Dear all Dharma friends,
The fall has already gone and now it is time to make kimchi !
In May, we are having a Kimchi Workshop.
Korean kimchi is recognised as one of the five most healthy fermented foods in the world.
Also, eating kimchi has eight surprising health benefits, including assisting the strengthening of immunity, anti-cancer prevention, improving of vascular health, improving of brain health, and age prevention.
So, we would like to invite you to the Kimchi workshop where you will learn how to make kimchi, particularly cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi.
Lunch will be served with rice as the feature dish.
Date : Saturday 8th May 2021
Time : 9:30am – 1:00pm
Dear all Dharma friends,
106 years ago, in the first light of dawn, on April 28, 1916, Master Sotaesan was enlightened to the truth of the universe.
Hence, Won Buddhism was founded on that day, and we celebrate this day as our spiritual birthday.
We also recognise the enlightenment of all the Buddhas and sages throughout history, as well as honour our innate Buddhist nature.
We are delighted to invite you and your family and friends to this special occasion to celebrate Sotaesan’s great enlightenment.
The program will include meditation, chanting, Dharma talk, and Prime Master’s Dharma message.
We will have delicious Korean lunch.
We look forward to seeing you on this special day.
Date : Sunday 2nd May 2021
Time : 10:00 am
Dear all Dharma friends,
We are all constantly burdened with worries and stress in our busy lives due to an uncertain world and unpredictable future.
These worries and stress cause irregular and improper breathing that have a much detrimental and negative effect on our health.
Proper breathing in meditation will help you release the burden of worries and other troublesome and negative thoughts, find freedom, calmness, peace, and tranquility, feel cleansed and renewed, and balance and harmonise the equilibrium of the yin and yang energies in our bodies.
Therefore, we believe that meditation is one of the best ways to improve our health.
We invite you all to the four Meditation Beginners Special Classes at :
Place : Gosford Meditation Temple
20 Bundaleer Crescent, Bensville, 2251
RSVP : 10th March 2021
Cost : $50 (for 4 classes)
Contact : 4368 2393
New Year Celebration – 106 (2021)
Dear all Dharma friends
We hope that you are keeping safe and well during this difficult time due to the Corona virus situation.
Here are Sotaesan’s teachings for the New Year.
“For living in this world, gentleness is most precious.
Rigidity is the root of catastrophe.
In speaking, always hesitate like a stutterer.
For matters at hand, respond slowly like a dullard.
The more urgent the situation, the more leisurely consider it.
In peaceful times, don’t forget future perils.
If you live your life following these maxims, you will truly be a fine person.
One who conducts oneself according to these guidelines will always live in peace and bliss.”
Orchid in Temple’s garden
The program of the day will be :
We hope that you can join us.
Date : Friday, 1st January, 2021, Time : 10.00 am
Cost : Any donation would be appreciated
RSVP : by 29th December 2020
Congratulations to Won Hojin, Won Jiyeon, Won Beobu, Won Insu, and Won Seonho who received Dharma names on the Dharma Name Ceremony on 29th November 2020.
Here are some photos from the ceremony :
On 29th November 2020, we celebrate the Day of Self-Transformation. On this special day, we are happy for Chris, Alan, June, Lila and Ryan, who will be receiving Dharma Names. Please support their commitment and spiritual journey by joining us.
Historical Background of Self-transformation Day
In Wonki 4 (1919), Sotaesan’s first nine disciples meditated and prayed, each at a different mountain, for 100 days. Towards the end of this prayer series, Sotaesan asked whether they would be willing to let go of everything for the deliverance of all suffering beings. The disciples did not hesitate to say they would do everything in their power to fulfill this vow. To ratify their resolve, each disciple pressed his thumb on a sheet of white paper. Despite the fact that they used no ink, red thumb prints emerged. Sotaesan proclaimed this as proof of the disciples’ sincerity and faith. He endowed them with dharma names as a sign of spiritual transformation and rebirth. On this day of Self-transformation, we celebrate the founding spirit of Won Buddhism-dedicating ourselves fully and without hesitation to the dharma of “no-self” and the vow to serve all.
What is the significance of a dharma name ?
In Won Buddhism, receiving a dharma name signifies your rebirth as a sincere practitioner. Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism deeply contemplates and meditates to find the right name for you. Your dedication to deepen your practice, in both mind and action, grows until you embody the meaning of your dharma name. Through the naming ceremony, your promise and commitment to your practice is blessed by the community.
What happens after receiving a dharma name ?
Upon accepting your dharma name, you enter the path of six dharma stages. At the first stage you will receive the 10 precepts for beginners. You can meet one-on-one with Kyomunim to ask questions and receive supportive guidance for your spiritual development. All dharma name holders are members of Kyowhadan. During a monthly gathering and yearly retreat, this small group supports and shares challenges and benefits of dharma practice.
You can bring food you would like to share at Lunch with Korean food.
We hope that you can join us.
On 29th November 2020, at 10am we will held the Dharma Name ceremony at Bensbille Meditation centre.
Meaning of the Dharma Names
on the twenty-first of August, 4 W.E,, the utmost sincerity of the nine members, which was unconcerned about life or death, produced the miracle of the seal of blood from bare fingers. When he saw that their bare thumb prints on the paper had turned red as blood, the Founding Master remarked, ” your minds have already moved the divine spirits of heaven and earth and the proceedings of the hidden authorities have rendered a verdict.
Our success is derived from this. From now on, your bodies have been given over to the world of the ten directions and, therefore, whenever in the future you are carrying out your work, despite all hardships and mortal dangers, do not allow your conviction of today to change.
Nor will you feel any temptation when faced with attachments to family or sensory conditions involving the five desires, if only you remind yourselves of today’s event. Exert yourselves then only on your practice and your work with an unattached, single mind.
” Then the Founding Master conferred on them dharma names and honorific dharma cognomens and said, ” Your past names were secular names and individual, private appellations, The people who had been given those names have already died.
Now, I have called you back to life by bestowing on you these new public names for use throughout the world. Receive and keep your name in honor and deliver numerous sentient beings.”
The Founding Master said;
” The tasks of a master founding a new dharma, of his disciples receiving his
dharma and transmitting it to posterity, and of the congregation in later
generations willingly receiving that dharma and putting it into practice form a
trinity; their merits, too, are identical”.
The founding master said,
“Buddhas and bodhisattvas have a way for being free from hindrances and for remaining autonomous regardless of whether they are walking, standing, sitting, reclining, speaking, keeping silent, active or at rest.
Accordingly, they readily know when to be at rest and when to be active; when to be large and when to become small; when to be bright and when to be dark; and when to live and when to die.
In this way, no matter what they do or where they are, they do not deviate even slightly from the rules of the dharma.”
A photo of Bamboo tree