Dharma Authentication Day & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony
Aug
20
11:00 am11:00

Dharma Authentication Day & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony

Join us for a special Dharma Authentication & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony at the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia.

Lunch & Refreshments will be served after the service.

Looking back to August 21st 1919, the utmost sincerity of the nine
disciples, who were unconcerned about life or death, produced the miracle
of the seal of blood from bare fingers. Founding Master Sotaesan remarked,
"Your minds have already moved the divine spirits of heaven and earth and
the proceedings of the hidden authorities have rendered a verdict.... Exert
yourselves only on your practice and your work with an unattached, single
mind"
 by conferring on them dharma names and honorific dharma titles.

Memorial Day Service
Dec
3
11:00 am11:00

Memorial Day Service

In remembrance of all those who have passed on, from great masters to your own family members. Let us come together in prayer and meditation.

Lunch will be served after the ceremony.

Candle Light Meditation
Dec
26
7:00 pm19:00

Candle Light Meditation

As the end of the year approaches, this special meditation service will help you let go of all that disturbs you and purify your mind for the new year.

With special musical performances.


Dae-Jae - Memorial & Remembrance Service
Jun
4
11:00 am11:00

Dae-Jae - Memorial & Remembrance Service

June 1st, 1943 is the day when Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism, passed away and we honor him by holding a remembrance service for not only him, but also the sages of the past as well as past mentors and caregivers who all developed our bodies, minds, and hearts.

At this service, we pay homage and remember through prayer those to whom we are indebted. The spirit of this ceremony is to respect our ancestors by expressing our gratitude for their support and care. By reflecting and praying for our loved ones to whom we are indebted, we bless ourselves by discovering the heart of gratitude within us. 

As well, we pray in remembrance of our family members, friends, and all beings who were connected with us. 

You are welcome to invite your family and friends to join in,  offer incense at the ceremony and share lunch. 

This ceremony will be held in Korean and English, with translations for each language. 

Fundraiser - Plant & Yard Sale
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Fundraiser - Plant & Yard Sale

Come along and enjoy our annual plant sale, pick up some great bargains while benefiting the temple and children's education fund in Africa. 

Annuals, Perennials and Starts suitable for planting in spring time.
Also enjoy our Yard Sale with art, crafts, books and more!

Sponsored by Primax Garden Center

Buddha's Birthday Celebration
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Buddha's Birthday Celebration

Why not bring your friends and family along to celebrate Buddha's Birthday? 

Learn about the significance of 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonim osin nal) meaning "the day when the Buddha came" and the symbolism of the lotus flower in Buddhism. Let us meditate together surrounded by beautiful handmade paper lotus lanterns and offer prayers of health, happiness, love and peace to our lives and the world.

Tea and snacks will be served in the foyer after the service.

Everyone is welcome!

Great Enlightenment Day
Apr
23
11:00 am11:00

Great Enlightenment Day

In the first light of dawn, on April 28, 1916, Sotaesan was enlightened to the Truth of the Universe. Please join us in celebrating all the buddhas and sages’ great enlightenment and their wise guidance for our spiritual journey. We also celebrate our innate true nature and all the potential to manifest our Buddha nature.

This service will be held in Korean and English with headphone translators. A delicious Korean lunch will be served after the service.

Dharma Art Service
Mar
25
10:15 am10:15

Dharma Art Service

I hope through this service we can explore the dharma through music, painting, literature...etc.

Present your artworks and music with the sangha and share their meaning and inspiration.

The expansion of the imagination is welcome as it is the aesthetic expression of the Dharma.  So, stretch your imagination and bring your inspiration to our Sangha!

Young People's Retreat
Mar
17
Mar 19

Young People's Retreat

This weekend retreat is designed for young people (18 - 35) to begin and deepen their meditation practice in a group of like-minded people. Sitting and moving meditation, dharma talks, group discussions, contemplative nature walks, and healthy vegetarian meals will allow you to cultivate inner wisdom, compassion and joy.

Meditation instruction will be provided in a detailed way, step by step.

Date: 

Begins: Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:00PM (Check-in from 3PM)
Ends: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1:00PM

Location:

Won Dharma Center (Hudson, NY) Click HERE for directions 

Cost: 
For 2 Nights & 6 Meals: Sliding Scale $ 70 - $ 250
*PLEASE pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. 
This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. 

Register: 

Online Registration

 Scholarship: 

 Scholarship is available for those who may not be able to afford registration or travel expenses. 
 Scholarship Application

Contact nyc@wonbuddhism.org or 212-750-2773

New Year Meditation Service
Jan
1
11:00 am11:00

New Year Meditation Service

Come and celebrate the New Year with meditation, prayer and a special New Year's dharma message sent from Master Kyungsan, the Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism. Followed by a delicious lunch of Korean rice cake soup 'Tteokguk'.

"The white tteok signifying purity and cleanliness would be eaten as a ritual to start off the New Year for good fortune."

This service will be held in both English and Korean with headphone translators available at the door.

What better way to begin the new year?
 

New Year's Message from Master Kyungsan

The Path To Being A Sage

다사다난했던 한 해가 저물고 새로운 한 해가 밝았습니다. 전 인류와 전 국민과 교도님들 모두에게 법신불 사은의 가호가 함께 하시길 축원합니다. 지난 한 해, 교단은 재가출가 교도님들의 일천 정성으로 개교 백주년 성업을 원만하게 마무리함으로써 희망차고 성스러운 한 해를 보냈습니다. 대환희로 맞이한 백주년은 결복기 대운을 열어갈 거룩한 성업이었습니다. 고맙고 감사합니다. 

An eventful year has passed and a new one has come. I pray that all humanity, the whole nation, and Won Buddhist members will be blessed by Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace. In the past year, the Order has had a hopeful and sacred year by completing the 100th Centennial Anniversary ceremony with the sincere help of lay members and ordained ministers. I am grateful that the 100th Anniversary was received with great joy and opened a period of great fortune.   

정유년 새해를 시작하면서 우리는 다 함께 성자되기를 서원해야 하겠습니다. 미몽 속에 살던 우리는 소태산 대종사의 일원교법(一圓教法)을 받들면서 성자가 되어야겠다는 결심을 하였습니다. 그 결심을 이루기 위해서는 무엇보다 마음에 공들이고, 일에 공들이고, 사람에 공들이는 데에 힘써야 합니다. 

As we begin a New Year, we should all vow to become sages together. As we live in the midst of delusion, we should make a resolution to become a sage by honoring the Il-Won teaching of Sotaesan, the Founding Master. To achieve this resolution, we should devote ourselves supreme effort to our minds, to each task, and to the people around us.  

첫째, 마음에 공을 들입시다.

First, let’s devote our effort to our own mind. 

행복과 불행, 성공과 실패, 전쟁과 평화, 이 모든 것은 마음을 어떻게 사용하느냐에 달려 있습니다. 과거, 현재, 미래의 성자들은 마음 사용법을 깨달아 자기 자신의 마음에 공들인 분들입니다. 보통 사람들은 가치 있게 공들여야 할 마음에는 관심이 별로 없고 밖으로 부와 명예 등에서 행복을 찾아 헤맵니다. 밖으로 시시비비만을 따지며 그에 따르는 고통을 남의 탓으로 돌리기에 영생을 윤회의 고통 속에서 삽니다. 그러므로 소태산 대종사의 제자인 우리는 한 마음을 돌려 낙원세상을 열어가는 마음 사용법을 훈련해야 하겠습니다.

Happiness and unhappiness, success and failure, war and peace----all depends on how we use our mind. The sages from the past, present and future are those who awakened to how to use the mind and apply it to their practice.  The average person has little interest in the mind and finds happiness in wealth and honor. While they quibble over right and wrong and blame others for their suffering, they remain trapped in the wheel of samsara. Therefore, as disciples of Sotaesan, the Founding Master of Won Buddhism, we should turn our mind inward first, and train ourselves in how to use our mind which will open the world of paradise.

선(禪)을 하고 기도를 올려 마음을 고요히 하고 마음을 허공처럼 텅 비워 무엇에도 걸림이 없는 마음사용법을 단련해야 합니다. 봄처럼 따뜻한 마음을 낼 수 있는지, 여름처럼 열정적인 마음을 만들 수 있는지, 또는 가을처럼 냉정한 마음을, 나아가 겨울처럼 모든 것을 감추는 마음을 가질 수 있는지 살펴서 끊임없이 그때 그곳에 알맞은 마음을 낼 수 있도록 훈련을 해야 합니다. 마음에 공들임을 쉬지 않는 것이 정진이며 영원한 행복의 길이며 부처되는 길입니다.

We should practice meditation and offer prayer to calm our mind and empty our minds like the vast sky as well as use our minds without any hindrance. We should check carefully about whether we can create a warm mind like spring, a passionate mind like summer, an imperturbable mind like autumn, and a compassionate mind that embraces everything like winter. Ceaselessly training ourselves to respond appropriately to each situation according to the time and place and continually exerting our efforts in mind practice are the paths to eternal happiness and the Way to becoming a buddha.

둘째, 그 일 그 일에 공을 들입시다.

Second, let’s devote our efforts in each particular matter.

우리의 삶은 일의 연속입니다. 따라서 그 일을 얼마나 잘 하느냐에 따라 복을 받기도 하고 그 능력을 평가받기도 합니다. 사실 부처는 어떤 일이든지 다 잘하는 일의 달인입니다. 부처의 일정일동은 모두가 중생을 건지고 낙원 세상을 만드는 일입니다. 세상에 일하지 않는 부처는 없으며 일을 잘 못하는 부처도 없습니다. 

Our lives are a continuation of different tasks. Therefore, depending on how well you do it, you are blessed or evaluated for that ability. In fact, Buddha is a master of each and every task and can carry out any work well whatever it may be. Buddha’s every action is to create a world of paradise by saving all sentient beings. All buddhas dedicate their lives to this path succeeding in all that they do. 

우리는 누구나 소소한 언행에서부터 시작하여 가정 문제, 직장 문제 등 수많은 일 가운데서 살아갑니다. 그러므로 그 일 그 일이 서로에게 복이 되고 인류에게 평화 안락한 세상이 되도록 공을 들일 줄 알아야 합니다. 모든 일에는 반드시 그 일의 주제가 있고, 절차를 거쳐서 어떤 결과를 만들어가는 과정도 있습니다. 또, 일과 일끼리는 서로 연결되어 복잡다단하게 얽혀 있는 경우가 많습니다. 따라서 그것을 어떻게 조화롭게 성공시킬 것인지를 잘 연구하여 목적하는 대로 공들여야만 만능을 갖춘 부처가 될 수 있습니다.

We all live in myriad affairs from petty words and actions in family matters and work problems. Therefore, we need to exert our efforts in each affair so that it can be a blessing to each other and be helpful in creating a peaceful world for humanity. There is a subject, a pillar in everything, and through a procedure there are processes to produce results. Every task needs a certain agenda and has procedures that produce results. In addition, there are cases in which our task connects to other tasks and so relate to each other in a complicated way. Therefore, only when we exert effort to inquire how we can make our goal successful can we become a buddha with a myriad of abilities. 

셋째, 만나는 사람마다 공을 들입시다.

Third, let’s devote our efforts to whomever we meet.

마음과 일에 공들이는 것은 /모든 사람을 부처로 변화시켜 영원한 행복자가 되게 하는데 /그 목적이 있습니다. 우리 주변에는 형제, 친척, 동료, 법동지들이 수없이 함께 살아가고 있습니다. 그 인연들이 나를 부처로 만들어주고, 일을 성공시켜주며, 나의 목적을 이루게 해주는 동지이며 협력자입니다. 그러므로 만나는 모든 인연의 근기와 능력을 파악하고 그 주변을 살펴서, 상생의 선연이 되도록 해야 합니다. 서로 간에 얽히고설킨 업력을 벗어나서 부처가 될 수 있도록 만나는 사람마다 쉼 없이 공들여야 하겠습니다.

The purpose of exerting effort with our minds and work is to transform all people into a buddha so they can experience eternal happiness. There are many brothers, relatives, peers, and dharma-friends living together around us. Those affinities are my colleagues and co-workers who help me become a buddha, succeed in my work, and fulfill my purpose. Therefore, it is necessary to comprehend the spiritual capacities and abilities of all affinities who we meet and care about their situations so that they become mutual life-giving affinities. We should exert ceaseless effort with whomever we meet to free them from the entangled karmic force with others so that they can become a buddha. 

또한 나의 인연들이 나를 어떠한 존재로 여기는가에 대해서 깊이 생각해야 봐야합니다. 그리고 그 인연들이 나로 인하여 안심을 얻고 진급이 되고 은혜를 입도록 공을 들여야 합니다. 모든 중생이 부처가 되도록 까지 공들이는 것이 낙원세계 건설의 본분이라는 것을 자각해야 합니다. 이 길이 바로 부처님이 되는 길입니다.

In addition, we should think deeply about how other people consider about me to be. We should also make sure that our affinities attain peace of mind, make progress, and are graced. We should awaken ourselves to our spiritual vow to make the world a paradise by exerting our effort to help sentient beings to be buddhas. This path is none other than the path to become a buddha.

지금 국가와 세계는 새로운 난관에 봉착해 있습니다. 이 난관을 역사발전의 커다란 경종으로 삼아서 슬기롭게 극복한다면 새로운 평화세상을 여는 전화위복의 계기가 될 것입니다. 그리하여 사회, 국가, 세계에 새로운 질서가 정립되고 안정을 얻어서 평화 안락한 참 낙원 세계가 열리기를 기원합니다. 

Now the country and the world are facing new challenges. If we take this challenge to be a significant warning for this new chapter in our history and overcome it wisely, it will open a new peaceful world. Thus, I pray for the establishment of a new order in our society, nation, and world and wish for a true paradise where everyone lives in tranquility and comfort. 

새해에는 우리 모두가 내 마음에 공을 들이고, 일마다 정성을 다하며, 내가 만나는 사람이 가장 큰 보배임을 알아서 모든 인류가 부처로 진급되길 기원합니다. 

In the New Year, I pray that all of us make an effort in our mind, exert all our dedication in each matter, and realize that each person I meet is a great treasure, so that all human beings can make progress to become a buddha. 

원기 102년 새해 아침

New Year’s Day, W.E. 102 

종 법 사

Prime Dharma Master

 

 

 

Candle Light Meditation
Dec
27
7:00 pm19:00

Candle Light Meditation

As the end of the year approaches, this special meditation service will help you let go of all that disturbs you and purify your mind for the new year.

One Day Retreat
Dec
17
9:30 am09:30

One Day Retreat

Join us for a special day-long retreat and renew your spiritual energy!

This retreat will be held in noble silence and feature the following activities:

  • Sitting meditation
  • Walking and moving meditation
  • Hand Mudra meditation
  • Mandala Art
  • Scripture Study
  • Dharma talk and conversation

A simple, delicious vegetarian Korean meal will be provided for lunch.

Reiki sessions will be available, in interested please let us know.

Suggested minimum donation $20 - if you can give more it would be greatly appreciated, if you can't manage $20 please contact us, we turn nobody away!

Please bring:

  • Comfortable, loose clothing and warm socks
  • A shawl or blanket
  • A water bottle
  • Any medications you require

Please leave cell phones at home on turned off.

Dharma Authentication Day & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony
Aug
21
11:00 am11:00

Dharma Authentication Day & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony

Join us for a special Dharma Authentication & Dharma Name Conferment Ceremony at the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia on August 21 Sunday 2016 at 11am.

Lunch & Refreshments will be served after the service.

Looking back to August 21st 1919, the utmost sincerity of the nine
disciples, who were unconcerned about life or death, produced the miracle
of the seal of blood from bare fingers. Founding Master Sotaesan remarked,
"Your minds have already moved the divine spirits of heaven and earth and
the proceedings of the hidden authorities have rendered a verdict.... Exert
yourselves only on your practice and your work with an unattached, single
mind"
by conferring on them dharma names and honorific dharma titles.

 

Dae-Jae - Memorial and Remembrance Service
Jun
5
11:00 am11:00

Dae-Jae - Memorial and Remembrance Service

June 1st, 1943 is the day when Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism, passed away and we honor him by holding a remembrance service for not only him, but also the sages of the past as well as past mentors and caregivers who all developed our bodies, minds, and hearts.

At this service, we pay homage and remember through prayer those to whom we are indebted. The spirit of this ceremony is to respect our ancestors by expressing our gratitude for their support and care. By reflecting and praying for our loved ones to whom we are indebted, we bless ourselves by discovering the heart of gratitude within us. 

As well, we pray in remembrance of our family members, friends, and all beings who were connected with us. 

You are welcome to invite your family and friends to join in,  offer incense at the ceremony and share lunch. 

This ceremony will be held in Korean and English, with translations for each language. 

Buddha's Birthday
May
14
7:00 pm19:00

Buddha's Birthday

Why not bring your friends and family along to celebrate Buddha's Birthday? 

Learn about the significance of 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonim osin nal) meaning "the day when the Buddha came" and the symbolism of the lotus flower in Buddhism. Let us meditate together surrounded by beautiful handmade paper lotus lanterns and offer prayers of health, happiness, love and peace to our lives and the world.

Tea and Dinner will be served in the foyer after the service.

Everyone welcome!

May
14
8:00 am08:00

2016 Plant Sale Fundraiser

Come along and enjoy our annual plant sale, pick up some great bargains while benefiting the temple and children's education fund in Africa. 

Annuals, Perennials and Starts suitable for planting in spring time.
Also enjoy our Yard Sale with art, crafts, books and more!

 

May
7
10:15 am10:15

Special Guest Dharma Service

 

 On Saturday May 7th at 10:15am, Brother John Martin will give a dharma talk relating to "Spirituality beyond Religions". We hope you will join us!

 

 Brother John Martin Sahajananda

 Brother John Martin Sahajananda

Brother John Martin Sahajananda, born in 1955, was one of the closest followers of Father Bede Griffith, who strongly influenced him. He made his theological studies at St.Peter's Seminary of Bangalore, where he discovered the writings of the founders of Shantivanam (Jules Monchanin and Henry Le Saux). This discovery has transformed his vision of Christ and Christianity. 

In 1984 he left his diocese and joined the community of Shantivanam to live as a Benedictine monk close to Father Bede Griffith. 

Shantivanam belongs to the Congregation of Camaldolese in the Order of St.Benedict. Sahajananda has obtained a Licentiate in Spirituality from the Gregorian University, Rome. Today he is a spiritual director in the ashram. 

He is very much interested in the Inter-religious dialogue, particularly between Hinduism and Christianity. He teaches "Indian-Christian Spirituality" to the visitors of the ashram. It is a form of spirituality, which shows the unifying elements among the religions and also the uniqueness of each spiritual tradition. But it also opens to a spirituality that goes beyond the religious boundaries. 

He is frequently invited to Europe to give lectures, retreats and seminars and to share his unique vision of Christianity for the third millennium. 

 

He has written many books and articles. 

"The Parabola of the Kingdom of God”

“A New Vision of Christianity” (2000)

"You are the light - Rediscovering the Eastern Jesus" (2003)

“From Becoming to Unfolding” (2004)

"A short comparative study between Shankara and Master Eckhart" (2005)

"Four O'clock Talks: discussions with John Martin Sahajananda" (2007)

"A New Song of Creation - A retelling of the creation story with the convergence of biblical and hindu cosmogonies)" 2010

“Truth has no Boundaries - Proclaiming the Goodnews of Peace” (2012)

“What is Truth? (2012)

“New Annunciation - Universal call to be Virgin Mothers” (2013)

“Mission without Conversion - Becoming Instruments of Peace” (2013)

"Fully Human Fully Divine - Integral Dynamic Monotheism” (2013)

“The Ganges and the Jordan Meet - Reincarnation and Resurrection” (2014