Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

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Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by Jeenia » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:58 am

I came across the http://www.wonbuddhism.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; website and found it rather interesting and wanted to know if anyone here practices it.

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by DGA » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:24 pm

I do not, but I have read some of their teachings and met some practitioners. If there's a temple or center in your area, perhaps pay a visit and see?

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by Luke » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:07 pm

I don't practice Won Buddhism either, but I find it interesting. I started a thread about it a long time ago, but unfortunately, no one ever replied.
http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=11643

I don't know where the Won Buddhists are on the internet... Perhaps they stay on their own forums?

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by Doyle Lee » Wed May 28, 2014 2:56 pm

Hi~ I just found this question while I'm goolgling some information.

Thus, I would like to response to your question as I know about it. Perhaps the time passed by so long.. though.


You can search the information of Won Buddhism via website: http://www.wonbuddhism.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
and also here are other information of them:
Won Buddhism of Manhattan temple : www. nyc.wonbuddhism.org
http://www.wonbuddhist.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Won Dharma Center : http://www.wondharmacenter.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There are several temples in the East part and West America.
in Chicago, Boston, New york, Philadelpia, Washington, North Carolina, Florida.
San francisco, Berkley, LA, San diego, Colorado(denver), Texas...etc. I can remember only these things.

Here is what I can respond to it with my poor English. :)
Thanks. Palms together. _()_

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by Caodemarte » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:29 am

In case anybody else is interested in this old topic, there are several groups with different roots , some that look legitimate and some that don't, that now call themselves Won Buddhists. This does not appear to be an attempt to deceive, but mostly just a common choice of a good name (Won is the Korean for the symbol for enlightenment or enso in Japanese).

There used to be one Korean organization that used the name. Years later there was another. Both were fairy generic in terms of Korean Buddhist thought and both were strongly focussed on the laity. In the last few years other groups (some apparently based in the West) have sprung up using the term Won Buddhism, but not strongly linked to either of the two original groups. Some appear to profess generic Buddhist thought, but some appear to be fairly eccentric.

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by Jetavan » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:56 pm

Caodemarte wrote:In case anybody else is interested in this old topic, there are several groups with different roots , some that look legitimate and some that don't, that now call themselves Won Buddhists.
It takes Won to know Won.

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Re: Does anyone here practice won buddhism?

Post by kimjihoon5924 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:33 pm

In South Korea, Won Buddhism is not registered as sect of Korean Buddhism, but an independent religion, influenced by Buddhism, Confucian, Taoist and Cheondoism. Won Buddhism was not founded by any member of the Sangha (Bhikku, Bhikkuni, Upasaka, Upasika) but a man named Park Jongbin Daejongsa, his was nicknamed 'Gandhi of Joseon' for his contribution towards peaceful independence movement during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Empire. He has supposedly attained enlightenment on 28th April 1916. After his enlightenment, he started to study books of various religions and after having read the Diamond sutra, he have proclaimed that his enlightenment was similar to that of Shakyamuni Buddha. Therefore, Won Buddhism is a religion with a mixture of Buddhism and other oriental religions. Although they do accept some Mahayana Buddhist sutras, they have their own sutras like Jeongjeon and Daejonggyeong. They do not differentiate monks and lay practitioners. Won Buddhism is heavily funded by Samsung group, the largest Korean conglomerate, as Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee his wife Hong ra-hee are devout practitioners.

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