On October 5th and 6th, for two days, Dongguk Lotus Festival was held at Paljungdo by the College of Buddhist Studies. The event was made up of a memorial ceremony of Donggukians who faced accidents and six kinds of booth events.
|▲ Hyewon Sunim, the president of Jeonggakwon, is making a commemorating speech.|
/Photograph by Kim Min-ji
On the first day, from 10 P.M., Dongguk Lotus Festival began, reading the Heart Sutra with reverence and the host introduced guests present in the ceremony. Then Hyewon Sunim, the president of Jeonggakwon, made a commemorating speech for the memory of a deceased people. The objects of the speech were Choi Hye-jung who met with an accident of sewol ferry, Park Se-won who was shut in Gupabal, and Kim Min-hye who lost her foot from the Wonheung Hall. In succession, the Dharma drum ceremony took place by Ilgak Sunim and Ilbong Sunim. Commemorative rite took place, led by Wonjun Sunim and Daehye Sunim, and representatives of the College of Buddhist Studies, and the GSC performed the rites. Then the event concluded with the Four Great Vows.
Lee Yoon-seok, the chairperson of the GSC of the College of Buddhist Studies, said, “The memorial ceremony was very meaningful. When the ceremony began, the weather was cloudy but after it was ended, the sky became brighter. I believe the victims recognized our sincere hearts in the heaven.”
|▲ Students are making paper lotus in a booth of the Dongguk Lotus Festival.|
/Photograph by Kim Min-ji
After the memorial ceremony, booths were opened on the Paljungdo and provided the students with six different activities. Korea Buddhist of University Federation provided an activity to make a paper lotus and Sukrimhoe, the student council of Hakin Sumim, offered free waffles and coffee. In addition, there were booths of activities such as Buddhism quiz, tattooing Buddhism character, painting mandala fancy wood, making bracelets, and making traditional incense. When each student experienced all seven booths to get stickers, they could receive a tumbler. Moreover, on the second day, the Department of Buddhist Social Welfare hosted a footbath event for cleaning workers of the Dongguk University.
Ilbong Sunim, a freshman from the Division of Buddhist Studies, said, “There are few opportunities for sunims to interact with other students. Yet, through the Dongguk Lotus Festival, I was glad to be more familiar to the students. I felt really great to see the students getting waffles in pleasant face.”
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