Calling all Zen Singers!

Saturday May 1st
The next, rather special, meeting of the English-language Bangkok Seon (Zen) Club will be on May the 1st: 7 to 9pm sharp. As well as the usual meditation practice, Dharma teaching, and Dharma discussion, there will also be the first rehearsal of the Club “Choir”!
The English-language Seon Club is preparing to sing a Korean Dharma song (in Korean!) during an evening of cultural performances as part of the celebrations of Buddha’s Birthday on May the 28th – and there is plenty of room for more people! So see you on the 1st!
 general information is as follows:

Bangkok Seon Club

The Bangkok Seon Club is an English-language Zen group that will be meeting monthly at the Bangkok Hanmaum Seonwon  aka the One-mind Zen Centre near Ekamai BTS (map and directions below)  to share experiences and study Korean Zen in general, and the teachings of Zen Master Daehaeng Kunsunim in particular.

Meetings will be open to all comers interested in Korean Zen Buddhism, whatever your background in Buddhism or meditation.

Background:

Daehaeng SunimThe Bangkok Hanmaum Seon Center is an overseas branch ofHanmaum Seonwon, established by Seon Master Daehaeng Kunsunim (a female Seon master widely respected throughout Korea) in 1972, and part of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism – the largest Buddhist Order in Korea with a history stretching back over 1,200 years.

‘Seon’ by the way, is the Korean word for ‘Zen’, and Master Daehaeng’s teaching is to realize and awaken to our inherent nature, also called Buddha-nature, inherent mind, or Juingong.

Daehaeng Kun Sunim teaches people to

Believe in your foundation, Juingong, and entrust it with everything that confronts you. Then go forward while observing and experimenting with what you experience.

The Bangkok branch of Hanmaum Seonwon was established ten years ago and serves the spiritual needs of Korean residents and visitors in the city. It is very much a centre of the Korean Buddhist community, and many families attend regularly with children of all ages.

The founder does not reside at this branch temple, but it is run by two resident female sunims (teachers) who arrange regular ceremonies and teachings.

Our meetings will be led by the senior resident Sunim Kun Hyaedan Sunim, who has been ordained for many years, and/or by the other Sunim at the centre, Kun Hyaegyu Sunim. Regular attendees include English-speaking members of the Seon Centre (who kindly help with translation when needed), Dr. Lee Bhikkhuni (American)from the Women’s International Meditation Centre in Rayong, and a number of other non-Koreans interested in Seon Buddhism.

The monthly Bangkok Seon Club meetings is the first major English-language project undertaken by the centre, and despite being a new group is already generating much interest.

Meditation

This Korean lineage differs somewhat from the more well known Japanese Zen schools in meditation style. One surrenders to ones own Buddha-nature (Juingong), a giving up of the self to the natural flow of Dhamma and wisdom. Instructions will be given for the formal sitting period at the start of each meeting, so please arrive before time so as not to disturb the sitting.

A few points to note:

  • * Please try to arrive in plenty of time as the meetings start with a short meditation, and we try to finish at 9pm sharp too.
  • * There are no bare feet in Korean temples, it would be much appreciated if those wishing to come will remember to bring socks!
  • * It is a good idea to buy a copy of the book we are studying, ‘No River to Cross’, if you intend to attend regularly. Copies will be available at the centre.
  • * This is a good chance here in Bangkok to study in a Zen Buddhist temple with fully ordained Zen monks in a close and supportive practice group. See you on Saturday!


Location:

The Bangkok Hanmaum Seon Centre

86-1 Soi 4 Sukhumvit 63

BTS  Ekamai Station – Exit 1

Take Exit 1 from Ekamai Station, and go down Ekamai Road (aka Sukhumvit 63). Turn right along Soi 4 and go to the end. Turning left you will see the Centre on your right a few meters along.

A motorcycle from Ekamai can also take you there cheaply. Ask for the ‘Wat Gao-lii’ (Korean temple).

Click map for a lager version:

Korean-Temple

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2 Responses to Calling all Zen Singers!

  1. nika kollar says:

    Can you please send more information about weekly meditations at the temple.

    thank you.

    nika

  2. Marcus says:

    Hi Nika,

    Thank you for the comment! Unfortunatly the Korean Zen (Seon) Centre doesn’t offer English-language weekly meditation sessions at the moment.

    What we have in English is a monthly meeting for meditation, teaching from one of the sunims at the temple, and some discussion. And of course you are more than welcome to join us in that!

    However, this month is rather different! The English-language group is very busy preparing to take part in the Buddha’s Birthday celebrations on May the 28th. We are rehearsing a Korean Dharma song to sing in the evening.

    You are very welcome to attend the Buddha’s Birthday ceremony on the 28th of May at 10am (in Korean) and the evening celebrations at 6pm (also in Korean) – but even better would be if you’d like to join us in our singing!

    Leave another comment here if you’d like to sing with us and we’ll get in contact with you right away with the schedule of rehearsals.

    After May we will resume our normal monthly meetings with the next being on June the 26th.

    Hopefully see you soon!

    Marcus

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