Anniversary of Won Buddhism & Sotaesan’s Enlightenment
Sunday 11am, April/29/2018
Join us for the 103rd Anniversary of Won Buddhism and the Great Master Sotaesan’s Enlightenment. We follow Sotaesan’s vision of living the teaching of Buddha with simplicity and commitment in this highly modern and materialistic society. As a way to celebrate the anniversary, Won Buddhists throughout the world will involve in many special humanitarian activities as living testimony to the spreading of love and good will that Sotaesan embodied.
On the twenty eighth of April, The Founding Master, Sotaesan upon the attainment of his great Enlightenment, said,
All beings are of one Reality and all things and principles originate from one source, where the Truth of No Birth and No Death and the Principle of Cause and Effect operate as a perfect organ on an interrelated basis.
As spring energy nourishes new life on earth, Let us renew our commitment with this celebration.
Vegetarian lunch will be served after the service.
Dharma Talk: Ven. Bokin Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Bokin Kim is the president of the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA. Dr. Kim is an ordained Won Buddhist minister and one of the founding members of the Won Buddhist Temple in Philadelphia. She completed her PhD in religion at Temple University (PA) and her undergraduate work in Korea.
Dr. Kim was the pivotal influence in the founding of the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, which started with seven pioneering students in 2002. She served as Academic Dean from 2002-2010. Under her academic leadership the Institute is regionally and programmatically accredited and has organized many national and international conferences dealing with an array of issues, including visions for Won Buddhism, women’s spirituality, medicine and spirituality, trends in Buddhist studies, and meditation studies.
Dr. Kim was appointed as the second President in 2011 and ushered in the second decade of the Won Institute. Under her leadership the Institute has renewed its mission of promoting the wellbeing of individuals and society by offering quality graduate-level education emphasizing spiritual and personal development and professional achievement. Dr. Kim has clarified and reaffirmed that mission by identifying Integrative Education as the Institute’s educational philosophy and identity.
Dr. Kim’s vision is for the Institute to become a recognized leader in delivering Integrative Education by integrating academic studies with spiritual cultivation; through innovative teaching and research in the areas of Won Buddhist edification, meditation practice, and acupuncture and herbal studies; by operating successful clinics based on integrative medicine and a variety of acupuncture and other modalities; and by ‘friend-raising’ – furthering collaboration with academic institutions including Won Buddhist universities in Korea, medical schools/hospitals, businesses and corporations, and various religious communities.