At Home Retreat – In Nature Our True Nature
Rev. WonGong So
November 8 - 11, 2020
Come and experience truth—the truth of our own nature! In Won Buddhism, our true nature is symbolized in the image of a circle: no beginning, no end—true voidness, marvelous existence.
To enrich and cultivate our self-reliant home practices, join our four-day retreat via ZOOM on November 8-11(Sunday 4 pm-Wednesday noon). This retreat includes meditation, prayer, chanting, Qigong, dharma discourse, small group conversation, one-on-one interviews, and personal home practice. The retreat will include ample breaks for meals, individual practice, and rest. You will be given offers opportunities to practice meditation at rest and in motion; you will be guided through sitting, movement, contemplation, journaling, DahnJon abiding meditation, and more.
The program is geared to develop equanimity, insight, and mindfulness through the four stages of Timeless Zen Meditation. In the spirit of community, all retreatants should plan to join at 4 PM on Sunday and stay through the final session on Wednesday, concluding at noon.
Won Buddhism is a modern, eclectic form of Buddhism, originating in Korea in 1916. Its founder, Sot’aesan, envisioned a practice that emphasizes equality among all economic groups, races, and genders—and between priests and laity. He believed that great enlightenment is possible without removing oneself from the everyday world; that practicing Gratitude and the Threefold Study (cultivating Equanimity, Inquiry, and Mindful Action) leads to individual awakening and transformation of the world into a Paradise
Rev. WonGong (affectionately known as Rev. Wow!Gong) is head dharma teacher at the Won Buddhism meditation temples in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a guest lecturer at schools, colleges, and meditation centers around the world, teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation to people of all agesand experience.
Rev. Wow! leads a variety of workshops, retreats, youth dharma camps, and cultural enrichment programs. She integrates creative forms of meditation with body movements, vocal Qigong, breathing techniques, guided meditation, and laughter. She is active in the international interfaith community and is a leading Korean-to-English translator of dharma teachings.
Rev. Wow! is a master of implementing ideas for integrating the concepts of Buddhism into daily practice. Her kind, compassionate, and wise nature makes her a valued life counselor and effective teacher. Rev. Wow! loves gardening and singing and recently released a CD, Chants of Samadhi for Daily Practice.