The Won Institute is the only higher education institution offering the study of Won Buddhism—a reformed style of Buddhism synthesizes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian teachings—outside of Korea, where the religion was founded a century ago. It has been the Institute’s mission and goal to promote the advancement of Won Buddhist practices. As the only only higher education institution offering the study of Won Buddhism outside of South Korea, our two-year Master of Won Buddhist Studies program is specifically designed to present Won Buddhism within a Western context, preparing students to practice and teach Won Buddhism in the United States. The flexibility of our classes allows students to focus on areas of specific interest to them, such as moving meditation, history of Buddhist philosophy, and the applications of meditation. Students who wish to become ordained ministers or lay leaders, as well as those simply interested in learning more about Won Buddhism, develop a deep understanding of Won Buddhist practice and build strong critical thinking, research, and academic writing skills through this program.

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 Program Details

The Master of Won Buddhist Studies Degree program is designed to be completed over the course of two years. During this time, the seminary role of the Master of Won Buddhist Studies Degree program is paired with an equally important academic component. The flexibility of classes, however, allows students to focus on their specific areas of interest, such as moving meditation, the history of Buddhist philosophy, and the applications of meditation.

Practicum Experience

From the start of the program, Won Buddhist Studies students develop their own contemplative practice. Through daily disciplines, including meditative stillness and active engagement in the world, students better understand the practical application of Won Buddhist principles. The Won Institute’s program culminates with a practicum experience, during which students apply this knowledge in a setting they design for themselves: a calm, welcoming environment for teaching dharma, yoga or meditation. This gives students exposure to leading meditation sessions and dharma talks for American practitioners.

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Experienced Won Buddhist Faculty, Exceptional Education

Our Master of Won Buddhist Studies Degree program is instructed by Won Buddhist ministers and faculty with Buddhist backgrounds who all share the commitment of creating an environment or teaching dharma or a practice such as yoga or meditation.

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