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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.




The Path to Being a Sage


An eventful year has passed and a new year has come. I pray that all humanity, all nations, and everyone in the Won Buddhist community will be blessed by Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace. This past year was a sacred one and full of hope, as we celebrated the Centennial Anniversary with the sincere help of many lay members and ordained ministers. The 100th Anniversary was a great joy and a sacred historical moment that opened the promising future of Won Buddhism into its second century.As we begin a new year, I invite you to think about how to manifest the life of a sage. We live in the midst of delusion and each of us should resolve to become a sage by honoring the Il-Won teaching of Sotaesan, the Founding Master. For achieving this goal, I would like to share with you three steps on that path. Devote yourself to: (1) mind practice, (2) skillfully undertaking the tasks set before you, and (3) treasuring every person you meet.

First, let us devote our sincere efforts to mind practice.Happiness and unhappiness, success and failure, war and peace – each of these depends on how we use our minds. Sages from the past, present, and future are those who have awakened to the knowledge of how to use the mind and apply it to their practice. Average people have little interest in the mind and find happiness in wealth and fame. While they quibble over right and wrong and blame others for their suffering, they remain trapped in the wheel of samsara. As students of Sotaesan, we should turn our minds inward first and then train ourselves in how to use our minds. This will open the world of paradise to us.

We should practice meditation and offer prayer to calm our minds, make our minds as empty as the vast sky, and use our minds without hindrance. We should observe carefully whether we can create a warm mind like spring, a passionate mind like summer, an even-keeled mind like autumn, and a restorative mind that knows how to retreat and rest like winter. Using the qualities of these four mind-seasons, we should ceaselessly train ourselves to respond appropriately to each situation, for this is the path to eternal happiness.

Second, let us devote our sincere efforts to each and every task.

Our lives are a round of different tasks. If we complete a task well, we will receive blessings and our abilities will be acknowledged. A buddha is a master of each and every task, and can carry out any work well whatever it may be. Each task of a buddha leads to

one goal. The goal of a buddha’s every action is to create a blissful world by delivering all sentient beings. All buddhas dedicate their lives to this path.

We all live in a world where we experience numerous problems in our personal lives. We may encounter petty words and actions among family members or challenging situations at work. We need to exert ourselves in each of these areas so our skillful responses will be a blessing for those around us and help create a peaceful world for humanity. In all of our tasks, we must be aware of the goal, the process needed to accomplish the goal, and the journey towards its successful outcome. Sometimes, our individual task connects to other related tasks in complicated ways. Therefore, we should study and contemplate these situations, so we will know how to harmoniously succeed in meeting our goals. This is the way to become a living buddha with a myriad of abilities.

Third, let us devote our sincere efforts to whomever we meet.

The purpose of our dharma practice is to support all those we meet so they can become buddhas and experience eternal happiness. Around us, there are families, friends, colleagues, and dharma brothers and sisters with whom we have an affinity. They can help each of us become a buddha, succeed in our work, and fulfill our purposes in life. It is important for us to comprehend the spiritual capacities and abilities of all those with whom we have an affinity and whom we meet. From this understanding, we can then create mutual life-giving relationships. At the same time, we work hard to free ourselves and all those around us from entangled karmic forces. We also should think deeply about the purpose of our existence and how it affects others. Our presence and actions should be those that nurture the ease, spiritual progression, and grace of all those whom we encounter.

Many countries, and the world itself are facing new challenges. If we take these challenges as a wake-up call, our wise responses will create grace from harm and lead to a peaceful world. I pray for the establishment of a new order in societies, nations, and the world and wish for a true paradise where everyone lives in tranquility and comfort.

In the new year, I pray that all of us exercise our minds, dedicate ourselves to the tasks that come before us, and realize that each person we meet is a great treasure. In this way, all human beings can progress towards buddhahood.

New Year’s Day, W.E. 102 (2017)
Venerable KyongSan, Prime Dharma Master




January 1st
Special New Year’s Celebration (with English Translation)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ceremony of New Year’s Day (Join for Korean Lunch)
January 7th
10:30 a.m. Monthly Prayer with 108 Bowing Meditation
January 14th
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Guest, Prof. Charles Jones (Catholic University – Pure Land Buddhism)
January 21st
10:00 a.m. Tai-Chi with Dr. Koh
10:30 a.m. Meditation and New Greeting
January 28th
10:30 a.m Meditation Service



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