Courtesy of <Seoul Sarang Magazine>
It would be perfectly nice to stay at a quiet temple overnight and cultivate the body and mind and learn how to meditate, but busy people cannot afford to do so. For those of you busy folks, we have designed a temple stay program into a day trip. Participants can join in activities that take two to three hours and also experience meals, Buddhist services and meditation in a short period of time. Read on to find out more about the temple stay as a day trip program as part of the summer special article part 2.
Survey the temple and participate in one or two events. Participants can choose among a number of events including tea drinking and lotus flower making. The program takes a total of two to three hours, with slight variations depending on the event. The cost is 30,000 won for adults and 15,000 for teenagers.
2:00PM Temple survey
Arrive at the temple and look around. The master of ceremonies will introduce the temple and explain the three Buddhas and stone stupa at Jogyesa Temple. The great thing about the temple survey is that you are given an opportunity to see ‘Buddhist objects (samul)’ that are not shown to the public. Each Buddhist object, which includes the drum (beopgo), bell (beomjong), fish (mogeo), and cloud (unpan), contains the wish for peace among all things in the world.
2:20PM Video screening and self-reflection game
Upon completing the temple survey, participants will move to Gwaneomjeon Hall where temple stay programs will be held. After viewing a promotional video approximately 10 minutes long, participants will engage in a self-reflection game following the monk’s instructions. Two people pair up to ask each other questions such as “Who are you?” “What is your wish?” to look back on oneself. The point is to respond with spontaneous answers such as “I am a sweet cake” or “My wish is to become the wind.” Through repeating the same question five times, you become truly aware of your inner desires.
3:00PM Paper flower making
Paper flower is made by dyeing traditional Korean paper using natural ingredients and is used for various ceremonies at temples. Participants make a paper flower by gluing the prepared materials. Make flowers and reorient your body and mind.
3:50PM Tea drinking
Watch the tea master make tea and participate in a talk with the monk. Relax and drink tea in a tranquil atmosphere away from the busy daily life over two hours.
Recommended Temple Stay during the Day
Temple Stay PR Hall operated by the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism offers a simple temple stay program free of charge. Contact the temple to select or add programs to your one-day temple stay schedule.
Gilsangsa Temple, where Monk Bopjong once lived, operates a temple stay program under the theme of ‘One-Day Trip to Find Myself in the Middle of the City.’ The program consists of 108 bows, meditation, and conversation with monks and will take up to 3 hours. It is a great chance to experience Buddhist culture and meditation method in a short period of time. The cost is 10,000 won for adults and college students and 5,000 won for middle and high school students.
The International Seon center is frequently visited by foreigners. One-day temple stay is operated between 1:30pm and 5:30pm on weekdays. Learn temple manners and experience lotus lantern making, rosary making and salt mandala drawing, eat dinner and learn about Buddhist culture.
Outdoor temple stay with music. Available until September on the last Friday of each month. Enjoy the nightview of Jogyesa Temple and experience paper flower making, tea tasting and confectionary (dasik) making. The cost is 10,000 won. Another program is a temple stay food experiencing program where participants enjoy lunch at a temple food restaurant and talk with a monk over tea. The program will be operated until the end of August and the cost is 20,000 won. Submit your application on the website or contact the temple.