A prayer session practice is being done with the school personnel during Buddhist basics class.
/Photography by Yoo Joon-sang
During this winter vacation, Jeonggakwon offered Buddhist basics class for the school personnel for two weeks, from January 17th to 21st, and from Feburary 7th to 11th. From 11:20 A.M. to 12 P.M., class was done for designated departments on each day. The class was mainly about basic manners we need to follow when visiting a Buddhist sanctuary, including putting palms together, prostration, and prayer session. The class finished with a prayer session practice reviewing the basics learned through the class. After the class, school personnel had an experience of bell ringing at noon.
Putting palms together is a basic posture of showing courtesy to Buddha. When entering and leaving the temple, putting palms together needs to be done as a greeting method indicating that one is a Buddhist. Prostration is a religious service showing respect towards three treasures, which includes Buddha, Buddha’s teaching, and the Buddhist monk.
Ven. Jahun Sunim, Buddhist Chaplin of Jeonggakwon, said “Dongguk University is a school established by Buddhism. When new employees enter our school, they were given an employment certificate at Jeonggakwon and Buddhist basics class was done for them. However, due to COVID-19, this could not be done regularly. By this Buddhist basics class, we hope every school personnel has a happy life at work with the teachings of Buddha at Dongguk University.”
Jeonggakwon is planning to continue Buddhist basics class as a regular program from the first semester of 2022. It will be held on every Wednesday at 11:20 A.M. and is open to any Donggukians including regular students and even international students. Also, Jeonggakwon is planning to resume regular Buddhist ceremony for students at 4 P.M. every Wednesday face-to-face from this semester, which had to be done non-face-to-face until last year due to COVID-19.
Jeonggakwon is also running various Buddhist programs for students. “Scholarship for young Buddhist leaders” is given to 60 students who regularly participate in Buddhist activities for a semester with Jeonggakwon. This scholarship is also open to international students. Especially, Buddhist programs for international students, such as temple stay, is expected as a regular program this semester so those who are interested in it may check notifications on Jeonggakwon or Office of International Affairs website.
Ven. Jahun Sunim added, “Jeonggakwon is open to any Donggukian who would like to have consultation about their worries or need advice. We are working with a hope that Buddha’s teachings will be helpful for every Donggukian to live a happy life.”
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