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Fall 2021

Won Buddhist Doctrine & its Application: Turtle-Chart Dharma Course

Instructor: Rev. WonGong

September 1st – November 10th, 2021
Wednesdays evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
10-weeks, 2 CEU
Course Fee: $600

This is a continuing education program of the 2021 Fall semester from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Pennsylvania. Everyone is welcome to this online Turtle-Chart Dharma Course, which will be taught by Rev. WonGong So.

Sotaesan, the Founding Teacher, created a chart which includes the essential teachings of Won Buddhism. Looking at the shape of the chart, he smiled and said, “This looks like a turtle!” Turtles are auspicious animals in Asian culture and represent longevity. This in-depth course will provide an opportunity for you to learn, contemplate, and discuss the key teachings of Won Buddhism. You will explore simple and profound philosophies that are applicable to daily life. Please join us and become a master of Won Buddhism’s dharma turtle! Please click HERE to Register.

This course fee is $600, and the Won Institute is offering 30%, 50%, and 80% scholarships. For a scholarship, please complete this form: Scholarship Application Form. The Won Institute will conduct a brief interview to determine your financial need and your intentions for taking the course. Syllabus

1.   The Heart of the Turtle—Transmission Verse; What is Il-Won?
2.   The Four Great Principles: The framework of Won Buddhism
3.   The Fourfold Grace
4.   The Four Essentials
5.   Everywhere a Buddha… Really?
6.   Cultivating Equanimity
7.   Cultivating Wisdom
8.   Mindful Choice in Action
9.   What is Faith? Let’s Explore the Eight Articles.
10.  Timeless Meditation…. Wow!

Rev. WonGong (affectionately known as Rev. Wow!Gong) is the head dharma teacher at the Won Buddhism Meditation Temples in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a guest lecturer at schools, colleges, and meditation centers around the world, teaching Won Buddhist philosophy and meditation. As a master of integrating the concepts of Buddhism into daily practice, Rev. WonGong uses creative forms of meditation with body movement, vocal Qigong, breathing techniques, guided meditation, and laughter. Her online and in-person retreats are eclectic and thorough. Rev. WonGong’s wisdom and kind, compassionate nature make her an effective life counselor and teacher for people of all ages and experience. She is a leading Korean-to-English translator of dharma teachings and loves gardening and singing; Rev. WonGong has released two CDs—Chants for Healing (2020) and Chants of Samadhi (2018).

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For questions, email [email protected]

About The Instructor

Rev. WonGong

Rev. WonGong (affectionately known as Rev. Wow!Gong) is the head dharma teacher at the Won Buddhism Meditation Temples in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a guest lecturer at schools, colleges, and meditation centers around the world, teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation to people of all ages and experience. Rev. WonGong integrates creative forms of meditation with body movement, vocal Qigong, breathing techniques, guided meditation, and laughter. She is active in the international interfaith community and is a leading Korean-to-English translator of dharma teachings. Rev. WonGong is a master of implementing ideas for integrating the concepts of Buddhism into daily practice. Her kind, compassionate, and wise nature makes her a valued life counselor and effective teacher. She loves gardening and singing; she’s released two CDs—Chants for Healing (2020) and Chants of Samadhi (2018).

Won Buddhism: Chanting & Healing Sounds

Instructor: Rev. Shinoh Kang

September 7th – November 9th, 2021
Tuesday afternoons, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
10-weeks, 1 CEU
Course Fee: $300 

Won Buddhist’ chanting is a method of practicing Il-Won-Sang with sound. We hear so many sounds in our daily lives. It could be good and positive sounds that make us happy. It could be bad and negative sounds that make us uncomfortable. They are easy for us to attach to. When we practice Il-Won-Sang with sounds, we can listen to the sounds clearly without attachments.

In this course, you will learn how you practice Il-Won-Sang with sounds. You will be guided to chant Won Buddhist’ designated phrases including not only Namuamitabul but also incantations such as Yŏngju, Ch’ŏngjŏngju, Sungju, and The Il-Won-Sang Vow and their meanings. As your practice deepens, you can expand your application of Il-Won-Sang to a myriad of sensory conditions.

Syllabus
*Syllabus subject to change.

  1. Sep 7: Practice of Il-Won-Sang
  2. Sep 14: A Principle of Won Buddhist’s Chanting
  3. Sep 21: Namuamitabul I
  4. Sep 28: Namuamitabul II
  5. Oct 5: Numinous Incantation (Yŏngju)
  6. Oct 12:Incantation of Clarity” (Ch’ŏngjŏngju)
  7. OCt 19: Sacred mantra (Sungju)
  8. Oct 26: The Il-Won-Sang Vow I
  9. Nov 2: The Il-Won-Sang Vow II
  10. Nov 9: Chanting with my heart

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For questions, email [email protected]

About The Instructor

Rev. Shinoh Kang

Rev. Shinoh Kang is a Won Buddhist Kyomunim. She received her BA in History and Social Studies Education from Ewha Womans University, and received her MA in Applied Meditation Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies (WI). She served as a minister at Namwon Won Buddhist temple, and was the director of the Namwon Children’s Center. She’s now the finance officer at WI, and also teaches meditation, yoga, and chanting to students in the Won Buddhist Studies and Acupuncture Studies programs. Before the pandemic, she led a women’s meditation & yoga class at the Nationalities Service Center for refugees in Philadelphia and the Penn Asian Senior Service Center. Shinoh also co-facilitated the Young People’s Retreat and 1-day meditation retreat with students from the University of Pennsylvania. She strongly believes that awakening to our true self leads to individual and societal liberation.

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