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    Temple stay is not only about Buddhism but a cultural-experience program to help you understand Korea better, in addition to experiencing a Korean Buddhist monastic life. You will achieve the kind of peace of mind that is so needed in this complicated and hectic modern world through various programs such as Buddhist Service(Yebul), Meditation(Chamseon), 108 bows, Tea Ceremony(Dahdoh) etc. People of all religions are welcome to participate in the temple stay. Although some of the practices may seem foreign, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone for just a while and experience life from a different viewpoint. We are happy that you are open-minded to such an experience. We hope you will have countless pleasant memories from this short, personal journey.




    Ceremonial Service (Yebul)
    Yebul is a ceremonial service to pay respects to the Buddha. This solemn ceremonial service is held 3 times a day ; in the morning, midday, and evening. This ceremony also aids in helping to clear one's mind

    Making Lotus Lanterns
    Snowy lotus flowers blooming from the puddle of mud signifies the everlasting wisdom. A popular form of Buddhist art, lotus lanterns made by hands constitute one of the most important offerings dedicated to the Buddha for his birthday.

    Zen Meditation (Chamseon)
    Zen is known as "Seon" in Korean. Chamseon is a form of meditation that allows a person to reflect upon oneself. It is a spiritual practice that people of all religions can participate in and benifit from.
     

    108 Buddhist Beads Threading
    Prayer beads are reminders to Buddhists to devote them seleves to the most important work of following in the steps of the Buddha. The signficance of making prayer beads is not confined to the physical product, the beas itself, for the beads are meaningful in that they contain within them the participants' prayers and hopes. These beads represent more than the sum of its parts.

    108 bows
    This is part of the Buddhist belief that mankind goes through 108 periods of anguish in life and should make the 108 bows to be free from this anguish. It is considered a humbling meditaiton practice. Also, this practice is designed to humble oneself and show respect to others.

    Communal Buddhist Meal Service (Balwoo gongyang)
    Balwoo gongyang is a unique and special way of eating in Korean temples. At this communal meal practice the meal is eaten in total silence and not a single grain of rice is wasted. In this way, we can reflect inwardly and not be distracted by outwardly actions. Although it is a meal, it is also a time of reverence.

    Temple Tour
    By touring in the temple compound, you will see and feel the history and beauty of Beomeosa.
     

    Tea Ceremony (Dahdo)
    Making and enjoying good tea is one of the practices of the Buddhist religion. Koreans say that there are serveral ways to enjoy good tea. One should start off by enjoying the sounds of water boiling and then relax with the soothing aroma of tea and seeing its soft and subtle colors. Lastly, one can feel the warmth of the tea radiation through the cup as they slowly savor the taste. It is more than merely a drink ; the process is meaningful and solemn.

    Community Work (Ulyeok)
    Residents in the temple all work together. The community work is a function of Seon Meditation. Infact, an old Seon proverb says "a day without work is a day without food." Ulyeok includes farming, sprucing up living areas, or cleaning a courtrard. It is not just physical work but should be considered as another way of practicing, developing patience and discipline. When you engage in this practice, think of yourself as working in a group to better the group while at the same time bettering yourself.

    Tour to hermitages
    This program consists of a tour to one of Beomeosa's hermitages(Amja). A walk around hermitage in the early morning may lead you to examine your attachment to the world and reflect upon your inner self. Introspective thought is considered a Buddhist virtue. As you will come to find out, these hermitages lived with very few material possessions, as do many monastic.
    
     
     



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