Many Donggukians are participating in the first meditation competition. They had tried several levels of the mediation postures.
/Photograph by Lee Seon-yeong
On May 14th, 1:30 P.M., the Meditation Competition was held for the first time in Dongguk University. The event took place in Manhae Square and it was hosted by Dyeon, the online community site of Dongguk University and hosted by Dongbul, Student Council of Buddhism. The purpose of the competition is to compete who could endure hard meditation postures during given time without falling asleep, moving or laughing.
Those who wanted to participate had to register in advance by May 10th. The President of Dyeon, Lee Seung-hoon explained, “We got the idea from Seoul meditation competition. As Dongguk University is religious, we could make it unique by combining Buddhism with meditation. 117 people signed up for this competition and most of them were students from the college of Business and Social Science.”
Eventually, 26 participants showed up and the competition started at close to 2 P.M. Im Tae-jun, (Junior, Department of Law) said, “I saw it on Facebook and thought it would be fun to try it.” The announcer proceeded the event while the President of Dyeon demonstrated the meditation posture. There were five levels of the meditation posture which started out from easy positions to gradually harder positions. The postures contained easy zen meditation (sitting with both legs crossed) to a challenging tree position (standing with one leg) which demanded more sense of physical balance. Each meditation posture would be assigned for 20 minutes each.
During meditation, participants were challenged not to laugh during the President of Dyeon attempt of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) such as crunching on snacks. in two stages of ASMR session because they could not resist laughing at funny sounds. The atmosphere was quiet only except for the background music. In the end, three people were left and the winner was determined by drawing straws by a piece of paper. “I was worried I might not be able to get the prize after enduring those meditation posture all this time. I just focused on getting the prize and that made it bearable for me.” said Jeon Seok-jin, (Freshman, North Korean Studies Major), the first winner of the Meditation Competition. “I would definitely recommend this competition to my friend. Kim Dong-hee(Sophomore, Department of Business Administration) stated. It was fun and next time I would try to hold back from laughing even if it is hard.” The competition successfully ended at 3 P.M. The 25 participants received LOHB’s kit as first come, first served policy. The President Lee said,
“I felt good because the fellow Donggukians gladly participated in this event. We are planning to supplement the deficiency by reflecting feedbacks from participants and make the meditation competition better next year. I would also like to add that Dyeon would try to get closer to Donggukians by hosting many offline as well as online events.”
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