Apr
6
to Apr 13

Mountain Retreat 2019

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Registration will begin in November 1st, 2018. Remember! Spaces fill up quickly.

Please sign up by clicking HERE.

Bathing in silence - meditating in the mountains

at Southern Dharma Retreat Center

April 6 (Saturday) - April 13 (Saturday)

Led by Rev. Wow!Gong

We are thrilled to share next year’s week-long retreat schedule at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center, located on the shoulder of the Smokey Mountains!

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IN NATURE, OUR TRUE NATURE

Come and experience truth— the truth of our own nature!

This retreat offers opportunities to practice meditation at rest and in action. Our aspiration is to experience the truth of our own nature. In Won Buddhism, our true nature is symbolized in the image of a circle. Retreatants will observe noble silence with sitting, movement, dharma contemplation, journaling, DahnJon abiding, and lying-down meditation. The retreat includes group and individual teaching and sharing. You will also enjoy ample free time for hiking or rest. The programs are geared to develop equanimity, insight, and mindfulness through the four stages of Timeless Zen Meditation. Step by step, you will receive practical guidance for meditation, Qigong/Tai-chi, and various breathing techniques. In the spirit of community, all retreatants should arrive on time and stay through the mid-day meal on our final day.

In harmony with Won Buddhism’s belief in the interconnectedness of all things, we will practice outside (as weather permits) to receive the vital chi-energy of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through tuning and balancing the energy of our bodies and minds, we will cultivate a calm awareness and let the light of our true nature shine.  Come and rest in Samadhi and sculpt the great masterpiece of the “True I” in deep stillness!

Won Buddhism is a modern, eclectic form of Buddhism, originating in Korea in 1916. Its founder, Sot’aesan, envisioned a practice that emphasizes equality among all economic groups, races, and genders—and between priests and laity. He believed that great enlightenment is possible without removing oneself from the everyday world, and that practicing Gratitude and the Threefold Study (Cultivating Equanimity, Wisdom, and Mindful Action) leads to individual awakening and transforms the world into a Paradise.

Rev. WonGong (also known as Rev. Wow!Gong) started her training in 1988 and was ordained a KyoMooNym (dharma teacher) in 1994 after seven years of intensive training in Korea. She subsequently served in the Gangnam Temple in Seoul and the Rockville Temple in Maryland. As a pioneering Won Buddhist priest in the West, she has established temples in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. Wow!Gong guest lectures at schools and colleges, provides life counseling, and leads retreats, youth dharma camps, and cultural enrichment programs. She has been active within the international interfaith community and teaches meditation and dharma to people of all ages.  Wow!Gong is a leading Korean-to-English translator of dharma teachings. She is a kind, compassionate, wise, and experienced teacher who also loves gardening and singing; she recently released the CD, “Chants of Samadhi for Daily Practice.”

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Sep
2
to Sep 3

Labor Day Overnight Retreat

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Registration is now closed. Thank you for signing up!

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Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Wilmington Retreat - March into Spring with a Renewed Spirit!

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Meditation - Led by Reverend Won-Gong

March 31st, 2018 (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Located at Castle Branch, 1844 Sir Tyler Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405

Meditation helps you tune in to the vibrant chi-energy within. We will explore different types of meditation that can be easily implemented in your daily life such as walking, standing, chi-gong, chanting and sitting. Come experience your bright and profoundly grounded energy, and establish a practice rhythm at this spring retreat. All levels of practitioners are welcome to this day of noble silence, contemplation, and fellowship. To maintain the vessel of community practice, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the full day.

 Please bring lunch and a drink (as well as your yoga mat & meditation cushion, if you have one).

Questions? Please contact Tina 910-619-8931, Tina@TinaAbraham.com

Suggested donation: $35-$70. Your generosity is appreciated. Scholarships are available for those in need, please contact us. 

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Cancellation Policy:

· If you cancel 7 or more days prior to the retreat, your payment will be refunded in full.

· If you cancel less than 7 days in advance of the retreat, a nonrefundable credit toward a future NC Temple retreat program is available.

· No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the day of retreat, or if you leave the retreat early for any reason.  

For questions, please call us at 919-933-6946 or email us at ncwonbuddhism@gmail.com.

 

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Jan
15
8:30 AM08:30

MLK Day Retreat

Thanks to your strong interest, registration is closed. 

 

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Cancellation Policy:

· If you cancel 7 or more days prior to the retreat, your payment will be refunded in full.

· If you cancel less than 7 days in advance of the retreat, a nonrefundable credit toward a future NC Temple retreat program is available.

· No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the day of retreat, or if you leave the retreat early for any reason.  

For questions, please call us at 919-933-6946 or email us at ncwonbuddhism@gmail.com.

 

 

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Apr
4
to Apr 9

Spring Mountain Retreat 2017

Southern Dharma Retreat Center Led by Rev. WonGong So

April 4 (Tuesday) - April 9 (Sunday) 

IN NATURE, OUR TRUE NATURE

Come and experience truth— the truth of our own nature!

This retreat offers opportunities to practice meditation through movement and rest. Our aim in meditation is to experience the truth of our own nature. Retreatants will observe noble silence with sitting, Qi-gong movement, journaling, and dharma contemplation. The retreat also includes chanting, as well as group and individual teaching. Because of WonBuddhism’s belief in the interconnectedness of all things, we will practice outside as weather permits. May we harmonize and balance the energy of our body and mind, cultivate a calm awareness, and let the light of our true nature shine!

Spaces are limited. Please register NOW!

For further information and registration, visit the Southern Dharma Retreat website.

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