Welcome To Life At Won Institute of Graduate Studies

Fostering a community of interconnectedness and spirtual cultivation

Our Response to Racial Injustice

Dear Won Community,

America is in crisis now. We are in deep pain. Amidst this COVID pandemic which has disproportionately affected African-Americans, we have this racial inequality and injustice further brought to light by the brutal death of George Floyd.

I would like to reflect on the teaching of Ven. Sot’aesan, the Founder of Won Buddhism who passed away 87 years ago, on June 1, 1943 during the darkest time in Korean history when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. The Korean people had nothing but despair during that time. However, Sot’aesan dreamed of creating a more inclusive and mutually respectful society free from disparity and discrimination. He envisioned a highly developed human civilization founded on spiritual cultivation and morality.

Yes, many of us are troubled, and are in great pain physically, financially, and psychologically. Through our inner practice as individuals and as a community, may we all focus on our interconnectedness and oneness in coping and in acting with wisdom through these hardships.

As a conclusion, I would like to share the reflection of Brother Phap Hai from the Plum Village Lineage.
“I have been following my breathing today, and recognizing what a privilege it is to breathe. And those three words spoken by George Floyd have been present for me- I can’t breathe. . . . Because if some of us cannot breathe, then none of us truly can. . . . We need to have the courage to do our work-as individuals, as families, as sanghas and as a society. Until all of us are safe, none of us are.”

Thank you,
Bokin Kim

COVID-19 Updates

On orders of Governor Wolf, the Won Institute school building is closed until further notice. Administrators, faculty and staff are still reachable by email and working remotely. For immediate acupuncture clinic treatment options please click here to find an acupuncturist nearest you. Admissions Counselors continue to be available via email Monday-Friday at [email protected] To support you during this challenging time, join us daily for virtual live evening chanting and enjoy our meditation and tai chi videos here.

To the Won Institute Community,

We hope this finds you healthy and safe.

The Won Institute of Graduate Studies will welcome students back for classes on August 24th using a hybrid format of both online and face-to-face instruction.

Didactic classes will be offered in a wholly online format. Clinical classes for all cohorts will be offered on a face-to-face basis, following the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidance for clinical education programs: Such instruction shall employ physical distancing measures, universal masking, and applicable DOH and CDC guidelines. During the yellow phase, class size is limited to 25 or fewer students for in-person instruction.

For so long as Montgomery County and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties (Bucks and Philadelphia) remain in the green or yellow zones for contagion, the Institute shall offer in-person clinical instruction. In the event that these counties return to the red zone, all clinical instruction will be migrated to online and telehealth formats.

Likewise, so long as Montgomery County and the surrounding Pennsylvania counties remain in the green or yellow zones, the Institute’s clinics will be open to patients.

Due to the fluid nature of this virus, we reserve the right to make a final decision relating to the protocols above, no later than August 14th. This decision will be contingent upon Montgomery and the surrounding counties remaining in the green or yellow zones for at least two weeks prior to that time.

All students and faculty will be given the choice to opt out of in-person clinical instruction. Likewise, staff will be given the opportunity to continue to work remotely, as their duties allow.

At this time the normal student course schedule will be followed and the Fall term will conclude on December 14th. The schedule is available on the Google Calendar and in Populi. However, the Institute reserves the right to determine if closure immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday is warranted, with options for students to make up needle practicum hours.

Symptomatic faculty, students, and staff must quarantine for 14 days. In the event that a symptomatic faculty member, student, or staff member tests positive for Covid-19 they must report their results to the Lead Receptionist, Miranda Casiano: [email protected]

Anyone entering the building will be required to sign an informed consent waiver. Anyone entering the building must have their temperature checked and will be asked a series of health/pandemic-related questions.

Thank you for your attention to this announcement and for your ongoing cooperation in helping us all adapt to the current situation.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. Bokin Kim,
President

Gerry O’Sullivan, Ph.D.,
Academic Dean

Dear Won Institute community,

I hope this finds you well and safe during these most unusual times. Governor Thomas Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education have directed educational institutions to close all physical facilities until June 30th. The Won Institute will comply. The building is closed until further notice. This saddens us, as I’m sure it saddens all of you. But we must act to protect the health and well being of everyone concerned.

All AOM didactic classes through spring and summer have been brought wholly online while clinical coursework will be completed, in part, with telemedical support. We are waiting for additional guidance from our accreditors and from NCCAOM before finalizing our plans for AOM-related clinical education but please know that we will keep you updated on a regular basis.

In the areas of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we are working directly with ACAOM, NCCAOM and CCAOM to ensure that there will be no interruption to your studies. Please watch for additional details from your Chairs and Directors.

We are in the process of applying to the Middle States Commission on HIgher Education for approval to offer our Won Buddhist Studies M.A. program entirely online in the fall and then after the lifting of the quarantine. By securing ongoing Middle States approval for a second online program (in addition to our D.Ac.), the Institute will be able to offer any of its current or future degree programs in both wholly online or hybrid formats. This will give the Institute the flexibility we need to deliver our distinctive degree programs in any delivery modality we choose.

Our Institute Librarian assures us that students, faculty and staff will have access to the digital resources you will need to prepare for courses and conduct research. Please visit the Institute Library’s web page at: https://bit.ly/2xnEQ9Z. There you will find a link to Populi’s Library Portal.

Regretfully, we have decided to delay this year’s August Commencement Exercises. This was a painful decision for us and I am sure that it will bring our third year students and their families much sadness. However, Dr. Kim and members of faculty and staff are preparing to share congratulatory video messages with the graduating members of the third year class.  All students who are in good standing and scheduled to graduate this coming August will receive their final transcripts and diplomas through the mail.

Graduates of the 2020 Class are invited to join your peers for a combined 2020 and 2021 Commencement (August 5, 2021 and location TBD).

Thank you for your attention to these announcements. We will keep you updated as time goes by.  You are all in my prayers for continuing health and safety during this outbreak.

Sincerely,
Gerry O’Sullivan

Dear Won Institute Faculty and Staff,

As you are likely aware, on Tuesday, February 25th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what steps should be taken moving forward. 

As the CDC emphasized, there is not currently a coronavirus pandemic in the United States. A pandemic occurs when a disease is spreading from a variety of sources across a large region, and the number of cases across the US is still small. However, given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and will continue to reevaluate our steps and actions daily. 

In the meantime, we ask you to follow basic health practices here at the Institute, as recommended by the CDC and public health sources, to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease, including: 

  • Practicing great hygiene, like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes

  • Wiping surfaces frequently touched by hands, such as door handles, light switches, keyboards, railings and so forth

  • Staying home when feeling ill until you recover – symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

In addition to these practices, we are prepared to further alter our procedures and plans should the situation change. We are also thinking ahead regarding the potential impact of the virus on the annual summer trip to South Korea, as well as any non-typical school activities, such as conferences on-site. 

We will communicate any changes affirmatively when the time is appropriate. Our clinic director is also working on a policy towards patients and will communicate that soon. Separate letters will be sent to students by the dean and to patients by the clinic director.

We want to reassure you that faculty and staff, other than Dr. Kim, have had no recent trips to South Korea nor have they been in close physical contact with any travellers. Dr. Kim returned from South Korea in January and has been asymptomatic.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a task for public health agencies. Any directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations should be followed. We have listed a series of frequently asked questions and responses from the Pennsylvania Department of Health at the end of this letter.

In times like this, we are particularly grateful for the strength and togetherness of this community. Please continue to look for further communications from us on this matter.

Sincerely,
Bokin Kim, PhD
President

Now Offering Telehealth Visits

Won Institute of Graduate Studies is currently closed following government regulations concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. We are not able to provide acupuncture or herbal medicine services in our student clinics but we can provide telehealth visits that may help you navigate our current world.  

In general, telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It can facilitate patient and clinician interactions and provide care, advice, reminders, education, monitoring, and remote admissions when face-to-face contact is prohibitive.


News

The latest in what’s happening at the Won…

Events At Won

August 2020

September

Have an event happening in the Philadelphia community? Let us know!

BLOG

Written for your peace of mind! Read from our latest health and wellness blogs…

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran3:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran
Join us October 12-14 2018 for The Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Workshop with Virginia Doran. With this highly effective method of facial rejuvenation, you may simultaneously benefit your patient’s appearance and overall health. Click here to Learn More [...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
AOM DAY11:30 am
AOM DAY
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
AOM DAY
Join Us Oct. 23 | 11:30am-1:30pm for AOM Day This day is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. To RSVP and[...]
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
K Now: Celebrating Korean Voice in Art & Culture7:00 pm
K Now: Celebrating Korean Voice in Art & Culture
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Us for the 8th Annual K Now, celebrating the Korean voice in art and culture and promoting the interconnectedness of people and cultures. Electric komungo pioneer Jin Hi Kim and renowned percussionist Gerry Hemingway[...]
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro6:30 pm
Evening Meditation- Beginner Intro
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On-going Monday night meditation led by Daniel Appel in the meditation hall; free and open to the public; donations accepted Beginner’s instruction 6:30 to 7 followed by Sitting meditation 7 to 8 pm
Monday Evening Meditation7:00 pm
Monday Evening Meditation@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Lunchtime Meditation12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation@ The Won Institute
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation @ The Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in12:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation – drop in@ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunchtime Meditation - drop in @ Meditation Hall at the Won Institute | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
Refresh yourself and clear your mind at weekly lunchtime meditation, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12pm. Each session also includes yoga. Rev. Shino Kang and Rev. Dong will lead the Tuesday session and Dohoon Hong who is a[...]
Tai Chi6:00 pm
Tai Chi@ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tai Chi @ The Won Institute Of Graduate Studies | Glenside | Pennsylvania | United States
 
I chose the Won for the small class size, the community feel and the meditation component is wonderful!
Margaret Haff
ACS Class of 2016

Get more info!

Sign up for the latest on the Won!