramSudeoksa’s Templestay Program is very popular with international visitors. The program features monastic formal meals, communal work period, tea and conversation with the monks, and a variety of other activities that give the participants some experience of temple life. In particular, there is a good chance to appreciate the area’s beautiful scenery if you take a walk up to the top of Deoksungsan (also called The Little Diamond Mountain of Chuncheongdo) to visit the temple Jeo
- International Seon CenterTemple
==== The International Seon Center ====
The International Seon Center is a Seon (Zen) meditation and Buddhist propagation training center as well as a learning facility for Buddhist cultural practices. The overall aim of the center is to promote awareness of the inherent value of Korean Buddhism and its practices to the global community. The center contains a templestay facility, a large prayer hall, and a culture and education center, and provides temple-stay programs, Seon lectures, traditional Buddhist temple cuisine cooking classes, tea ceremonies, and many other programs and activities which aim to provide a living experience of traditional Korean Buddhist culture. To cater for the needs of international visitors, Korean to English interpretation is provided throughout many of the centers activities. The center is continuously developing a residential temple stay and daily templestay program to offer direct experience of Korean Buddhist culture for both Koreans and international visitors. In order to further promote the practice of Seon meditation throughout the world, the center holds academic seminars, exchanges ideas with different religions, facilitates international study exchanges, and regularly holds forums on Buddhist studies.
Here at the International Seon Center, the staff is fully committed to spreading the teachings and practices of Buddhism. Connecting with Buddhist centers globally, the international seon center is building a diverse and interconnected network in order to communicate and exchange ideas throughout the world.
===Breath and Rest Templstay(Experienced-based)===
Every 1st/4th weekend
Participants: Open to all
The program you can experience
- Understanding of the Buddhism: learning temple etiquette, story of Buddhist picture(Sim-u-do), Korean Buddhism and culture
- Buddhist practice: Intensive Seon Meditation, Walking Meditation, Breathing Meditation, Happiness Meditation(Widen mind), Formal Temple meal(baru gongyang), Eating Meditation, Lying Meditation
- Psychological Therapy: Mandala Art Meditation, Mind Sketching
- Living in Harmony: Sharing Dharma and Mind
- Meaning of Life: Tea time with Sunim, The last Seven days of life
- Experience of Traditional Buddhist Culture: Traditional rubbed copy, Sutra copying practice, Making Lotus lantern
- Encouraging confidence and achievement: 108 prostration and making prayer beads, Seon yoga
===Focusing on Meditation===
Every 2nd weekend
Program more focused on Meditation for whole 2days period
Open to all who have interest in Meditation but do not know how to start the practice, need detail and right directions as beginners, or want to practice more deeply.
===Experiencing Temple food Templestay=== Every 3rd weekend
Temple food helps sunims or Buddhist priests, who do spiritual practice causing less momentum and have digestion problem, easy to focus on their practice and daily life.
The moderns, who do mental work with computer every day and less move, also have similar life-style like Buddhist priests so that temple food is considered suitable one for them.
Through understanding what temple food is and cooking program, [Temple food experience Templestay] of International Seoncenter can be a good chance to care your physical and spiritual condition and learn that “you and nature are the one”
Year-round operated except Mondays and Tuesdays
2days and 1night ~ 5 days and 4 nights
You can freely enjoy the rest and relax yourself near your place
Year-round operated except Mondays and Tuesdays
3~4 hours templestay program
experience Korean Buddhist culture and Traditional culture.
=== Wednesday Daily Meditation Templestay / Saturday Evening Dharma School ===
Participants: Open to all
Program Schedule: Every Wednesday / Saturday Evening
-19:00 ~ 19:30 : Sitting Meditation (30 mins)
-19:30 ~ 20:00 : Walking Meditation (30mins)
-20:00 ~ 20:30 : Sitting Meditation (30 mins)
-20:30 ~ 21:00 : Individual interview(Wed.Meditation)
/ Dharma Talk Q&A Session(Sat.Dharma School)
Location: International Seon Center: Temple Stay Dharma Hall, 4th Floor
Apart from Templestays, the Seon Center also offers Wednesday / Saturday evening meditation classes year-round with the purpose of helping individuals find peace within the hectic modern world. The program is conducted entirely in English and is open to beginners and advanced students alike.
For more details about templestays or the Saturday dharma school, please feel free to contact our international relations director: Eunyu Jung 02)2650-2242
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A Templestay program blessed by nature all four seasons of the year…
The temple Hwaeomsa is a holy place of enlightenment spread over an area of the mountain Jirisan, which is sacred to the local people. The temple was founded during the reign of Baekjae King Seong (544 C.E.) by an Indian monk named Ven. Yeongi. Through its 1500 year history, Hwaeomsa has not only kept Buddha’s teachings intact, but also Korean history, culture, and tradition. In accordance with this long history, the temple has many cultural assets, and can even be considered the “Treasure storehouse of Jirisan.” Most of the important temple buildings are in the area around the main courtyard, and while overall the temple is quite snug and intimate, it still has a majestic air about it. At the same time, other temple buildings situated on a higher elevation don’t block the view at all, and leave the whole area quite open. The Gakhwangjeon Hall is the largest of any surviving Buddha Hall in Korea, and according to legend, a poor old woman who was reborn a princess built the building as an offering. The stone lantern in front of the Gakhwangjeon is also the largest in Korea, and while being rather imposing it also has a subtle, refined quality about it. However, when people go to Hwaeomsa, there is one place they sometimes forget to visit, the “Hyodae” located on the hill behind the Gakhwangjeon. If you ascend the elegant stairs and follow the path up, you’ll come to this stone lantern and a pagoda adorned with four lions. The stone lantern looks like a monk, and the pagoda looks like his mother it seems as if the monk is making offerings to his mother. The pagoda was said to have been built in order to praise the filial piety of the temple’s founder, Ven. Yeongi.Hwaeomsa’s Templstay ProgramHwaeomsa is a place to give your chaotic mind a rest and discover your True Self amidst incredible natural surroundings. Here, the clear waters of the Seomjin River meet the beautiful scenery of Jirisan Mountain. Hwaeomsa runs a variety of seasonal programs based on the changes in nature. Some of the notable programs include a walk through the wheat fields in February, a visit to the Cornelian Cherry Festival and rafting along Seomjin River during cherry blossom season in March, preparing wild green tea leaves in April, a Seon training program in the summer and winter, a trip for families up Jirisan in June, Five Days Under the Moonlight during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Enjoying the Autumn from September to November, Christmas in the Mountain Temple, and a New Year’s program held at Nogodan peak on New Year’s Eve. The newly-introduced 3 Temples 3 Colors Program will bring you to three different temples where you can stay a night each. With facilities to accommodate 200 people at once, there are also programs that focus on g
- Bulguksa Temple and Seockgulam Cave Bulguksa Temple was established in 528 CE during the Shilla Period. In 751, Temple was reconstructed by one of the shilla prime minister. But he passed away before temple was finished. It took around 30 years to finish it. Temple is known for its remarkable architecture because it was built at the height of Buddhism the Shilla period. Buddhist doctrine and practice systems are part of the design and construction. Stone and wood architecture blend harmoniously to reveal the skillful of the Shilla craftsmen. There are 14 national treasures. Seokguram Cave was constructed the same shilla period. This is manmade cave hermitage. This cave could be considered the holist place in Korea, and the Buddha statue is the representative of the Korean Buddhism. UNESCO named Seokguram Cave and Bulguksa Temple World Heritage Sites in 1995.
A temple full of the traditions of filial piety and Buddhist practice…
The area around Yongjoosa Temple, the temple well known for its filial propriety, is steadily becoming urbanized. Because of reckless development of this area, the surrounding rice fields and forests are slowly disappearing and tall apartments and skyscrapers are being built. Due to those changes, Yongjoosa has been transformed into a temple symbolic of preserving the area’s nature and traditions. Yongjoosa was built in 1790 by the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty, King Jeongjo (1752-1800), in honor of his late father, Prince Sadosaeja (1735-1762). This place was the former site of the temple Galyangsa, built in 854 C.E. by the Shilla King Munseong. King Jeongjo had moved his murdered father’s tomb from its previous location in Yangjoo, Gyeonggi Province to Hwasan. He then built a temple to protect the royal tomb, and to pray for the repose of his father’s soul. The night before the opening ceremony, the King dreamed of a dragon grasping a Cintamani jewel (magic pearl) in its mouth, ascending to heaven, and so he named the temple Yongjoosa (Dragon Jewel Temple). Therefore, Yongjoosa is known as “The original temple of filial piety”, where Buddha nature and filial piety go hand in hand. Yongjoosa hasn’t changed much from the time of its foundation until now. When you pass through the Iljoomun (One Pillar Gate), the trees lining the road stretch upwards, forming a canopy that covers the sky. And the stone wall surrounding the temple blends in well with the outlying forest, producing a cozy atmosphere. Once you pass through the forest, you reach the Daeoongjeon (Main Buddha Hall), which is the central focal point of the temple, and is well placed in relation to the other buildings. In the Main Buddha Hall there is a Thangka (painting behind the Buddha) attributed to the artist Hongdo Kim (1706--?) The giant bell in the Yongjoosa bell tower is said to have been cast in the beginning of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392 C.E.) But more than anything, if you mention Yongjoosa, the tablet containing the “Sutra of Filial Piety to One’s Parents” comes to mind, which was created by King Jeongjo in 1796 to repay his parents’ kindness. At Yongjoosa there is a museum praising King Jeongjo’s filial piety, and the sutra tablet itself is on display, as well as other cultural treasures related to the king.Yongjoosa’s Templestay ProgramYongjoosa runs a variety of Templestay Programs that have been designed to help us turn our attention within and illuminate our True Self. In addition, another program lets participants examine the various cultural treasures housed in the temple and helps us rediscover the
In the southern foothills of the mountain Palgongsan, a phoenix roosting on her eggs…
You can sense a kind of pleasant familiarity as you enter the temple Donghwasa. The temple is located in the southern foothills of the famous mountain Palgongsan, which looks like a phoenix roosting on her eggs. The Foxglove (Paulownia) tree blooms in the middle of winter, and so the name of the temple reflects this auspicious symbol (Donghwasa means “Paulownia Flower Temple”). Donghwasa was founded during the reign of Shilla King Soji (493 C.E.) by Ven. Geukdal, and was originally called Yougasa Temple. Later during the reign of King Heungdeok (832 C.E.), a monk named Ven. Shimji enlarged the temple. He thought it was auspicious that the Paulownia Tree bloomed in mid-winter, so he changed the temple’s name to Donghwasa. Donghwasa has been expanded numerous times, so today it’s quite a large temple. The temple has many valuable cultural properties that are befitting its ancient history, but the most eye-catching by far is the gigantic Unification Medicine Buddha statue that was built in 1992 and is at least 17 m high. If you really want to have the sense that you’re going to a temple, instead of taking the newly built road, try passing through the Iljoomun (One Pillar Gate) and following the old road up to the temple. Along that road you can see the Buddha figure that was personally carved in a rock face by Ven. Shimji himself. In the evening light, the Buddha’s warm smile almost comes to life.Donghwasa’s Templestay ProgramDonghwasa Templestay runs two types of Templestay program called: A Green Light for My Body - Experiential Type & Relaxational Type. Experientail one is held on weekends, starting at 3pm on Sat. and ending at 13pm on Sun. Accoding to the schedule, you have an experience about Korean Buddhism Culture and traditional Culture including Seon Meditation. Relaxational one is open all year round, you just choose the days you want to stay(if you want to stay longer than 3days, please call 053-980-7978). You can stay freely in the templ area except keeping the meal time. There is also a one day Temple Life program, for several hours within a day, you can experience a temple tour, monastic formal meal, Dado(a tea ceremony) or meditation.
A temple where you can experience traditional culture in the middle of the city….
Jogyesa Temple, which is chief temple of the Jogye order that represents the Korean Buddhism, is located in the very heart of Korean capital, Seoul. The administrative headquarters of the Jogye Order is established on the temple grounds, also Insadong, Gyeongbok-gung Palace, Changdeok-gung Palace, and other famous sites are close by, comprising a cultural district that is enjoyable for most visitors.
The temple now known as Jogyesa was founded in 1910 on the site of the former Jungdong High School, and was originally called Gakhwangsa. During the period of Japanese occupation, when much of Korean traditional Buddhist heritage was destroyed, Gakhwangsa preserved the original spirit and history of Korean Buddhism. In 1937 Gakhwangsa was moved to its current location, and the next year the name was changed to Taegosa (Great Old Temple), since it had inherited the traditions of Korean Buddhism intact.
Taegosa was a temple originally founded in 1341 C.E. by Ven. Taego Bo-U, who helped to revive Korean Buddhism during a period of decline. The temple’s name was finally changed to Jogyesa during the 1954 purification movement, when the name of the Jogye Order was chosen. The temple’s history may seem short when compared to other temples, but due to this kind of symbolism, it’s become the representative temple of Korean Buddhism.
Jogyesa is a practicing place in the heart of the city, and also provides people with a quiet place to rest. The Daeoongjeong (Main Buddha Hall) was constructed in 1938 of pine wood from Baekdusan Mountain in North Korea, and it’s always filled with the sounds of chanting. In front of the Buddha Hall is an eight sided, ten story stone Pagoda that was constructed in 2009. This Pagoda houses some genuine relics of Shakyamuni Buddha, which were presented to Korea in 1913 by the Sri Lankan monk Ven. Dalmabara. Next to the Pagoda is a giant metal plaque with an inscription of the Heart Sutra carved into it. In the main temple courtyard there are two trees which are 500 years old, a White Pine and a Chinese Scholar tree. The White Pine tree is about 10 meters high, and gave the nearby area “Su-Song Dong” its name (Song means pine tree in Korean). The Chinese Scholar tree, which is 26 meters tall and four meters in circumference, silently stands watch over the temple grounds.
But more than anything else, what really can’t be missed at Jogeysa is sound of the giant Dharma Drum and temple bell, filling the air with sound every dusk and dawn. Normally in the downtown area of a great city it would be difficult to have this experience, but you can come here and hear this sound, which resonates from the heavens deep into your soul.
The Korean Buddhist Culture and History Hall, which opened its door in 2005, is also located on the temple grounds. This building not only contains the main offices and headquarters of the Jogye Order, but also a Buddhist museum, performance hall, international conference hall, and other facilities.
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.
- Guinsa Temple, located on Mt. Sobaeksan, is the main temple of Korean Buddhist Cheontae Order. The temple serves as a religious center for 2 millions of Cheontae Buddhists who follow the Grand Patriarch Sangwol-Wongak. In addition, among the peaks magnificently lined up around Gukmangbong peak within Sobaeksan Mountains, the temple area lies beneath Yeonhwaji peak (Lotus Flower Area).The lotus-leaf shape of the area has given it its current name Yeonhwaji. The mysterious charm of the mountains has led to its reputation as a holy place of Mahayana Buddhism. The Grand Patriarch Sangwol-Wongak established a temple in Yeonhwaji. The mysterious charm of the mountains in 1945 as part of his vow to revive Buddhism, to protect the nation, and to save all beings. Guinsa Temple began when he designated it, Guinsa(Salvation and Kindness Temple), a place to save all sentient beings. At this time, the Grand Patriarch built a tiny thatched hut with intertwined arrowroot vines. After a period of austere practice, he achieved a complete awakening. Having opened the door to the resplendent Dharma, his refined wisdom and integrity led him to accept numerous disciples. At present, Guinsa Temple, the head temple of Korean Buddhist Cheontae Order, had stretched itself as the biggest merciful and miraculous temple in Korea. It is also known to people as the miraculous and mystic praying retreat, and is even more famous because everyones wishes come true well here. ★How to make a reservation for a Temple Stay at Guinsa ★ Click the program you want first and on that calendar, click the dates you like. For any inquiry or reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please fill the following form to apply as below. Example) 1. Full name: Sophia Kang. 2. Date: 2015/04/18 ~ 2015/04/19. 3. Gender: Female. 4. Age: 29. 5. Nationality: United States of America. 6. Occupation: Teacher. 7. Religion: Buddhism. 8. Uniform size (S/M/L provided at the temple): Small. 9. Phone number: (000) 123- 4567. 10. Uniform size: S, M, L, XL, XXL : My uniform size is M
Eighty Four Thousand Dharma Teachings, flowers in the spring and fall foliage in the autumn, all attract people to…
The true appearance of the world can’t be seen through the delusions and dreams that cloud the mind. When these dreams and illusions come to a stop, then the true face of the world can be seen for the first time. In a similar way, nothing can be reflected in water that is agitated, but everything is reflected, just as it is, in water that is still. The ancients expressed this state of mind which has left all delusion behind as being like still water reflecting anything in front of it. This can be one origin of the name Haeinsa, which implies a seal or impression (In) on the sea water (Hae), as if the temple is pointing towards this original tranquil mind with its name. Haeinsa was founded during the reign of Shilla King Aejang (802 C.E.) by Ven. Suneung and Ven. Ijeong, who were carrying on the teaching of Ven. Uisang (625-702 C.E.) After that, when Ven. Heerang rejected Gyeonhweon and assisted Goyreo King Taejo, the king repaid him by designating Haeinsa the Goryeo National Temple. During the Joseon Dynasty, a great set of sutra tablets from the Goryeo Dynasty were enshrined at Haeinsa, which is why the temple is known as the “Dharma Treasure Temple.” Since the number of wood blocks in this collection of sutra tablets totals 81,258, the entire set is known as the “Eighty Thousand Tripitaka Sutra” collection in Korean, but is often called simply the “Tripitaka Koreana” in English. The creation of the Tripitaka dates to the Goryeo Dynasty reign of King Gojong (1237 C.E.), when the ruling government created the collection over a period of 11 years in order to repel the invasion of the Mongol hordes, using the power of Buddhism. The building in which the collection is stored is called the Panjeon, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, while the collection itself has been designated a World Cultural Record asset. After been repaired during the Joseon Dynasty reign of King Seongjong (1488 C.E.), it looks today as it once did in ancient times. The Panjeon Hall housing the tablets is famous itself for its natural design, which features different sized windows facing north and south to allow for air circulation, and an earthen floor made up of layers of ash, lime, salt and sand in order to control humidity. Haeinsa is also considered a “Chongnim Temple”, featuring a Seon (Jap: Zen) Room, Sutra School, and Precepts School, which are called together the “Haein Chongnim.” Haeinsa is also known for being the temple where the legendary Supreme Patriarch of the Jogye Order, Ven. Seongcheol (1912-1993) resided for many years, until he entered Nirvana.Haeinsa’s Templestay ProgramHaeinsa offers a standard two- day Templestay program, a two day freestyle program, and a five day/four night training program in the summer. The standard program is called Live Like the Wind and Water, then Leave Your Body! , and features monastic formal meals, Seon Meditation, and a variety of programs that allow for a deeper feeling for the teachings of Buddhism. Participants in Haeinsa’s program can have the unforgettable experiences of hearing the sound of the throbbing Dharma drum pierce the crisp, clear, early morning air, and visiting the mountain hermitages above the temple, where many great old monks, such as
Magoksa TemplestayHow is your mind ? The Buddha often compared himself to a doctor, using the metaphor of a makeshift raft for river crossing to describe his teaching. A hundred diseases have as many medicine and it would be most unwise to insisit only one medicine for the treatment of a wide assortment of ailments. During its 1,700 some years of history, Korean Buddhism has enriched itself by adapting to a multitude of different practices and sutras. However, it has always been faithful to the Mahayana goal of achieving Buddha nature for the benefit of all beings, and all its methodologies have been consistently directed to the cultivation of moral conduct, meditative concentration and wisdom. No matter what medicine or treatment the doctor prescribes, they all have the same goal of removing harmful toxins from the patient's system and protecting the healthy cells, designed to fully restore the health of the patient. The Budda was the happiest being in the world because he was enlightened to the true reality of existence in its entirety, completely free from all compulsions and delusions. He was no longer fuelled by desire, nor did he tremble with fear, neither was he choked with misery and he was never burdened with sleepless nights. Having transcended al agonies and aches, the Budda was serene, gentle, pure and generous being. He did not lament the by-gone past, nor was he troubled by the future yet to come. Human actions can be largely divided into three categories: actions committed by body, speech and mind. All actions give rise to consequences. Good actions result in desirable outcome, bad actions lead to evil conclusions. If we wish to protect ourselves from unbearable pain and suffering, we must discontinue right here and right now, and get into the habit of refraining from such activities. Act with discipline and moderation, speak gently and honestly and think calmly and carefully. In Buddhism, applying such principles to all our actions is called the practice of the precepts or sila.
Sunmudo translates literally into the way of doing meditative martial arts. It emphasizes the harmony of body and mind through the awareness of one's breath. It is a traditional Korean Buddhist martial art that traces its origins back over a thousand years.
Soft and meditative Qi Gong movements that cultivates an awareness of our own internal energies, while leading us towards a greater sensitivity of the external energies flowing all around us.
A nurturing yoga sequence that opens the body while relaxing the mind.
The profound stillness of sitting meditation.
It's all Sunmudo, and at Golgulsa, you can savor a little bit of all of it.
At Golgulsa, we combine Sunmudo with all of the special moments of temple life: the unforgettable tones of early morning chanting practicing walking meditation as the sun rises in the sky above you exalting after finishing the 108th bow the pleasantries of having a conversation with a Sunmudo master over tea and the healthy simplicity of temple cuisine.
Golgulsa’s Templestay Program
Golgulsa is located amid the natural beauty of Hamwol Mountain, which is situated just outside of historic Gyeongju City.
We offer Templestay 365 days a year. Participants can stay for an afternoon, a night, or for many nights. It is also possible to stay for a month or more.
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A Templestay program you’ll never forget…
The temple Geumsansa is quietly perched in the western foothills of Moaksan. Like the mountain Gyeryongsan, Moaksan, the so-called “Mother Mountain”, is the cradle of many different indigenous religions. The mountain’s shape looks like a mother cradling her baby, just as Moaksan embraces Geumsansa. During the Baekjae reign of King Beop (599 C.E.), the temple was built to pray for the king’s prosperity and good fortune. Later during the reign of Shilla King Hyegong (766 C.E.), the Precepts Master Ven. Jinpyo (718-752 C.E.) enlarged the temple and established it as the Head Temple for the worship of Maitreya. Maitreya is the future Buddha, who will appear countless eons from now, but to his faithful followers he is a compassionate Buddha who is always with them. Wherever you step in Geumsansa there are valuable relics and cultural assets. But among them all, without a doubt the most eye-catching is the three storey Mireukjeon (Maitreya Hall), the only one in Korea. If you look at the structure from the outside, it seems like a three storey building, but when seen from the interior, it’s completely open all the way to the high ceiling. Inside this enormous hall, there’s a triad of statues, Maitreya in the middle, with a height of 11.82 m, and two Bodhisattvas on either side with a height of 8.79 m each.Geumsansa’s Templestay ProgramGeumsansa runs a Templestay program that is extremely popular and participants often come back to stay and run the volunteer team. Administrative staff and volunteers number almost 20 people at times. The program enables people to speak with the monks and ask them anything they may have been wondering about Buddhism, or for advice on how to solve some of the problems in their life. There are three kinds of standard programs run at Geumsansa. The basic program is called “Templestay: Whispering Together…” and features Seon Meditation, 108 prostrations, tea and conversation with monks, and walking meditation. A one week program, with more of a focus on actual practice, is called Seon: Understanding Myself. It is a freestyle program that gives participants a chance to examine themselves by doing practice according to their own schedules. Finally, once a year there is a special program in which former Templestay participants get together again, called Me
Practice together with the foreign monks and nuns at….
Hwagyesa Temple is located deep in the foothills of Samgaksan Mountain, even while being close to the city center. It was founded in 1522 C.E. during the reign of Joseon King Jungjong, in the Buheodong region of Samgaksan, as the hermitage Bodeokam. Bodeokam was a hermitage founded during the beginning of the Goryeo Dynasty in the vicinity of the present Hwagyesa. Hwagyesa received a lot of support from the Joseon Dynasty royal family, particularly during the reign of King Gojong, when the Queen Mother and her retainers would frequent the temple, so it became known as the “Palace temple.” In addition, in 1933 a group of nine Korean literature scholars stayed at the temple for a conference to finalize the unified orthography of the Korean Hangul alphabet. But more than anything else, the name Hwagyesa is widely known due to the efforts of the Korean monk Ven. Seungsahn (1927-2004). The Ven. Seungsahn started living and practicing at Hwagyesa in the mid 1960’s. During his frequent world travels, he taught more than 50,000 disciples around the globe. There are more than 100 international monks and nuns who ordained under Ven. Seungsahn at Hwagyesa. During his lifetime Ven. Seungsahn came to be revered as a living Buddha, due to his incredible efforts and influence spreading the Dharma abroad. After he entered Nirvana in 2004, the mourners at his funeral and subsequent public cremation were predominantly international monks and nuns.Hwagyesa’s Templestay ProgramHwagyesa still has many international monks living and practicing there. If you participate in the Hwagyesa Templestay program, you can join in practice together with the International Zen Center monks for meditation, mountain hiking and drinking tea. Also, during the Gyeoljae period (three month meditation retreats every summer and winter), you can join the monastic formal meal together with the monks and nuns. There are also Dharma Talks in English every Sunday in the International Zen Center. Hwagyesa does not have the feel of being in a city, even though it is still technically located in Seoul. Once you pass through the Iljoomun (One Pillar Gate), another world unfolds before you. Whereas outside of the Iljoomun all the houses are tightly packed together, inside the temple gate, the forest lined road stretches into the distance. The sound of the water resonating from the valley below is yet another gift that welcomes the visitor. People often drop by the stream for a short time just to soak their feet. The practice of 3000 bows, held on the last Saturday evening of every month, is also very wel
- Hongbeopsa Temple is located in the suburbs of Busan surrounded by Mt. Cheolma and Mt. Keumjeong creating the shape of lotus flowers with the Suyeong River running in front. It has absolutely astonishing and ecological garden-like views which vary seasonally. Hongbeopsa is known as one of the best tourist attractions in Busan, thanks to the colossal Amitabha Buddha Statue the biggest sitting Buddha statue in Korea. It can be seen by nearby residents and travelers driving by or passing on the KTX train. It sits atop the roof of the main Dharma Hall building and is 21 meters or 7 stories tall. It is made of bronze and represents the aspiration of the Buddha Dharma spreading far and wide. Below the Amitabha Buddha is the Hall of Supreme Equanimity, where relics of the Buddha are housed. These were given to the Temple by the world-renowned spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Hongbeopsa is one of only a few shrines in Korea which have Buddha's relics. The Main Buddha Hall(The Hall of Great Peace and Light) is very unique for its circular shape, which represents the Dharma of the Buddha, the complete unobstructed interpenetration of things that there is no discrimination between Buddha and sentient beings. Hongbeopsa combines traditional Korean monastic architecture and painting inside and modern, sophisticated architecture outside, thereby balancing tradition and modernity. The aspiration of numerous lay Buddhists made it possible to have the Three Thousand Buddha Hall which houses 3,000 gold-plated Buddha statues on the fourth floor of the main building. Other attractions not to miss are the bronze Avalokitesvara(Bodhisattva of Compassion) Shrine, Meditation Buddha Shrine, Solitary Awakened Sage's Shrine, 100 year-long Memorial Tablets for Ancestors, Outside Buddhist Altar for Buddhist Ceremony, Outside Dharma Hall on the lawn, and the Carp Pond with the statue of an Eccentric Laughing Buddha with a huge burlap sack on his back. Finally, Hongbeopsa is the only monastery home to a statue of Gandhi given by the Indian Government in commemoration of 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Korea and India and to show gratitude to Ven. Shimsan, abbot of Hongbeopsa, who lent the building for the Indian Culture Center.
- A Temple that Aided the Founding of Two Dynasties Yongmunsa Temple was established in 913 by Ven. Daegyeong. There is another story that Crown Prince Maui, the last prince of the Unified Silla Dynasty, established the temple. Originally from Nampo in the Baekje region, Ven. Daegyeong was ordained at Muryangsa Temple and learned Seon meditation from Ven. Muyeom Hwasang. Later he went to Tang China and received the Dharma from Ven. Ungeo Doeung. Upon his return to Korea, he lived in seclusion on Mt. Sobaeksan. One day, King Taejo, founder of the Goryeo Dynasty, visited Ven. Daegyeong and listened to his Dharma talk. He was so impressed that he invited the monk to Borisa Temple in Yangpyeong, probably today’s Yongmunsa (which is also in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi-do Province). No records from the Goryeo era exist about Yongmunsa Temple, but references to it began to appear in records from the founding of the Joseon Dynasty. In an inconspicuous place on the eastern slope of a mountain east of the temple, stand the stupa and stele of National Preceptor Ven. Jeongji Guksa. Originally from Jaeryeong in Hwaghae-do Province, the preceptor went to Yenching, China, together with his Dharma brother, Ven. Muhak Daesa, and visited venerables Zhikong and Naong at Fayuansi (法源寺) Temple. Later he studied under Ven. Naongand and died in 1338. After his cremation, countless relics (sarira) of great brilliance were collected. King Taejo bestowed on him the posthumous title Jeongji Guksa, and had Gwon Geun, an esteemed writer of the time, write an epitaph to be inscribed on his stele. In 1447, Prince Suyang reconstructed the Main Buddha Hall (Daeung-bojeon), under the royal decree of King Sejong, for his mother, Queen Consort Soheon. Prince Suyang supported the renovation of Yongmunsa Temple even after being crowned King Sejo. The temple underwent many reconstructions after this. Around 1907, when King Sunjong of the Korean Empire was enthroned, Japan’s forced disbanding of the Korean army provoked action by a Korean militia. As Yongmunsa Temple was used as the militia’s headquarters, the Japanese army burnt it down.
The oldest temple in this historical region …
Jeondeungsa Temple is located on Ganghwa Island, which has been a historically significant place from the time of ancient Joseon (i.e. the birth of the Korean people), until the present day. So naturally, the atmosphere is quite different than other places as you make your way up to the temple. After you get out of your car and start to make your way up the mountain, you’ll notice that it’s totally encircled by a fortress. This is the Samnang Fortress, which was designed to help protect the land from foreign invaders. You should pass through the fortress gate to enter the temple, as these days the entrance to the temple is actually what was once the old fortress gate.
It’s been said that Jeondeungsa was founded in the Goguryeo Period, during the reign of King Sosurim (381 C.E.) by the Ven. Ado, who called it Jinjongsa Temple. If it’s true, then Jeondeungsa can be considered to be the temple having the oldest history in all of Korea. During the Goryeo Dynasty, Jinjongsa fought against the invasion of the Mongol hordes, and helped bring about the revival of Buddhism. The Goryeo Royal Family set up their temporary court on Ganghwado Island after fleeing from the city of Gaeseong, and constructed a temporary palace within the temple grounds, which was a great boon for Jinjongsa. When the royals returned to the capital city of Gaegyeong, during the reign of King Chungryeol (1282), the name of the temple was changed to Jeondeungsa after the Queen made offerings of sutras and a jade lantern to the temple.
During this period of the Joseon Dynasty, when Confucianism was worshipped and Buddhism largely suppressed, Jeondeungsa didn’t lose its position as a significant temple. In the reign of King Sukjong (1678), the temple was charged with protecting the ancestral records of the Joseon Dynasty royal family, so from 1719 until 1910 Jeondeungsa’s senior monk always held the highest position of any monk in the Joseon Dynasty. Jeondeungsa currently has a Daeoongbojeon (Main Buddha Hall), Yaksajeon (Medicine Buddha Hall), and giant temple bell, among other cultural treasures. One interesting story is that on one of the eaves of the Main Buddha Hall there is the figure of a naked woman, presumably carved by the broken-hearted carpenter whom she had scorned.
Jeondeungsa’s Templestay Program
Templestay offers a unique opportunity to gain peace of mind and new cultural experiences by participating in the daily life of Buddhist monastics at a traditional Buddhist temple set in beautiful nature. Participants can choose either to follow the daily routine of monks by joining Buddhist services, communal work, formal monastic meals, meditation and dialogue with the monk, or just relax and choose whatever activities one fancies in order to have a restful time.
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Private Room - Weol Song Yo
- Ae-eo / I-haeng(1~2persons can stay)
- Dong-sa / Bang-pyeon (3~4persons can stay)
* -Adult: KRW 80,000 Student: KRW 60,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 50,000 Student: KRW 40,000)
Private Room - Gang Seol Dang
- Beop-hwa No.3~4 (1~2persons can stay)
- Kum-gang No.1~3 (1~2persons can stay)
- Kum-gang No.4 (3~4persons can stay)
* -Adult: KRW 70,000 Student: KRW 50,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 40,000 Student: KRW 30,000)
Large Room - Weol Song Yo (Dae-bang)-1~14 persons can stay
* -Adult:KRW 50,000 Student:KRW 40,000
(each additional night : Adult: KRW 30,000 Student: 20,000)
1. Additional participants stay in Weol Song Yo,
* Adult :KRW 80,000 * Student: KRW 60,000
Additional participants stay in Kang Seol Dang,
* Adult :KRW 70,000 * Student: KRW 50,000
Additional participants stay in Weol Song Yo(large room)
* Adult :KRW 50,000 * Student: KRW 40,000
◆ Paticipation Fee is exactly equal to both recuperation templestay and experiential templestay.
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◆ Information : Jeondeungsa Templestay office : +82-32-937-0152(English, Japanese available)
- Geumsunsa is located in Seoul. With 600 years of history as a traditional Korean Buddhist Temple and the Great King Jeungjo’s place to pray for the birth of a prince, Geumsunsa is famous for its beautiful surrounding nature in the Mt. Bukhansan(Mt. Samgaksan in the old days)National Park, and it is a branch of Bum-eo sa Temple, the 14th parish of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It specializes as a concentrated SEON(Zen) meditation temple. Geumsunsa is located in Gukidong, Jongnogu, in front of Mt.Inwangsan, near the Blue House and Gyeongbokgung Palace, and only thirty minutes away from Gwanghwamoon Square. A mountain stream flows from Beebong Peak and Hyangrobong Peak in the Mt.Bukhansan National Park, passes under Hongyaekyo(Bridge of Nirvana) at the temple, and gives you the feel of the natural beauty of our temple, yet it is still located in the center of Seoul. With palms together ***************************************************************************** < Relaxation Templestay > For Weekdays ******************** """""""" The Relaxation Program"""""""" of Geumsunsa is run through 365 days a year (only experiential program in weekends). This Program has no fixed schedule except three meal times a day. It can be said that our relaxation program provides space and time for the authentic Relaxation for you, in the nature of Bukhansan Mountain National park. Period, schedule(but meal time is fixed:), everything is up to you. ****************************************************** < Experiential Templestay > For Weekend ************* Geumsunsa has the regular templestay program on weekends, This is the Experiential Templestay, and you can enjoy various activities about Korean Buddhist culture and traditions. It starts from Saturday afternoon and ends Sunday afternoon. You can see the details of the program and the time table below. **The experiential templestay is for over 17 ( Korean age). Below 17, please book the relaxational templestay during weekdays. ** thank you very much P.S. if you need more information about the programs, please click """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""reservation"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""". Thank you
Feel the unlimited freedom on the fir tree lined forest!
The temple Woljeongsa is located on the mountain Odaesan, and is a mere two hours from Seoul. High above the temple is the legendary Jeongmyeolbogung, the “Jeweled Palace of Stillness and Extinction”, which holds some Sarira (true relics) of the historical Buddha. One route that visitors love to take when they hike on the mountain is the path through the temple’s Fir Tree forest. Especially if you hike the nine kilometer unpaved path from Woljeongsa up to the temple Sangwonsa, you can really get a feeling for the area’s natural surroundings.
Woljeongsa was founded during the reign of Shilla Queen Seondeok (643 C.E.) by the Precepts Master Ven. Jajang (590-658 C.E.) While practicing Buddhism in Tang Dynasty China, the Ven. Jajang had an encounter with Manjushri, and received transmission of some Sarira of the historical Buddha. As soon as the monk finished his training in China and returned to the Shilla Kingdom, he came to Odaesan, where Manjushri was said to reside. He then proceeded to build a hermitage to house the relics, and continued his practice. Later during the reign of Joseon King Cheoljong (1856 C.E.) the temple was greatly enlarged. However, during the Korean War, due to its strategic importance, the temple was completely destroyed, and then later rebuilt.
Woljeongsa’s best known cultural property is the octagonal, nine storey stone pagoda directly in front of the Jeokgwangjeon (Hall of Stillness and Light). It was said to have been erected by the Ven. Jajang, but the pagoda’s style suggests that it was actually from the Goryeo Dynasty. Directly in front of the pagoda is the figure of a seated, stone Bodhisattva, with two hands outstretched together, making offerings to the Buddha. This is the so-called Bodhisattva Heegyeon, who appears in the Lotus Sutra as someone who burned his own body in pursuit of Enlightenment.
Towards the end of the Goryeo Dynasty, while he was practicing at the hermitage Bukdaeam, the Ven. Naong (1320-1376) used to offer Biji (bead-curd residue) to the Woljeongsa Buddha every single day. However, one day some snow which had built up on a pine branch fell down and struck the offering for the Buddha. So the monk scolded the pine tree for failing to recognize the Buddha’s kindness, whereupon the mountain god drove pine trees away from Odaesan and made Fir Trees the lords of
Stay in a temple where you can look down over Seoul city….
Myogaksa Temple is located in downtown Seoul, in the Sungindong area of the Jongnogu district. The temple is situated in the foothills of Naksan Mountain, so you can see the entire urban area of Seoul at once, and feel both the busy city below and the leisurely temple environment. Myogaksa was founded in May, 1930 by Ven. Taeheo. It has been said that, according to the rules of geomancy, constructing a temple in this spot would put the city of Seoul at ease. The temple area is not very large, but the Daebulbojeon (Main Buddha Hall) and other smaller Dharma Halls are all situated very harmoniously together. The figure of Gwanseumbosal, carved into the natural stone of Naksan Mountain, looks ready to reach out and grasp the hands of those who pass by the stone ledge.
Myogaksa’s Templestay ProgramMyogaksa runs two kinds of Templestay programs: an overnight program and a daylong temple cultural program called Laying Down My Mind. The best feature of Myogaksa’s Templestay program is being able to get a taste of traditional temple life, even while still in the city. At this neighborhood temple, leave the chaotic world behind and experience Yebul (chanting services), Seon Meditation, Communal Work Period, 108 prostrations and the power of noble silence. In particular, there is the unforgettable experience of looking down over Seoul at dusk while ringing the great temple bell. In the early morning, try taking a walk in the nearby Naksan Park. It is a great way to reflect on yourself and turn your attention within. According to your age, personal preferences, and how much time you would like to spend here, we have a variety of programs available for everyone, including video presentations, making lotus lanterns, and taking a walk through the Cheonggye-cheon stream par
A temple which will purify your mind…
The original temple of the Seon sect
Busan is the only city in Korea that wasn’t affected by the massive destruction of the Korean War. The temple Beomeosa is located on the mountain Geumjeongsan in Busan, and during the war the passion for sincere practice didn’t wane at this temple. Among High Monks these days in Korea, there are many who have a strong karmic affinity with Beomeosa. Today Busan has become a city favored by the Buddhist laity, which may be a result of the merit which this area’s central temple, Beomeosa, has accumulated. Beomeosa was founded during the reign of Shilla King Munmu (678 C.E.) by Ven. Uisang (625-702 C.E.). There’s a story that a golden fish came down from heaven and enjoyed living in a well, which may be the source of both Geumjeongsan’s name (Gold Well Mountain) and Beomeosa’s name (Sutra Fish Temple). From the time of its foundation, many temple buildings were constructed at Beomeosa, standing like stars in the sky. However, like other temples, Beomeosa was repeatedly destroyed and then rebuilt. These days Beomeosa is considered one of three great temples in the Yeongnam area (the southeastern region of Korea). Together with Haeinsa, the temple has been revitalizing a sense of well-being, just like in the era of its foundation. Since Beomeosa is built on a mountain slope, the temple buildings are arranged on three elevations of the mountain, low, middle and high. As the result of this kind of geometric placement of the buildings, the temple has a certain coziness about it. The first thing that you’ll notice as you step into Beomeosa is the substantial Iljoomoon (One Pillar Gate). The gate is built upon four gigantic foundation stones, and with a majestic roof crowning the top, from any perspective it looks just like a practicing monk, standing with unmoving mind regardless of what appears. Once you set foot in the Daeoongjeon (Main Buddha Hall), you can really sense the devotion of many people over the years. It’s certainly true of the people you see ardently chanting and praying in the Buddha Hall, and it’s also true of the meticulously depicted wall paintings that cover every corner of the building’s interior. If you haven’t sat in the Buddha Hall and carefully examined the incredible details of the interior, you can’t really say you’ve been to Beomeosa. Visit Beomeosa Webpage for more information and sign up for your Templestay.
Beomeosa’s Templestay ProgramIn accordance with the temple’s status as the main Seon temple in the region, Beomeosa’s Templestay program has practice as its central focus. The standard program features chanting services, 108 prostrations, Dado (tea ceremony), and has a strong emphasis on Seon Meditation. There is also a freestyle Templestay program that consists of Seon Meditation and tea and conversation with the monks. This enables participants to sit meditation or rest as they like. Aside from these programs, there are hiking, making rice cake, and other special Temple pr
A beautiful temple in the village at land’s end…
Mihwangsa is an elegant temple located at the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula, in the so-called “Land’s End Village.” You can see at one time both the beautiful mountain Dalmasan and the cool, refreshing West Sea.
Mihwangsa was founded during the reign of Shilla King Gyeongdeok (749 C.E.), and the story of its foundation is quite interesting. One day a stone boat appeared in the sea in front of the village. People tried to approach the boat, but it would recede, and then when they pulled back and stood there, it came closer. When Ven. Uijo heard this news, he started chanting and praying, and the boat reached land safely. Inside the boat was a box made of gold and a black rock. The monk found a Buddha statue and sutras inside of the golden box, and when he broke open the rock, a black cow leapt out. That night, the monk saw a golden man in his dream, who told him that the boat had come from India, and that he should build a temple wherever the cow stopped.
The next day, the Buddha statue and sutras were loaded on the back of the cow, which started to climb up the foothills of Dalmasan. About halfway up, the cow loudly mooed, fell down and didn’t get up again. So the monk built a temple in that place and called it Mihwangsa. The name of the temple was taken from the cow’s beautiful (Mi) “Moo” sound, and from the golden man’s enchanting color (Hwang).
Mihwangsa is a temple as beautiful as its name. The rocky ridge of Dalmasan surrounds Mihwangsa, as if the landscape is from a panel on a folding screen. Also the glow of the setting sun, as seen at dusk from the temple, has been a wondrous sight for many people, since long ago. If you continue to walk towards the Budojeon (field of relic pagodas), you’ll find a good chance to look inside at yourself.Mihwangsa’s Templestay ProgramMihwangsa’s Templestay program is always open, 365 days a year, and offers a variety of special activities. For example, in the freestyle program called Sound of Silence, participants can enjoy tea and conversation with the monks, mountain hiking and, at any time, they are free to take a rest in nature. However, another program, called The Spirit of a True Person, is more systematically designed with practice as its central focus. The eight day schedule of this program gives the participant some experience of Seon Meditation. There is a Chinese character program that enables kids to make good use of their school holidays by learning about Chinese characters and the culture of a mountain temple. Also offered is a program called the Hwaeom Hwesang, which is designed for groups. Other programs, such as The Glow of the Evening Sun, Walking the Path of Dreams, display Mihwangsa’s beauty and feature the camellia flowers of winter and the azaleas in the spring. Every year in October, on the fourth Saturday of the month, a gigantic painting of the Buddha?only shown in public once a year?is displayed during a festival. This highly attended event also features a musical concert. Mihwangsa has prepared separate room facilities for people who are not used to commun
- Yakchunsa Temple stands against the backdrop of Halla Mountain, to the east of Jungmun, where the Pacific Ocean lies in open view. The springwater of Yakchunsa has been known since ancient times to quench thirst and cure illnesses, and water is treasured by the locals. Venerable Hyein founded Yakchunsa in his plans for a great temple that would make Buddhism more prominent. Work on the compound was began in 1981, while construction on the Main Buddha Hall began in 1988. The Buddha Hall, the Five Hundred Arahat Hall, the Beomjongru, the Beopgoru, and the Yosache halls were built over eight years, and were completed on September 15, 1996.
- Lotus lantern International Medition CenterTemple
A place for people from all over the world to practice…
The Lotus Lantern International Meditation Center, located on Ganghwado Island, is supported by low mountain foothills in the rear, while out in front the temple embraces neat, tidy rice fields. The center was founded in 1997 by Ven. Wonmyeong (1950-2003), a Korean monk who spent years teaching Buddhism abroad, on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Lotus Lantern International Buddhist Center. These days the center functions not just as a practicing place for Korean people, but also for international visitors. The center is close to Seoul and has several resident international monks, so many visitors from around the world have joined the Templestay Program here. The center offers a standard two day program, also a freestyle program where you can stay as long as you want to take a rest, and a longer five day program entitled “Yeomhwa Miso Hyanggi” (When Buddha picked up a flower on Vulture’s Peak, no one understood, only Mahakasyapa smiled. What is the fragrance of that smile?)
Lotus Lantern’s Templestay ProgramThe center offers a standard two day program, a freestyle program where you can stay as long as you want to take a rest, and a longer five day program entitled Yeomhwa Miso Hyanggi (When is the Fragrance of Mahakasyapa’s Smile?). The two day Templestay program includes lectures on Buddhism and Hwadu meditation. It also includes tea with the monks and copying the Buddhist sutras by hand. The freestyle program does not have a set schedule. Participants are free to read books, take walks, do practice, or engage in communal work periods, according to their personal situations. Finally, the Yeomhwa Miso Hyanggi program includes the regular practice schedule, as well as offering cultural activities in the region, such as touring the temple Jeondeungsa, visiting historical sites, or climbing the mountai
Naesosa’s Templestay ProgramAside from the standard, freestyle and Seon Meditation Templestay programs, Naesosa offers something a little different. The Templestay trekking program combines hiking and practice so as to commune with beauty of nature in such a way that is suitable for inner contemplation.
- A thousand year old temple that will revive both your mind and body…
A place where the spirit of practice is even brighter than the crimson Camellia Flowers…
When the Camellia Flowers are blooming at Seonunsa, the place is packed with people. Since the flowers usually come out at the end of a long winter, when there is still snow on the ground, they are called “Winter Tree Flowers.” However, the exact time when the flower blooms differs from shrub to shrub and from region to region. While the Camellias at Seonunsa do indeed bloom in the winter, they don’t reach their peak until around the middle of April. So some people joke that the flowers shouldn’t be called Dongbaek (Winter Flowers) but Chunbaek (Spring Flowers).
Seonunsa was built during the reign of Baekjae King Wideok (577 C.E.) by Ven. Geomdan. The monk reformed a thief who lived in the valley and taught him how to earn his livelihood by roasting salt. In order to repay the monk’s kindness, the thief sent some roasted salt to the temple. The temple really prospered towards the end of the Joseon Dynasty, with 189 temple buildings and 89 different hermitages.
These days Seonunsa has 13 temple buildings remaining, including the central Daeoongbojeon (Main Buddha Hall). The temple buildings stand in a long line, with the Camellia shrub forest as their background. One of the most notable buildings is the Manseru, which was made of left-over lumber after the other buildings were built. The tree trunks were just left as they were, not trimmed at all, and used to make the columns and crossbeams of the building. If you make it to Seonunsa, you should also make the extra effort to visit the hermitage Dosolam on Dosolsan, the scenery is really well worth it.
Seonunsa’s Templestay ProgramSeonunsa runs regular two, three and four day templestay programs, featuring monastic formal meals, Dado (tea ceremony), and making Lotus Lanterns. Most programs are run on the weekends, but people who wish to take advantage of the freestyle templestay program can come during the week. Participants in the freestyle program are only required to attend community meals and evening chanting services. They can also have tea and talk with the monks i
Taking a look at myself…
The region of Gimcheon, where the temple Jikjisa is located, is halfway between Seoul and Busan. The Seoul-Busan train line and the Seoul-Busan Expressway also pass by the area. If you enjoy train travel, then definitely visit Gimcheon as soon as possible, since there’s a frequent local bus waiting for you in front of Gimcheon Station that will take you right to Jikjisa. Jikjisa’s history spans more than 1600 years. It was founded during the reign of Shilla King Nulji (418 C.E.) by Ven. Ado, and during the Joseon Dynasty the temple’s influence was so great that it even owned part of downtown Gimcheon. The name “Jikji”, which means “Pointing directly”, comes from an expression in the Seon (Jap: Zen) School, “Pointing directly to Original Mind.” It also refers to the fact that Ven. Ado pointed out that this spot was a good location to build a temple. And finally, it can mean that during the Goryeo Dynasty, temples weren’t built using rulers, but instead measurements were taken by hand (“Ji” also means “finger”.) At the entrance to Jikjisa is a small park that people use as resting place, which goes to show how luxuriant the forest surrounding the temple is. Not only that, but within the temple grounds there are various flowers and trees that bloom at different times of the year and make the place really magnificent. And of course, people want to stay as long as they can in the ancient temple buildings. There’s a story that if you see the Baby Buddha first when you go into the Vairocana Buddha Hall that you’ll give birth to a son, in other words good things will happen to you.Jikjisa’s Templestay ProgramThere are two kinds of programs in Jikjisa Templestay. One is 'Looking straight into my heart', experiential Templestay through which you can experience Korean traditional culture and Buddhist monks' lifestyle. The program is proceeded with various schedules for example, buddhist chanting ceremonies, doing meditation and hiking to the small temple with the monk and making 108 prayer beeds including three meals. Another program is 'Tranquil Templestay for relax', resting-style Templestay. This program has no fixed schedule except three meal times and chanting times a day. You can have a rest and recharge yourself. Search for inner peace and harmony with beautiful natural scenery and temple's unique atmosphere. Sometimes, there are also group Templestay programs suitable for businesses or institutions. More detailed information can be found.
- A Wise and Fragrant Millenium Jinkwansa Temple Jinkwansa, located on the western part of Mt. Samgaksan in Bukhansan National Park, was founded in 1011 C.E. during the reign og King Hyeonjong in the Goryeo Dynasty. During the Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties it became the main temple for the observation of the Suryukjae, which was a national consolation ceremony for the wandering spirits on land and water. The ritual also served as the communicative gathering between the dead and the living ? people believed that it would benefit the safety and property of the country. The ceremony has been designated as an intangible cultural property and is held in the fall every year. There used to be a library and secret research center within the temple compound that were used to create the Korean alphabet, Hangeul. As its one thousand year history suggests, Jinkwansa has preserved many cultural properties which are not only religious but also historical. In 2009, when the Chilseong-gak was being dismantled for restoration, 17 historic items were found which had been hidden in the building. Those items include the Korean flag which was supposed to have been used during the March First Independence Movement in 1919, the Dongnip Sinmun(the first Korean and English language newspaper called The Independent), and other related documents. These will be valuable resources for the study of the Korean Independence Mouvement’s history. Other than history and natural beauty, another property Jinkwansa takes pride in is the natural and wholesome temple food, the methods of preparation of which have been well-preserved in this ancient nunnery. Jinkwansa, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Bukhansan National Park, tries to connect with the modern world and to be a sanctuary for those who seek tranquility and peace of mind, spreading the loving kindness od the Buddha.