Self-transformation Ceremony (7-8:30 PM, Thursday, August 20)
Once a year, on the night of August 21, Won Buddhists in Korea hike to the mountains where the nine disciples offered their 100-day prayer. They hold a candlelight ceremony on the spot where this historical event took place. In tandem with this holy celebration in Korea, our spiritual gathering will take place at the Chapel Hill Temple on August 20, one day earlier. On this night, we celebrate and honor the sincere commitment of those undertaking this path and those who are continuing on the journey. This year, we will be honored with the presence of eminent dharma teacher Venerable ChwaSan. Ven.ChwaSan was the 4th Head Dharma Master of Won-Buddhism and now resides in Iksan, South Korea. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet our beloved special teacher who will travel from Korea to be with us. All are invited (including children), regardless of level of practice or experience. Refreshments will be served after the event.
The program will include:
- Music offering in honor of all dharma practitioners
- Naming Ceremony for Lara Olson, Kathleen Herr, Todd Fields
- Dharma talk by former head dharma master, Ven. ChwaSan
- Meditation (chanting, guided, and silent)
In WonKi 4 (1919, year 4 of the Won-Buddhist era), Sotaesan sent his first nine disciples to the mountains for 100 days of prayer and meditation. When they returned, Sotaesan asked whether they would be willing to sacrifice everything for the deliverance of all suffering beings. The disciples did not hesitate to say that they would sacrifice even their own lives towards this dharma devotion. To ratify their resolve, each disciple pressed his thumb on a sheet of white paper. With no ink, red prints emerged. Sotaesan proclaimed this as proof of the disciples’ sincerity and faith. He endowed them with dharma names as a sign of spiritual rebirth. We call this the Dharma Seal Day or Self-transformation Day. On this day, we celebrate the founding spirit of Won-Buddhism -- a willingness to dedicate fully, without hesitation, for the sake of dharma and all sentient beings.