Dharma Name Ceremony on 29th November 2020

Dear Friends,

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 Name

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.”


Three Merits


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”.


Buddha’s Grace

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


A life of Gratitude

The master said,

“those who live only a life of gratitude

will always receive assistance from the fourfold grace;

Those who live only a life of resentment

will always be harmed , even by worms and insects.”


A photo of Lotus flower

Great Enlightenment Celebration Day on 26th April 2020

Great Enlightenment Celebration Day

26th April 2020

Dear all friends

We are delighted to invite you to this Celebration Day.

104 years ago, early in the morning, on April 28, 1916, Master Sotaesan was enlightened to the Truth of the Universe. The history of Won Buddhism began on this day and we celebrate this day as our spiritual birthday.

Master Sotaesan said, “A practitioner of the way seeks to know the mind in order to achieve freedom of mind, to understand the principle of birth and death in order to transcend birth and death, and to understand the principle of transgression and blessings in order to control them as one pleases.”

The program includes chanting, meditation, dharma talk (Luke Mulders), receiving of dharma name (Ryan), and music (Woodie).

Lunch will be served with Korean food.

Everybody is welcome. We hope that you can join us.

Pomegranate growing in our garden

Date : 26th April 2020 (Sunday)

Time : 10:00 am

Place : Gosford Meditation Temple

20 Bundaleer Crescent, Bensville, 2251

RSVP : 23rd April 2020.  Donations are welcome.

Contact : 4368 2393         info@wonbuddhism.org.au       www.wonbuddhism.org.au

CANCELLATION: Bushfire Fundraising Food Bazaar and Meditation Workshop on 29th March 2020

Hi all
In the best interest of public health in relation to the Coronavirus, as a cautionary and preventative measure, we decided to cancel the Bushfire Fundraising Food Bazaar and Meditation Workshop on the 29th March 2020.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Please take care and stay healthy.

Palms together,

Rev. Inmyung & Rev. Heajin


Mobile: 0411 337 500

Phone: (02) 4368 2393

20 Bundaleer Crescent, Bensville, NSW, 2251



Bushfire Fundraising Food Bazaar and Meditation Workshop in March 2020

Bushfire Fundraising Food Bazaar

and Meditation Workshop in March 2020

Dear all Dharma friends

Recently, as you have seen in the news, the rural community was devastated by bushfires, with property, livestock, and wildlife being destroyed, and sadly there were some fatalities of residents and firefighters.

We will be having a Bushfire Fundraising Food Bazaar and Meditation Workshop in March.

All proceeds will be donated to help those affected communities.

There will be various Korean food to buy and eat, such as kimchi, pancake, japchae, hotteok, bulgoki, kimbap, and sidedishes.

Also, there will be items on sale, such as Buddhist beads, and meditation clothes.

Volunteers are welcome to help in the preparation of the bazaar.

All are invited. We hope to see you then


Date : 29th March 2020 (Sunday)                     

Time : 9:00 am – 3.00 pm

(9:00 am – 10:00 am : Meditation Workshop)

(10:00 am – 3:00 pm : Food Bazaar)

Place : Gosford Meditation Temple

20 Bundaleer Crescent, Bensville, 2251

RSVP : 22nd March 2020

Contact : 4368 2393