2019 Year-End Giving Campaign

Your year-end giving makes a difference!

Our Won Buddhist Manhattan Temple is a place of calm, peaceful sharing, and meditation. We are your spiritual home and you are a cherished member of our inclusive, safe, and welcoming community. It is your participation and generosity as a member that enables us to continue our shared vision and practice. It is your donations that enable us to keep our doors open. We hope that you enjoyed and will continue to enjoy sharing Buddha Dharma and the meditation practice. 

We hope your practice with us has benefited you in the present and will do the same in the future.


Life is busy for all of us. We have ups, downs, commitments, work, family, friends and many other things that pull at all of our senses. Distracting us from being in the present moment. Won Buddhism is teaching me to take care of myself, in doing so I can pay it forward and take care of others. 
I have always been very curious about Buddhist teachings. In line with that curiosity, I began to seek out places where I could learn and grow.  I chose to visit the Won Buddhist Temple in Manhattan because as a U.S. Army Soldier, I served two tours in South Korea. Serving two nations and many peoples has given me a unique outlook on unity and togetherness. I am thankful for the Kyomunims who work hard to educate and teach lay members and the community with dharma messages, funny stories and a word of encouragement when needed. Won Buddhism is a practice I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The teachings of Master Sotaesan are truth; from this truth we can gain wisdom in how we go about our practice of Buddhism despite our busy lives
Each day is a new day
Start it with patience
Each day is a new day 
Start it with gratitude
Each day is a new day 
Start with love and kindness 
Each day is a new day 
Start with reflection and prayer
Each day is a new day 
Vow to practice and learn the way
In Dharma Steven Hines, Won Do Geun.


Won Buddhism came into my life back in 2015, when I was still a graduate student. At that time, I was searching for a buddhist temple where I could cultivate my buddha nature. I recalled at my first Sunday chanting meditation, I could not chant Na-Mu Ah-Mi-Ta Bul with the group, my tears came out because the group chanting was so powerful. After months of practicing and attending the temple more regularly, I started to take the essence of the dharma practice into my daily life. I am more patient, gentle, and compassionate to others. I let go of all the excuses, and try my best to attend Sunday service on time. I am deeply grateful for having my dharma teachers and this loving community. 
With Gratitude, Yen-I Lai, Won Shi Eun.


Because we are a community, intertwined, learning together, growing together, we ask for your support of our vision by making an end-of-year donation.

WBM is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
All donations made to WBM are tax-deductible.

There are three ways for you to make donations to our temple.

  • Donate by check: Make your check payable to Won Buddhist International and mail it to
    431East 57th St. New York, NY 10022
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  • Donate via Venmo: Scan the venmo code below or Click Here