Our Reverends

Rev. WonGong So

Rev. WonGong So (Won: “Circle” + Gong: “Emptiness”) is the head priest of our temple. She was ordained in 1994 and completed her novice and undergraduate training, as well as her graduate work and internship, in Korea, majoring in Won Buddhist religious studies.

She served in the Gang-Nam Temple in Seoul for three years before moving to the US in 1997, when she was assigned to the Rockville Temple in Maryland. She completed her Master's in Social Work at the University of Maryland in 2002 before moving to North Carolina the following year.  

At the Temple, WonGong develops and leads meditation programs and short- and long-term retreats, bringing cultural and spiritual enrichment to our community and beyond. WonGong enjoys sharing the blessings of dharma practice with others and gives lectures on Won Buddhism and meditation workshops at Duke, UNC, and other educational institutions. She has served in interfaith programs both in the US and internationally and also has experience working as a therapist in social work for children and their families.

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Rev. Ginger Lee

Rev. Ginger Lee was ordained as a Won Buddhist priest in 2006. During her novice training, she served at the Won-Buddhist temples in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in Swaziland, Africa. Rev. Ginger completed her undergraduate training at YoungSan University, South Korea, and received her Master's degree at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia. In 2012, Rev. Ginger became the associate priest at the Won Buddhism Temple in Chapel Hill. Here, she leads temple services, meditation workshops, and dharma study groups. Rev. Ginger has 10 years of experience and training in Qi-gong and Tai-chi, and incorporates these forms of moving meditation into retreats and other programs. 

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