Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Community Meditation & Potluck Dinner (Raleigh)

Welcome to our annual community meditation and potluck dinner at our North Raleigh Meditation Center at 2816 Pleasant Union Church Rd. Raleigh! Don’t forget to invite your children (age 6 & above), family, friends, and neighbors to this happy, friendly gathering.  You are welcome to join the meditation session only (5-6:30 PM), or stay for both!

Yoga, Meditation, Drumming: 5-6:30 PM, Sunday

Potluck Dinner: immediately following the meditation session

You are invited bring a dish—or just your appetite! If you bring a dish, please come early to set it up before meditation begins. (Please label your dish and list its main ingredients.) To help us plan, contact Karen (karencarelli@hotmail.com) and tell her what you plan to bring.

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Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Won Buddhism Introductory Class

Introductory Class to Buddhism & Won Buddhism

3-5 PM, Saturday, October 6th at the Chapel Hill Won Buddhism Temple

Registration is now open. 

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In this introductory class (Won Buddhism 101), we will review the essential teachings of Buddhism and explore the philosophy of Won Buddhism. The class will be thought-provoking, with a dynamic exchange of questions and comments. The suggested donation for this class is $10-$20; no one is turned away due to the lack of means. Please sign up HERE if you are planning to attend.  Bring your pen, notepad, and inquisitive mind!

You can hand in your payment (either check or cash) to Rev. April. Or, you can use PayPal button below. 

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Temple Autumn Fest & Open House

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10:00 - 11:00 Community Meditation

11:00 - 5:00 Live music, Korean drums, mini-classes

  • Introduction to meditation

  • What is Won-Buddhism?

  • Meditation bell ringing

  • Give chant a chance

  • Qi-gong movement

  • Tea ceremony

Sale Items:

Korean food: pancakes, dumplings, rice cakes, ginger tea, Korean tea, and more!

Meditation items & crafts: meditation clothing, beads, cushions, incense, bells, Moktak wooden gong, books, journals, foot massage mats, chanting CDs, rice paper cards, wooden plaques, and traditional Korean arts & crafts.

Come enjoy our community festival while also supporting our Temple!

 

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Self-Transformation & Naming Ceremony

Self-Transformation & Naming Ceremony

(10-11:40 AM, Sunday, Aug. 19th, at the Chapel Hill Temple)

All are invited to this very special day! Children are welcome!

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Every August, Won Buddhists around the world celebrate a day of self-transformation. This year, our spiritual gathering will take place at the Chapel Hill Temple. On this special day, we will celebrate two practitioners (Karen Carelli & Kyong Park) who will receive their dharma name as a sign of their spiritual rebirth.

The historical background for Self-Transformation Day:

In the fourth year of Won Buddhism (1919), Sotaesan sent his first nine disciples to the mountains for 100 days of prayer.Afterward, he asked whether they would be willing to sacrifice everything for the deliverance of all suffering beings. The disciples immediately said, “Yes. We are willing to do everything in our power.” To show their resolve, each disciple pressed his bare thumb on a piece of white paper. Even though they used no ink, their red thumbprints soon emerged. Sotaesan proclaimed this as proof of the disciples’ sincerity and faith; he then gave them dharma names as a sign of their spiritualrebirth. On this day of self-transformation, we celebrate the spirit of no-self and vow to serve all.

All adults and children (age 5 & older) are welcome to this special Sunday (August 19th) celebration. Delicious refreshments will be served after the event!

 

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May
28
9:00 AM09:00

Peace Meditate-A-Thon

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With our silent meditation flowing through the day, we will cultivate peace within and let our intention for peace shine without. If you are planning to join us, please note the schedule below!

Meditate-A-Thon Schedule

 9:00- 9:25 Peace prayer

 9:25- 9:30 Transition

 9:30- 9:55 Silent sitting meditation

 9:55-10:00 Transition

10:00-10:25 silent sitting meditation

10:30- 4:30 silent meditation will continue to be held every half hour.

4:30-5:00 final silent sitting meditation

Please use the five minute transition time for mindfully entering, exiting, and stretching. You are welcome to sit as many sessions as possible. Transitions will be indicated by the ringing of a bell, and at that time, you may mindfully enter or leave the dharma hall. You may alternate 25 minute sitting periods with 25-minute walking meditation in the temple grounds.  Please plan to stay for the entire length of each meditation period (25 min.) and drive in and out slowly.

 

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May
27
10:00 AM10:00

Won Buddhism All Souls Day (Spiritual Memorial Service)

In honor of Sotaesan’s Nirvana Day

10 AM, Saturday and Sunday, May 26th, 27th

At the Chapel Hill Temple (8021 Old NC 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27516)

 After a lifetime of teaching and dedicated dharma work, Sotaesan, the founding teacher of Won Buddhism, entered Nirvana on June 1st, 1943. Before he died, he suggested that his disciples should include all other buddhas, sages, and saints on his memorial day. We are grateful to those who have guided us in our spiritual journey. It might be a historical figure such as Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Sotaesan, or any teachers who have influenced you on your path.

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Come and enjoy the special deliverance chants; Let sound healing for all souls wash over you and birth peace within you.

Truth is one; the paths are many. All ways of dancing to the truth are beautiful.

On this day, through meditation and deliverance chants, we honor the spiritual guides in our lives as well as all those who have died in world conflicts. In this memorial service, we also embrace all troubled souls and pray for their complete deliverance.

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

Great Enlightenment Day and Open House

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Great Enlightenment Day and Open House: 

Please mark your calendar for April 29th (10 AM, Sunday) for our biggest annual celebration. 

102 years ago, in the first light of dawn, on April 28, 1916, Master Sotaesan was enlightened to the Truth of the Universe. Won Buddhism was born on that day, and every year, we celebrate this day as our spiritual birthday. We also recognize the great enlightenment of all the buddhas and sages throughout history, and we honor our innate, buddha nature.

After his great enlightenment, Sotaesan said:“All things in the universe are of one spiritual nature. All dharmas come from one source. In this oneness, the principle of no beginning and no ending and the principle of cause and effect are mutually grounded on one another, creating the clear Truth.”

The program will include meditation, dharma sharing, music, and community lunch. Please let us know if you would like to contribute a dish for our community lunch for this day of celebration.  We look forward to celebrating this day with you and your family. Children are welcome!

Open House: 1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Continuing our celebration of Great Enlightenment Day, everyone is invited to stay for afternoon activities and delightful mini classes. Special features of this Open House will include workshops about meditation, Buddhism, Won Buddhism, Qigong, as well as tea ceremony. 

Please share this invitation with your friends.

Please RSVP for the Great Enlightenment Ceremony. 

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Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Tai-chi Workshop at Chapel Hill Temple

Tai-chi Workshop

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Guided by Rev. Song, Tai-chi & Qigong Master

2-5:30 PM, Saturday, March 24th 

This is good for those who wish to polish your Tai-chi 10 form. Tai-chi Moving Meditation helps us not only to relax joints, muscles, organs, and nerves but also to find mental relaxation. This exceptional Tai-chi Master will guide you to elevate your practice through step-by-step instructions. Anyone who has had some experience with Qigong or Tai-chi will find this especially beneficial. 

SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE REGISTER NOW!

SUGGESTED DONATION RANGE IS $40-$60. YOUR GENEROSITY IS APPRECIATED.

You can make your payment through PayPal ($45 minimum donation) or by mailing us a check to 8021 Old NC, 86 Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (Make check out to Won-Buddhism of NC).

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Rev. DaeSung Song has practiced the martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido for 34 years, and has studied Tai chi, Baguazhang, and the healing internal energy arts of Qigong and Hatha Yoga for 24 years. He has won awards in international martial arts competitions and has taught in Korea, China, and the United States.

Rev. Song’s true skill comes through in his ability to teach students at all levels with humility and gentleness. He was fortunate to spend his early training with the Venerable Master Daesan (Third Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism); this led him to serve as a Buddhist Chaplain in the Korean Army. After his service, Rev. Song majored in Won Buddhism and Meditation at WonKwang University, and then was ordained in 2001.

Rev. Song teaches acupuncture, sitting and moving meditation, and vital energy studies at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.  He integrates healing and meditation into daily life, aspiring to create an enlightened society through the care of mind, body and spirit.

Cancellation Policy:

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

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

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

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

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Medical Qigong Workshop at Chapel Hill Temple

Medical Qigong Workshop

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Registration is now closed. 

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Rev. DaeSung Song has practiced the martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido for 34 years, and has studied Tai chi, Baguazhang, and the healing internal energy arts of Qigong and Hatha Yoga for 24 years. He has won awards in international martial arts competitions and has taught in Korea, China, and the United States.

Rev. Song’s true skill comes through in his ability to teach students at all levels with humility and gentleness. He was fortunate to spend his early training with the Venerable Master Daesan (Third Head Dharma Master of Won Buddhism); this led him to serve as a Buddhist Chaplain in the Korean Army. After his service, Rev. Song majored in Won Buddhism and Meditation at WonKwang University, and then was ordained in 2001.

Rev. Song teaches acupuncture, sitting and moving meditation, and vital energy studies at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.  He integrates healing and meditation into daily life, aspiring to create an enlightened society through the care of mind, body and spirit.

Cancellation Policy:

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

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

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

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

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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Equinox Benefit Concert

(7:30-8:45 PM, Tuesday, March 20, 2018)

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Celebrate the rising of Spring with music from our loving, warm-hearted community at our 7th Annual Spring Benefit Concert!

Won Buddhism Meditation Temple: 8021 Old NC 86 Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Happy Spring! Each year the temple offers enriching week-long summer Day Camps for children and an overnight retreat for teens. There are many families who would like to send their children and teens to these events, but cannot afford to do so.

Your generosity will open the door of opportunity for them.

Performances will include dulcimer, guitar, piano, vocals, and operas, A Capella singing, and more by generous and heart-filled musicians from our community.

Mark your calendars and welcome Spring by joining us for this fun musical evening, and help support the Children and Teen Summer Scholarship Fund! 

Please help support us by inviting your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

This is a fundraiser to support the temple. 

Admission by donation, $10-$20.

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Jan
10
to Feb 28

Turtle Dharma Course

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Turtle Dharma Course

Registration is now closed! 

January 10th- February 28th, 2018

(8-week class, Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8 PM)

Registration fee: $80-$100

If you need scholarship assistance, please contact us.

You can make your payment through PayPal or by mailing us a check. (Please note that if you choose to use PayPal the minimum payment is $85 in order to accommodate PayPal's service fee.) 

We are thrilled to offer our winter dharma study course! Come—and become—a master of Won Buddhism’s dharma turtle! When the founding teacher created Won Buddhism’s basic tenets, he placed them in a chart. Looking at the chart, he smiled and said, “This looks like a turtle!” Turtles are auspicious animals in Asian culture, representing peacefulness and longevity. 

This in-depth 8-week course will provide an opportunity for you to learn, contemplate, and discuss the teachings of Won Buddhism. You will explore simple and profound philosophies that are applicable to daily life. This course will be beneficial for beginners, but also helpful for those who attended last year and is a good follow-up for those who have taken the Introduction to Won Buddhism class!

A copy of Won Buddhism scripture will be necessary for this class. You may either purchase or borrow a copy. Other class materials will be provided. 

Some comments shared from last year:
“This was an excellent class. I am so happy I made the commitment to come each week!”
“Now I can talk about principles and practices with real understanding. Being with others on the path was a great benefit.”
“I felt inspired by what seemed like the moral underpinnings of the teaching.  The class inspired hope.”
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Jan
1
11:00 AM11:00

New Year Celebration Service

You are invited:

New Year Celebration, 11 am, January 1st (Monday), 2018

At Chapel Hill Won Temple

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Come celebrate the first day of the New Year with meditation, prayers, music, dharma messages, Temple updates, and more, followed by a delicious lunch.

Let us greet the New Year together, with mindfulness and mutual support of our hopes and resolutions for the New Year! 

Please RSVP here: 

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Nov
26
10:00 AM10:00

Spiritual Thanksgiving Service

You are invited to                                               Spiritual Thanksgiving Community Service

10 AM, Sunday, November 26, 2017

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Our lives are blessed, thanks to those who enrich us in special ways. We bless ourselves by discovering the heart of gratitude within. Please come and celebrate the Thanksgiving Service, honoring those in our lives who have passed on. Bring photos of your ancestors, deceased family members, friends, pets, or anyone who was special in your life.

Programs include:

Stretching/Qi-gong meditation (9:50-10 AM)

*Tributes to honor deceased (As you arrive, until 10:15 AM, place photos or names on the altar, while Govinda offers Indian Bansuri flute music.)

Meditation and prayer offering

Dharma talk by Rev. WonGong "Grace from Harm”

Sharing what I am grateful for by children and practitioners

Reflection & gratitude chanting meditation

Closing music-12 string guitar by Govinda

 We will share a community meal together after the service. You are welcome to bring a potluck dish or just bring yourself. Your family, friends, and children are welcome. Chairs and mats will be available. Look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP for seating arrangements and lunch.

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Bazaar & Open House in the Raleigh Center

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10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday, Nov. 11th/2816 Pleasant Union Church Rd. Raleigh, NC 27614

The Thanksgiving and winter holiday season will be with us soon! Get started on your holiday gift giving while enjoying the company of friends and the peacefulness of our meditation temple, which sits in a quiet wooded parcel of land in the Falls Lake area. 

Bring your children, family, and friends! We have many interesting items and Buddhist crafts to choose from. To help sustain our Center in Raleigh, please support this fundraising event by purchasing your holiday gifts from us. Here's an idea of what you'll find:

Ginger tea, lotus tea, pine needle tea, baked goods, special artwork (traditional ink paintings on Korean rice paper), meditation clothing, tea sets, child-friendly crafts, various prayer beads/bracelets, incense, meditation singing bells, hand-made cards, and more!

 We will welcome the morning with community meditation from 10 -10:45 AM.

Come taste tea, yummy baked goods and enjoy peace, laughter, and community. We look forward to seeing you, your family, and friends!

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Temple Bazaar & Open House

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Exciting programs, neat dharma items, and live music offered! Please mark your calendar for this annual community festival!

Volunteers needed for preparations beforehand, sales booths, and clean up, as well as anyone who can help tidying up our gardens before the event. If you can volunteer for the day, please fill out the box below.

Featured Sale Items: 

  • Korean food (Korean pancakes, dumplings)
  • Ginger tea and Korean tea (lotus leaf, wolfberry, puer, green tea)
  • Meditation clothing and meditation cushions
  • Prayer beads and incense
  • Moktak (wooden gongs) and singing bowls
  • Handmade rice paper cards
  • Wooden plaques, pottery, and traditional Korean crafts
  • Dharma books and more

Proceeds will go to the Temple’s Outreach Fund.

Open House Mini-classes (every 30 minutes from 11 am-5 pm):

•    Meditation class
•    Introduction to Won-Buddhism
•    Give chant a chance
•    Qi-gong class
•    Tea Ceremony

Bazaar Volunteer Sign up: 

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Jun
19
1:30 PM13:30

Belief, practice, and religion in the 21st century

3rd YoungSan University of Seon Studies International Seminar

Religion in the 21st Century

Won Buddhism Meditation Temple, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

A diversity of religious traditions and cultures characterizes today’s communities. How do we maintain our own religious identity while respecting our differences? This seminar will open a dialogue to reveal both common understanding and real divergence. The 21st century requires a process of learning both about the “other” and about oneself, so we may create bridges of understanding and dismantle walls of ignorance.

Our chief aim is to bring together multi-disciplinary young scholars working on the topic of religious beliefs and practices from historical as well as contemporary perspectives. Through a keynote presentation, Q&A after each speaker, and a final discussion at the end of the presentations, this seminar will provide opportunities to deepen our understanding of the relevance of religion in the 21st century.

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Donations are accepted for YoungSan students scholarship fund.

If you hope to attend to this event, please sign up by filling out a form below.

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