The first Buddhist service inviting school parents was held at the Jeonggakwon, a temple located inside the campus of Dongguk University, on September 18th, 2011. It was held for school parents and students who entered the university through the recommendation of the Buddhism circle. The service was designed to inspire them with interest towards Buddhism.
Ven. Beopta, chief monk of the Jeonggakwon was concerned about the indifferent attitude of school parents and students after entering Dongguk. “Many students who enter our university by the Buddhism recommendation do not even know where to go to worship at a Buddhist temple. This is absurd and preposterous! I want these students converted and fully exerting themselves for the development of Buddhism representing the students of Dongguk.” he said. After the Buddhist service, the school leaders, parents, students and monks had lunch at the Sanglokwon, a school cafeteria for conversation.
The objective of this Buddhism service was debating the future of the recommendations of the Buddhism circle screening with students and school parents. However, not many people attended the service, no doubt further displeasing the Ven. Beopta. In the future, Jeonggakwon will make an effort to increase attendance rates. The Jeonggakwon will hold the Buddhist service regularly.
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