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A new book of the English version on Korean Buddhism was published by the Association of the Korean Buddhist Orders. It ...
03/01/2020

A new book of the English version on Korean Buddhism was published by the Association of the Korean Buddhist Orders.

It is the 10th book of the annual project by the organization.

Here is the list of the books that have been published by the AKBO.

2009 「Korean Buddhism」
2010 「Diary of a Koean Zen Monk」
2011 「6 Ways to the Heart」
2012 「Encounter with the Beauty of Korean Buddhism」
2013 「The Timeless Wisdom of Korean Seon Masters」
2014 「Myths and Legends of Buddhist Temples in Korea」
2015 「Grateful Offerings」
2017 「Understanding Korean Buddhism」
2018 「Empty and Marvellous」
2019 「Stepping into the Buddha’s Land」

If any of you want the books, The Korean Buddhist News, USA can contact the AKBO for you to check the availability.

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Yeong San Jae, The Grand Memorial Service for Korean War Victims & The Prayer for World Peace and Prosperity Coming Soon...
06/20/2016

Yeong San Jae, The Grand Memorial Service for Korean War Victims & The Prayer for World Peace and Prosperity

Coming Soon This Saturday in Los Angeles

on June 25, 2016

Forty Buddhist monks, who inherited the ancient form of memorial service and prayer, will perform the ceremony on this meaningful day of 66th anniversary of the Korean War.

Veterans and survivors from the 16 countries who fought the War will attend the event.

This is a rare opportunity to see the original Buddhist performance in the U.S.

Tickets are available at
http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/307968

Call Bongwon Sah Temple at Los Angeles at 213-304-0902
for more information about tickets.

Great Korean Buddhist Monks in the 20th Century
04/06/2016

Great Korean Buddhist Monks in the 20th Century

Great Korean Buddhist Monks in the 20th Century

Dharma BOOM of America is selling Buddha T-shirts from Korea. The t-shirts has calligraphic works of Heart Sutra and Bud...
03/10/2016

Dharma BOOM of America is selling Buddha T-shirts from Korea. The t-shirts has calligraphic works of Heart Sutra and Buddha in Chinese character. The image was brought from The renowned Korean Tripitaka. This is the only and first Buddhist t-shirts from the tripitaka, a world heritage designated by UNESCO.

Dharma BOOM of America, Inc is a New York-based supplier of books and items on Buddhism, and has been working since 2008 mainly off-line for Korean-American Buddhist community.

The t-shirts is $29.95 and shipping is free when it is ordered through email at [email protected].

"I am running this company to support Buddhist practitioners I also would like to show that Buddhism is a religion of beautiful culture that everyone can enjoy." says Dharma BOOM, president of Dharma BOOM of America.

Junggaksa Temple of Seattle is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in America. Beautiful nature surrounds the tem...
03/04/2016
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Junggaksa Temple of Seattle is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in America. Beautiful nature surrounds the temple year round. Recently, the temple completed the building of Dharma Hall. After 30 years of hard work for Dharma propagation at the spot, Jung Up Sunim, the abbot, finally made it. Also they set up a beautiful stupa, which added a sense of dharma world to already paradise-like environment.

If you are interested, go and sit there for a while.
Here is the address:

19903 244th Ave. S.E. Maple Valley, WA 98038
Tel. 425-413-1999

For Korean reporting, click

http://www.koreanbuddhism.us/zeroboard/view.php?id=budpress&no=139

미주한국불교 Korean Buddhism in The Americas

02/28/2016
Meditation Note from Alaska

The Korean Buddhist News USA announces a new column titled "Meditation Note from Alaska." We are pleased to introduce Yim Daesong who will write for this column. This column will be written in both Korean and English, and we will share the English version here in our Facebook edition of our paper. Thank you, Daesong, our new columnist for your contribution. Hope your Dharma will be enjoyed by all. Palms together.

http://www.koreanbuddhism.us/zeroboard/view.php?id=beopjang&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=6

미주한국불교 Korean Buddhism in The Americas

The Founder of Korean Buddhism In America is Zen Master Seung SahnBy Jong Kweon Yi Editor in chief, The Korean Buddhist ...
01/18/2016
“美대륙 한국불교 창건주는 숭산스님이다” - 불교는…불교신문

The Founder of Korean Buddhism In America is
Zen Master Seung Sahn

By Jong Kweon Yi
Editor in chief, The Korean Buddhist News, USA

Translated by Jong Kweon Yi & Kathy Park

Originally published in Bulgyo Sinmun (March 31, 2014)
http://www.ibulgyo.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=132745

When Buddhism crossed the Pacific and landed on the US soil, it is surely one of the most important moments in the 2600 years of Buddhist history. Like other major Asian nations with strong Buddhist heritage, Korea has planted its Buddhist lineage on this continent.

Lately there is a debate going on as to the initial inception and establishment of Korean Buddhism the US. The debate was ignited when Modern Buddhism of America argued that the arrival of Seo Kyungbo Sunim in the US in 1964 should be seen as the starting point of Korean Buddhism in America.

Studying and recording the footsteps of the first generation of Korean Buddhists in America is vital in helping to establish a clear direction for how Korean Buddhism will evolve going into the future for the next generations, and requires a wider forum of voices to debate it vigorously.
To make a long story short, this debate boils down to whether we recognize as founder of Korean Buddhism in america Seo Kyungbo Sunim who came to the US earlier or Zen Master Seung Sahn who established the successful Buddhist system and became a seminal teacher.

I do not deny that Seo Kyongbo Sunim is one of the greatest teachers in the contemporary Korean Buddhism. However, when it comes to the matter of assessing the role of Buddhist pioneer in America, we should have relevant criteria good for international propagation and Dharma transmission. Buddhist pioneer is not like someone who reached Mt. Everest for the first time. America is easy to come, and arrival itself, no matter how early it might be, can’t be an absolute factor. What should be counted more importantly is the achievements and influences after the arrival in the US.

What makes Zen Master Seung Sahn true founding pioneer of Korean Buddhism in America is the fact that he actually established the first Buddhist temples. Since his arrival in the US in 1972, he founded Talmasa in LA, Wongaksa and Jogyesa in NYC, and Bultasa in Chicago respectively. These original temples in the three largest cities in the US are still active as seminal temples of each area.

Trying to establish Buddhism in the US is like setting up a tent and making rice in a windy, rainy, empty, open field. Korean Buddhism in the US is not rich with bronze roof tiles, colorful temple buildings and comfortable templestay programs with delicious temple food. Of the numerous monks who crossed over to the US, few survived the many adversities and challenges of their existence far from their spiritual home and tradition. Temples in America are the proud and precious result of their struggle and effort made by those die-hard pioneers.

Many Koreans who visit the US are disappointed with temples humbly set up in small houses. But that’s surely overlooking the many trials, blood, sweat and tears that it takes to keep those temples alive. Without the strong determination much like that of a freedom fighter, it would not have been possible to establish Korean Buddhism in the US under the prevalent circumstances. This is why I argue that foundation of temple should be counted as the most crucial factor to estimate a Buddhist pioneer.

When a temple is established many things can happen; Dharma talks can be held regularly; slowly one by one, a place can begin to grow. Even governmental assistance is available. The temple becomes a refuge for Korean immigrants and can represent the community and be a gate for various local community networks. It is also an opening for both sunims and laypeople to be able to arrive in America, so that they could also establish temples in nearby vicinities or elsewhere.

It is a fact that the four original temples established by Zen Master Seung Sahn were able to invite many monks for permanent residency, who later founded other temples in many parts of America. Although it cannot be said that all Korean temples in the US were from this root, but it is clearly accepted that these temples are a “benchmark” in the original establishment of Korean Buddhism in America.

Zen Master Seung Sahn is mostly renown for having taught Westerners. Propagating overseas has two aspects; one is teaching to the Korean immigrant community so that their lives in their adopted country has the direction of Dharma and they find refuge despite the hardship of immigrant living. The second aspect is to teach the Dharma and thus continue the lineage of Dharma transmission and spreading the teaching to this new world.

Many Asian traditions from Japan, Tibet, China and Vietnam have spiritual teachers who teach the Dharma as leading and influential figures in the West. Likewise, Zen Master Seung Sahn transmitted the Dharma which comes down form Zen Master Kyong Ho and Zen Master Man Gong, by teaching Zen practice (ganhwasoen) and establishing the Dharma lineage legitimacy through the established Kwan Um School of Zen worldwide.
The history of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s early years and the making of his students can be found in How Swans Came to the Lake by Rick Fields, attesting that his teaching had successfully entered the Western mainstream.

Most Koreans understand Zen Master Seung Sahn as having many foreign students who became monastic such as Hyon Gak Sunim and Muryang Sunim. Zen Master Seung Sahn has many students within the Jogye Order and the Kwan Um School of Zen, and also established a system of transmission for lay students.
There are two aspects of his work; one is having students, and the second is establishing a center to continue the practice. ZMSS was successful in establishing many Kwan Um Zen centers in the US, making a foundation for Zen practice in the English-speaking world. Since the founding of Providence Zen Center in Rhode Island, there are 37 Kwan Um School centers in the US which are active, and worldwide, in 14 countries 50 centers are active, where everyday morning and evening there is chanting and 108 bows.

The important point to remember is not the outside accomplishments as seen above, but how these events have come to establish Korean Buddhism on the world map.
ZMSS established KUSZ as a worldwide network of chapters of practicing locations. Although it did not begin in Korea, it spread to Asia and Europe, and finally the focal point of the KUSZ is now in Korea at Musangsa. Musangsa is the ultimate refuge for foreign practitioners. It is important to see that the Dharma was transmitted throughout the world and returned to Korea.
As Korean Buddhists in America, it is imperative for us to closely understand ZMSS’s model as a precedent in Korean Buddhist history.

The fact that Korean Buddhism spread throughout the world from the US, having successfully transmitted it so that it became the world’s Buddhism, and was brought back to Korea, to it’s original refuge and home, is ZMSS’s legacy, which is the first and only model in the history of Korean Buddhism in America.
Zen Master Seung Sahn transmitted the Dharma worldwide since 1972 until entering nirvana in 2004, for 32 years. These years attest to not only his own ability, but also to the unlimited potential of Korean Buddhism itself. It shows that Korean Buddhism can help the world as nicely as any other Buddhist tradition in America, and Korea is also an ultimate place of pilgrimage for spiritual practitioners across the world.

Korean Buddhists in America and its supporters are at a crossroads now to clarify its foothold and root. This is an opportunity that points out that it is our responsibility as Korean Buddhists in the US, to do it for the sake of future generations. I sincerely wish for us all to applaud together with a fruitful conclusion.

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A roof of Bonweon Jeongsa in Suyu-dong, Seoul. A temple near Nagwon Villa where we lived for many years while I studied for a Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy at Dongguk. This temple was firebombed by fanatic Christians in April, 1996. the golden stupa was erected by the abbot when the temple was reconstructed with cement pillars a couple of years later. the Hall of the 500 Arahants was completely destroyed. this temple is just over a ridge from Hwagyesa which was also attacked that spring.
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