NC Won Buddhist Temple Retreat – In Nature, Our True Nature
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.
Our true nature is the state of mind that exists before sadness, worry, anger, happiness, or joy. In true nature, there is nothing to defend. There is nothing lacking or overflowing—no sense of success or failure. Our true nature cannot be described in words but is always there. It is indestructible.
This retreat will focus on cultivating equanimity, insight, and mindfulness with nature as our dharma teacher. We will deepen our practice through silent meditation, chanting, body movement, dharma discourse, small group conversation, and one-on-one interviews. The mind-body relationship is integral to this experience, so we will include ample movement (stretching, Tai-chi, Qigong) and rest time to balance chi-energy.
This retreat draws on the heritage of Won Buddhism, a modern spiritual movement from Korea, with philosophical background in Taoism, Confucianism and traditional Buddhism.
Rev. WonGong (affectionately known as Rev. Wow!Gong) is the 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, sharing Won Buddhist philosophy and meditation. As a master of integrating the concepts of Buddhism into daily practice, Rev. WonGong uses creative forms of meditation with body movement, vocal Qigong, breathing techniques, guided meditation, and laughter. Her online and in-person retreats are eclectic and insightful. Rev. WonGong’s wisdom and kind, compassionate nature make her an effective life counselor and teacher for people of all ages and experience. She is a leading Korean-to-English translator of dharma teachings and loves gardening and singing; Rev. WonGong has released two CDs—Chants for Healing (2020) and Chants of Samadhi (2018).