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Soothing the Mind and Body through Buddhism
During this summer vacation, the International Seon Center had two classes which practiced asceticism, Ganhwaseon. They took place at Daegakzeon and the director of International Seon Center, Subul Sunim taught the trainees a traditional Korean Buddhism way of Zen training. This practice, which has been passed down for eight hundred years, helps the students build peaceful mind with less stress and anger. As the experienced trainees explained, “This program teaches who I really am and which matters give me hardships. Thus, through this we can develop abilities to experience freedom and true happiness in our mind.” Choi Jae-young, who majors in Electrical Electronics, attended class this summer. He expressed, “It was quite a challenging experience especially for indefinite and abstract matters. They are hard to find a way to solve. However, through this program, my attitude toward such matters changed. I became more patient and able to build a strong will.” These classes had been held twice every vacation for the past few years. This summer’s classes were the 10th and 11th ones since it began. The first class started on Monday, June 30th and continued until Sunday, July 6th, and the second one ran from Thursday, August 14th to Wednesday, August 20th. Registration was, as usual, opened until the place got full. Students or anyone who are interested in next program should keep in mind that they can enroll by submitting a request form through a call, 2260-3891~2 or email, lsy3863@dongguk.edu when the schedule is officially fixed. This program is run in every vacation. The entry fee is 250 thousand won including lunch. Trainees can also stay at Namsan Residence Hall which costs 120 thousand won if they want. Donggukians. On the other hand, can receive back one hundred fifty thousand won as a scholarship. Therefore, more interests from Donggukians are needed in this program.
  Another one that needs attention is the English Buddhist service. It also takes place at Daegakzeon every Saturday at 2 P.M. The International Seon Center provides one hundred thousand won for scholarship to those who try out Global Buddhism English Presentation which takes about ten minutes. Originally, this program was divided into two levels; beginning level and intermediate level. However, due to the lack of demand, the beginning level is closed. Yet according to the Center, they are willing to reopen the level if the demand is sufficient enough to make a class. It would be a good way to spend Saturday afternoon by visiting English Buddhist service to support such programs at school.

Lee Seo-yeon  sullylee0516@dongguk.edu

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