10:00 AM10:00

Year-end letting go Ceremony

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

at Won Buddhism Temple in Chapel Hill

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Same events three times this year! 

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Please select the time you wish to attend. (5 pm event is full now.)
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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! 

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to Feb 28

Turtle Dharma Course

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Turtle Dharma Course

Registration is now open! 

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.) 

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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 tenants, 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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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!

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10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Bazaar & Open House in the Raleigh Center


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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10:00 AM10:00

Temple Bazaar & Open House


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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2:00 PM14:00

Moving Meditation Workshop

Moving Meditation Workshop guided by Rev. Song, Tai-chi & Qigong Master

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2-5:30 PM, Saturday, September 23 at the Chapel Hill Temple

Registration is now closed. 

This will be a 3½ hour Won Moving Meditation Workshop for those who want to lead meditation classes and/or enhance their meditation practice through movement.

Rev. Song’s Moving Meditation programs include: Yin Yang Mudra, Warm Heart Supple Body, ShipSang Meditation, and Sŏn Yoga. The principles of Tai Chi, Qigong, and yoga are synthesized in these practices.


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.
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10:00 AM10:00

Self-Transformation & Naming Ceremony

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

Every summer in August, 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 20th. On this day, we will celebrate and honor the sincere commitment of those undertaking this path and those continuing on the journey.

The historical background for this celebration day, “Miracle of Blood Seal”

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. Towards the end of this series of prayer, Sotaesan asked whether they would be willing to sacrifice everything for the deliverance of all suffering beings. The disciples did not hesitate to say they would do everything in their power to fulfill this vow. To ratify their resolve, each disciple pressed his thumb on a sheet of white paper. Despite the fact that they used no ink, red thumb prints emerged. Sotaesan proclaimed this as proof of the disciples’ sincerity and faith. He endowed them with dharma names as a sign of spiritual transformation and rebirth. On this day of self-transformation, we celebrate the founding spirit of Won Buddhism by dedicating ourselves fully and without hesitation to the dharma of “no-self” and the vow to serve all.

Come and celebrate this special Sunday with us. Regardless of level of practice or experience, all are invited (including children age 5 and older). Festive refreshments will be served after the event!

The program will include:
- Storytelling, meditation, dharma talk, music
- Naming ceremony for Jeff Engle, Rupal Yu, Andrew Yu, Ani Yu (age 12), Ishaan Yu (age 7)


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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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to May 29

Memorial service and Meditate-a-thon

We will have our spiritual memorial day gathering this Sunday (10 AM, May 28th), then there will be a Peace Meditate-a-thon on Monday, Memorial Day (9-5 PM, May 29th) at the Chapel Hill Temple.

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

9-9:25 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

...  4:30-5:00 PM 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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10:00 AM10:00

Great Enlightenment Day and Open House

Great Enlightenment Day and Open House: 

Please mark your calendar for April 30th (10 AM, Sunday) for our biggest annual celebration. 

101 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!

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4:00 PM16:00

The Meeting of East and West

(4-5:30 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017)

Jennifer Curtis and Mi Ja Kim will collaborate to present a unique performance of instrumental music and traditional Korean dance movement.  Jennifer is an acclaimed American violinist, trained in the western musical tradition. Mi Ja is a master of Korean dance, drums, and Kayakeum, a traditional stringed instrument. These two renowned professional performers will combine the spirit of East and West through this varied program featuring their music and dancing skills. This concert will include their solo and combined performances of violin, mandolin, Kayakeum, drums, and dance, accompanied by Paul Wiancko on the cello. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind event that will bring us together and allow us to experience the fusion of East and West!

This is a fundraiser to support the temple. 

Admission at the door: $20 for adults, $10 for students and children

Pre-paid tickets: $16 for adults, $ 8 for students and children

(You may send a check or use PayPal on our website).

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Mi Ja Kim, a prominent Korean artist, has dedicated her life to traditional Korean dance and drum. She majored in dance in SangMyong Women’s College and Santa Monica College, and was a top pupil of MaeMang Lee, one of Korea’s national treasures. Mi Ja formed the SunHwa Dance Company and has led intercultural performances with African, Native American, Brazilian, and American artists. Her creative choreography was highly praised at the American College Dance Festival in 2013. She and her SunHwa Dance Company recently performed in the National Theater in Costa Rica. MiJa has now moved to the Triangle area from Los Angeles. We are blessed to have this accomplished professional dancer and drummer with us.

Jennifer Curtis is a gifted and award winning violinist with degrees from Mills College and the Julliard School of Music.  She has performed internationally, including at Carnegie Hall, where her second solo concert was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest” recital programs. An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer’s versatility has led her to collaborate with musical shamans in the Andes, Kurdish refugees in Turkey, the Nrityagram Dance Company in India, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention in North Carolina.  Currently, she is an artist-in-residence at Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, and teaches violin, musicianship, and improvisation at Duke University. We are very grateful to Jennifer who has been sharing their unique musical gifts along the journey of our Temple community. 


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