Koreans have been practicing with Buddhism for more than 1,700 years. The Bongeunsa Templestay is a program in which you can experience Buddhist tradition through the monastic daily life and purify your mind and body. You can put your busy mind down and take a deep breath to look inside of yourself in Bongeunsa and then you can meet your true nature.
Two programs are available - one day program and overnight program in the millennial Bongeunsa temple of the city. For contemporary people who are too busy to reflect themselves, this programs willingly offer chances of introspection into your existence, relationships with others and also the right direction for your life. You will have precious time to get the wisdom through this program. The sound of Dharma Bell gives peaceful mind to the busy citizens who want to get out of the delusions.
|Day1||14:00||arrival / orientation||Meditation center|
|14:30||learning Temple manners||Meditation center|
|15:00||temple tour||Temple Grounds|
|15:50||tea ceremony||Temple Grounds|
|16:20||Experience Program||Temple Grounds|
|16:50||monastic meal (Balwoogongyang)||Bowoodang|
|18:00||evening ceremony||Main Buddha Hall|
|19:00||Cham-Seon /108 prostrations||Meditation center|
|20:30||Salt Mandala||Meditation center|
|21:00||going to bed||Meditation center|
|Day2||03:30||wake up||Meditation center|
|04:30||morning ceremony||Main Buddha Hall|
|05:00||Cham-Seon/Walking Meditation||Meditation center|
|06:00||Practice Program||Meditation center|
|06:30||monastic meal (Balwoogongyang)||Bowoodang|
|07:30||meditation in the woods||Temple Grounds|
|09:00||tea talking with a monk / departure||Meditation center|
|schedule||Two days and one night on every 4th Saturday to Sunday(2;00pm.~9:30am.).|
|participants||Koreans and international visitors over 18 years of age|
|Fee||KR\70,000 per person|
|reservation||By phone or e-mail ( a week prior reservation is suggested)|
|language||Led in English|
|preparation||Toiletries(with towels), extra clothes, socks, sneakers, personal medicine, etc.|
|schedule||Two days and one night. available everyday|
|participants||minimum 7 up to 30 persons|
|Fee||KR\70,000 over 18 years of age/ KR\50000 Elementary,Middle & High School Students|
|reservation||By phone or e-mail (a week prior reservation is suggested)|
|language||Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese are available|
|preparation||Toiletries (with towels), extra clothes, socks, sneakers, personal medicine, etc.|
※ This schedule is subject to change without notice according to the temple’s situation
A day of the temple begins with Yebool. Yebool is a ceremony that we pay respect to the Sakyamuni Buddha, Bodhisattvas and all his diciples. It affords a chance for self-reflection of practice. In the Buddhist chanting, it contains that Buddhists take refuge in the Buddha, Buddha’s teachings and Shangha (the community of Buddhist monks and nuns), and wish to be a buddha through practice constantly. While you are listening to Buddhist chanting, you will feel calm and purified mind
Temple tour is not only visiting the Buddhist temple but experiencing Korean Buddhism and culture. Korean Buddhist temples have been the bedrock on which brilliant Korean culture has been blooming over the past 1700 years since Buddhism was first introduced to Korea. Various Buddhist cultural properties including the structure, architecture, sculpture, art, craft, Buddhist painting and Dancheong (temple paintwork) contain the teachings of the Buddha.
Seon meditation is to cut off all thoughts. Through Cham-Seon, you can learn mindfulness and concentration. Cham-Seon is the important method of Korean Buddhist practice. We hope you look for your true nature with concentration and observation through learning the basic of Cham-Seon at the head temple of Seon sect, Bongeunsa.
Balwoo are bowls containing a moderate amount of rice and vegetables. Balwoogongyang is a traditional way of eating a meal for Buddhist monks and nuns. It is not only the manner of eating but one of the processes of practice. Therefore it is also called Beop-gongyang. Balwoogongyang involves the spirit of Equality, Cleanliness, and Thrift because everybody shares the same food equally, cooked in a clean environment and there is no waste. Balwoogongyang has symbolic meaning representative of Buddhism from Sakyamuni Buddha period to present. You can learn the wisdom of nonpossession.
It is one of the meditations to practice of mindfulness and concentration through brewing and drinking tea. Tea and meditation are the same that is why it is said Da-Seon-il-mil. When you drink tea, your five senses work at the same time. Your eyes see the color, ears hear the sound of water, nose smells the fragrance, the tongue tastes the flavor of the tea and your hands feel the warmth of the cup.
Ulyeok means working together. It is also called Unyeok which means gathering individual power like cloud. In secular world, labor means a part of our life but especially in Seon sect., Ulyeok has another meaning, that is one of the important practice in the Buddhist temple. There is a famous story about Ven. Baekjang, who was a Buddhist monk in Tang Dynasty, China. Despite his age 90, he did Ulyeok everyday. One day, his disciple worried his teacher’s health. So he hid his teacher’s plow. And then Ven. Baekjang didn’t have a meal that day. His disciple asked him the reason why he did not eat whole day. Then, Ven. Baekjang said, “A day without work, a day without food” This story refers that practice does not separate from our daily life.
The practice of Buddhism is by lowering myself. Bowing is to take refuge in The Three Jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sanga), respect for others, and keep a humble mind in Buddhism. 108 defilements represent the worldly sufferings. One bow purifies one defilement
Sagyeong is one of the Buddhist practices to copy sutras word by word by hand. When copying the sutra, we have respectful mind to the Buddha and write a certain amount of Sutra letters on time steadily. After finishing copying the sutra with concentration, you will learn the truth of Buddha’s teachings.
Mandala is a method of the practices in traditional Tibetan Buddhism. It is a work to fill up with colorful salt inside the circle after drawing your own shapes. Recently, Mandala is used for the one way of mind therapy, known to inspire well-balance and self-confidence as well overcoming difficulties by drawing it. Participants can obtain concentration, relaxing of the tension, and consciousness of community and purification effect of mind through this work.
This is a program to experience of various (Korean) traditional culture linked with historical characteristics of Buddhist temple.You can learn many traditional culture such as Lotus Flower Lantern Making, Ingyeong ( Wood Block Printing from the Tripitaka Koreana ), Making Temple food and so on by yourself.