Jeonggakwon, a temple located inside the campus of Dongguk, has been holding Buddhist ceremonies in English and Chinese, since celebrating its third anniversary of the Saturday Buddhist ceremony. With the increasing number of foreign students at Dongguk, Jeonggakwon offers both regular English Buddhist ceremonies on the first Tuesday of each month during the semester, and in Chinese on the last Wednesday.
Lee Min-gi, an officer at Jeonggakwon, said “To broaden our sprit of foundation of Dongguk, we planned to offer a Buddhist ceremony for foreign students.” Lee added that “Initially, the Chinese Buddhist ceremony was inaugurated in Taiwanese traditional style, considering most foreigners of Dongguk are actually Chinese and Taiwanese people.”
With the English Buddhist ceremony is inaugurated, international students who are interested in Korean Buddhism will feel no linguistic difficulties while listening to the sermons. Meanwhile Korean students can also experience a new type of Buddhism.
Jeonggakwon strikes the eye of its watcher with their brisk activities; operating welfare organizations, expanding the number of scholarship students and bell-tolling ceremony everyday inside campus. Ven. Beop ta, chief of Jeonggakwon, said “We serve as a Buddhist model for everyone, and I hope many students will join our ceremony and get peace of mind at that.”
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