8.30am to 6pm
Chong Go Sunim (Sunim is the Korean word for Buddhist monk) was ordained in the Korean Jogye Order (the largest Buddhist Order in Korea) in September 1993. He completed an MA in Seon Studies at Dongguk University in 2003 and received certification from the Jogye order in 2002 allowing him to ordain others and serve as an abbot. His own Dharma teacher is the Venerable Seon Master Daehaeng Kun Sunim.
Chong Go Sunim practices at the Hanmaum International Centre in Korea where he helps translate the works of Master Daehaeng Sunim into English and other languages. He also takes care of several Dharma groups and gives Dharma talks in English and Korean.
All participants must book a place in advance. Not least because the Zen Centre will be providing lunch and will need to know the numbers in advance. Please be very sure you will be attending before booking your place. Places can be booked by leaving a comment on this post or by seeing me (Marcus) at various Dharma events in Bangkok between now and February.
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).
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a map and photographs.
A few points to note:
- Please try to arrive in plenty of time as the workshop will start at 9am sharp. We will try to finish at 6pm sharp too. Although discussion will almost certainly continue in a nearby restaurant or coffee shop!
- There are no bare feet in Korean temples, it would be much appreciated if those wishing to come will remember to bring socks!
- This is a good chance here in Bangkok to practice meditation in a Zen Buddhist temple with a fully ordained Zen monk in a close and supportive practice group. See you on February 19th!
The Bangkok Hanmaum Seon Center is an overseas branch of Hanmaum 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 (monks) who arrange regular ceremonies and teachings.
The Bangkok Seon Club is an English-language Zen group that meets monthly at the Bangkok Hanmaum Seonwon, aka the One-mind Zen Centre, to share experiences and study Korean Zen in general, and the teachings of Zen Master Daehaeng Kunsunim in particular. Meetings are open to all comers interested in Korean Zen Buddhism, whatever your background in Buddhism or meditation and usually take place one a month on a Saturday night.
Our meetings are led by the senior resident Sunim Kun Hyaedan Sunim, who has been ordained for many years, and regular attendees include English-speaking members of the Seon Centre, who kindly and skillfully help with translation, and a number of non-Koreans interested in, and practicing, Seon Buddhism.
A regularly updated group blog written by Chong Go Sunim and four other western Buddhists can be found here: http://wakeupandlaugh.wordpress.com
And an essay specifically on the Bangkok Seon Club with some good pictures can be found on the ‘Wake Up and Laugh’ blog from June 2010, here: http://wakeupandlaugh.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/the-bangkok-seon-club/
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