Won BudDhist Studies Department

Continuing Education Courses

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Spring 2024

Living Well, Dying Well: Learn to Live Fully and Transition Peacefully 

Dates: Every Wednesday, from April 10, 2024
Duration: 10 Weeks 
Time: 6-8pm EST
CEU: 2
Fee $600 (Scholarships are available)

Living Well, Dying Well is an innovative and transformative course designed to guide individuals towards a meaningful, balanced, and peaceful life and death. This course delves into the heart of what it means to live fully and die with grace, drawing on the rich traditions of Won Buddhism, a modern form of Buddhism that emphasizes practicality, simplicity, and the integration of Buddhist principles into daily life. Throughout this course, participants will embark on a journey that combines theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, meditation practices, and reflective discussions. The curriculum is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of the core beliefs of Won Buddhism, including the importance of mindfulness, compassion, and the interconnectedness of all beings, and how these principles can be applied to enhance our lives and prepare us for the transition of dying.

The course covers the following themes: 
Ethical Living and Compassion: Examine the ethical teachings of Won Buddhism, focusing on the practice of compassion towards oneself and others. Discuss how ethical living can lead to a more fulfilling life and a peaceful death.
Interconnectedness and Community: Discover the importance of community and interconnectedness. Participate in group discussions and activities that foster a sense of belonging and support, essential for living well and dying well.
Preparing for Death: Explore the concept of death in Won Buddhism and other contemplative practices. Learn about the art of dying well, including practical preparations and spiritual practices that can ease the transition and bring peace to both the dying and their loved ones.
Integrative Practices: Learn how to apply mindfulness, meditation, and ethical principles to everyday situations, enhancing well-being and preparing for a graceful transition at life’s end.
This course is suitable for anyone interested in exploring the spiritual and practical aspects of living and dying. Whether you are new to Buddhist teachings or seeking to deepen your understanding, this course offers valuable insights and tools to enrich your journey through life and beyond. Join us as we explore how to live well and die well, guided by the wisdom of contemplative practices.
The Won Institute is offering partial scholarships. The WBS Learn admin will conduct a brief interview to determine your financial need and your intentions for taking the course. 

About The Instructor

Rev. Park is an ordained minister of Won Buddhism and acupuncturist licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate, and her Masters of Acupuncture from the Won Institute. Her research interests include Korean medicine and healing practices. She has been leading annual excursions to Korea for acupuncture students since 2015. If she isn’t at the clinic, you can find her teaching tai chi and qigong or tending to the Institute’s many plants.

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Rev. WonGong So

Dates: Every Wednesday, from 1/10/24 to 3/19/24

Time: 6-8pm EST/ 3-5pm PST

CEU’s: 2

Fee: $600

Course Description

Dive into the timeless wisdom of Won Buddhism! Discover the unique chart designed by its founder, Sotaesan, often likened to the enduring turtle – a symbol of long life and steadfastness. Explore the eternal teachings of the Fourfold Grace, Threefold Study, and Eight Articles that have inspired minds for over a century. Join us in this immersive journey where you’ll gain deep insights into the harmonious blend of faith and practice, empowering you to infuse these principles into your everyday life. Don’t miss out on this chance to enrich your spiritual journey and bring lasting change to your daily life!

The Won Institute is offering 30%-50% scholarships. The WBS Learn admin will conduct a brief interview to determine your financial need and your intentions for taking the course. 


About The Instructor

Rev. WonGong (she/her), affectionately known as Rev. Wow!, is a lifetime dedicated dharma teacher. A pioneering Won Buddhist priest, she has established temples in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a guest lecturer at schools, colleges, and meditation centers, teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Rev. Wow! leads workshops, retreats, youth dharma camps, and cultural enrichment programs. She 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, serving as a spiritual bridge between East and West.

Rev. Wow! is a master of integrating Buddhist concepts in daily practice. She loves gardening and singing. In 2018, she released an album, Chants of Samadhi for Daily Practice. In 2020, she released her second album, Chants for Healing

"Let us turn a reluctance to learn into a readiness to learn well."

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