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Jeonggakwon Holds an English Buddhist Ceremony for Children

  There was an English Buddhist ceremony for children, supported by Jeonggakwon, a temple in DongGuk University
(DGU) on the 14th of March. The ceremony was held in the meditation room of Manhae Hall for the purpose of teaching Buddhism and English to children. Many children and their parents participated in the ceremony which was presided over by DGU Buddhist priests who are particularly good at English. One of them is a monk from the Czech Republic.
  It began with a prayer in front of Buddha. Children aged 11 to 13 didn't seem to know how to worship, but tried to follow the priests by holding their hands. "We, unlike other English classes, treat the life of Buddha in some detail," said an official from Jeonggakwon. All the contents of Buddhism were simplified for the children to understand easily. In the following English class, children made their English names, and spent time playing with the monks.
  "In addition to studying English, we hope the children feel friendly towards Buddhism and monks by this ceremony," said a student assistant. This English Buddhist Ceremony for Children will be conducted on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. It starts at 10 AM and ends at 11: 30 AM. You can participate only when you pay for the cost of the textbook-10,000 won.

 Yun Sang-young
 Post Reporter

Yun Sang-young  letterbee@dongguk.edu

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