THE CENTER IS AN OPENED SPACE
ONE'S SPIRITUALITY AND HUMANITY
NEWS & EVENTS
MAY / 2023
Memorial Day Weekend Meditation Retreat: Meditation as the Path to Our True Nature
[Won Dharma Center Retreat] Meditation as the Path to Our True Nature (May 26 ~ May 29, 2023)
2023 SELF RETREATS
Sometimes we simply feel the need to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate in order to redirect our lives.
Self Retreat Programs
by Won Dharma Center,
MAY / 2023
PUBLICATION OF "JOURNAL, MEDITATION & MIND STUDY
IN WON BUDDHISM"
THE SOTAESAN CENTER
TO THE SOTAESAN CENTER
The Center as a non-profit organization is open to the public who are interested in cultivating spirituality and humanity. The Center offers meditation, mind study, and Won-Buddhism studies and welcomes anyone, whether you are a serious practitioner or a simply curious visitor. The center also operates a small free library for the public. It has a collection of books related to spiritual inspiration, meditation, mind study, philosophy, Buddhism, and Won-Buddhism.
TIMELESS SŎN (ZEN)
THE WAY OF DAILY-LIVES MEDITATION
Timeless Sŏn(Zen) is the way of practicing meditation at all times, every day. It is not only the way to maintain a peaceful, focused, and right state of mind, but it is also a way to use our original mind well in our daily activities. Authentic practice begins with realizing our true nature, and based on that realization, we practitioners cultivate our original mind through meditation. The fruit of being enlightened to and nurturing our original mind is the ability to use our minds properly to enrich our lives.
THE GRACE IN THE WORLD WE LIVE
Won Buddhism was established by Great Master Sotaesan in Korea in 1916 with the founding motto: “As material civilization develops, cultivate spi-ritual civilization accordingly.” Won Buddhism shares main tenets and aspects with Mahayana Buddhism, one of the two major traditions of Buddhism. At the same time, it has built on and developed Mahayana Buddhism with the following tenets:
Materialism is a fact we cannot avoid. However, as contemporary society becomes increasingly materialistic, technologically advanced, and globally integrated, it is critical to develop our spirituality in equal measure.
IL-WON-SANG, a circle which symbolizes our true self
THE SOTAESAN CENTER & WON BUDDHISM OF AUSTIN
The mission of the Sotaesan Center is to provide the space for one’s nurturing holistic well-being and spiritual growth.
To realize that goal, in this era when human minds could lose equilibrium by heavily depending on material civilization, the Sotaesan Center is creating a spiritual community where people from all walks of life study mind and dharma, practice and work together, regardless of their faiths, in order to enlighten their minds and to develop their spirituality.
Meditation is a practice that, in the mind, calms wandering thoughts and manifests the true nature. It is also a method that, in the body, causes the fire energy to descend and the water energy to ascend. As delusive thoughts are calmed, the water energy will ascend; as the water energy ascends, the delusive thoughts will be calmed. Consequently, one’s body and mind will be in perfect harmony, and both the spirit and energy will be refreshed.
The currently ongoing programs in The Sotaesan Center is always open to the public, and the list of the program centers around meditation, which offers you an opportunity to cultivate your mind, and to practice to improve the integration of your body and mind through mindful concentration. This practice will provide various meditation instructions in sitting, walking, chanting, and moving meditation. Also, you can empower your mind and awaken your spirit via Dharma Meeting.