Won Kwang Sa

Zen Community and Temple

Upcoming Events

  • 2017. September 21. (Thursday) 17:00 to 2017. September 24. (Sunday) 13:00

    Attention: Applications for this retreat have reached the available maximum. All further applications will be put on a waiting list and will be updated as seats become available upon any cancellation. Thank you for your understanding.

    We are going to have a weekend meditation practice between 21 (Thursday 17:00) and 24 (Sunday 13:00) September, 2017 in Won Kwang Sa, led by Chong An Sunim.

  • 2017. October 19. (Thursday) 17:00 to 2017. October 22. (Sunday) 13:00

    We are going to have a weekend meditation practice between 19 (Thursday 17:00) and 22 (Sunday 13:00) October, 2017 in Won Kwang Sa, led by Dok Hae Sunim with consulting interviews.

    Only full-time application is available.

    You are welcome to come any day before the retreat and stay longer after the end.

    Before application, please read Temple Rules.

  • 2017. November 25. (Saturday) 17:00 to 2018. February 25. (Sunday) 13:00

    A three-month intensive zen retreat (kyolche) starts in Won Kwang Sa Zen Temple on 25 November, 2017 and lasts until 25 February, 2018, led by Chong An Sunim, abbot of Won Kwang Sa Temple.

    We kindly request all applicants to consider the intensity of the retreat (strict schedule, long sittings) and apply only if you have previously completed at least one 3-day-retreat at our temple.

An Open Letter to the Sangha

English

The Human Route

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed — that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from?
When you die, where do you go?
Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
But there is one thing which always remains clear.
It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

Then what is the one pure and clear thing?

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