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Welcome! We cordially invite you to join us to learn how to apply the principles of meditation and Buddhism in our hectic urban and suburban lives. As a community of seekers and fellow travelers we learn to live with more gratitude, wisdom and compassion.


Won-Buddhism is a reformed Buddhist tradition that emphasizes making the Buddha’s teaching relevant to contemporary society. It offers sensible, encouraging and practical approaches to spiritual cultivation. Won-Buddhism also promotes social programs to enhance the lives of people and creation, as well as gender equality and interfaith dialogue.




An excerpt from The Principle and Training of the Mind, by Ven. ChwaSan:
We must guard the mind well before it can be taken away from us. And if we do retrieve it, we must guard it well afterward, for the danger of theft does not only apply to our money and physical things; forces are also watching and waiting to take our mind. These forces are what we call the five desires: appetite, lust, material desires, the desire for honors, and the desire for ease. Although I outline only five desires, the number of relatives that they have around them is truly beyond number
They are all eyeing our mind. At the center of this thieving family is greed, which commands them all. Behind it reigns the sign of the self, which governs everything. Fighting to preserve our mind against these desires is only possible with the greatest of alertness. It is said that in real life it is difficult for even ten people to prevent thievery by one person. Real-life thieves have a body, at least, and we have closed-circuit television cameras set up these days to capture them. But the thief that takes our mind has no body. There are no cameras to capture it. It steals in and snatches our mind away in a flash.
Our mind contains within it infinite principles, infinite treasures, and infinite creative transformations. If we can simply guard it, our bounty will be infinite and inexhaustible, free and easy, abounding with riches. This makes the thief all the more covetous and unyielding.
To guard against this, we need agency, we need wisdom, and we need courage. If we lack these three things, there will be no way for us to ward off the desires and guard our mind. Indeed, it is all the more difficult to reclaim it once it has been taken away. It is wiser and simpler to guard it well before this can happen, for then we need not make the extra effort to take it back.
The most comfortable and wisest people are those who watch their health when they are healthy; guard their country when it is untroubled; and cultivate their fields well when weeds are nonexistent or scarce. If we can guard our mind well in this way, without losing it or allowing it to be taken from us, then all the things contained in this place of numinous treasure become our possessions. They will never run dry no matter how much we use them, will produce limitless grace the more we use them, and will reap great blessings for ourselves and others. (pp. 130-131)



December 3rd
10:00 a.m. Tai-Chi with Dr. Koh
10:30 a.m. Won Buddhism 101 and Monthly Prayer
December 4th
Special Yearly Ceremony (with English Translation)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ceremony of Won Buddhist Thanksgiving Day
December 10th
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. One Day Meditation Retreat

Registration Only (New visitors are welcomed to join during the morning meditation 10.30 a.m.~12 p.m.)

December 17th
10:30 a.m. Special Guest, Prof. Charles Johnson (Catholic University)
December 24th
Christmas Break
December 31st
9:30 a.m. Beginners Session by Registration only.

E-mail: info@wbwashington.org

10:30 a.m. Sharing our Gratitude

Daily morning meditation: 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Saturday Group Meditation (English): 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Sunday Dharma Service and Lunch (Korean/English): 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday Won Yoga (English): 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (See note below)
Services are free, but donations are welcomed
Yoga is closed during Nov~March, will resume in April,2017.

Community Acupuncture Clinic (we invite new patients):
Mon, Wed, Sat from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Contact Contact Rev. Hwang, Temple Guide, at (240) 205-9424 for more information,
or for Acupuncture Clinic information, Rev. Jong Kim at (301) 675-5510 or brightstone5148[at]gmail.com.


Opening the Mind
Integrating the Body
Elevating the Spirit

Won-Buddhism embraces people of every background. You need not surrender your spiritual tradition to participate in our community. Please visit us and experience Won-Buddhism first-hand.

The Temple is located at
4257 Muncaster Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853