[Won Retreat] Retreat for Aspirant Lay Teachers & Dedicated Practitioners

Il-Won-Sang Vow and My Vow

Begin: Friday, August 5, 2022, (Check-in from 3:30 pm)
End: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Registration: Click HERE to Register Online
Location: Won Dharma Center (Click HERE for directions)
Contact:  info@wondharmacenter.org / 518-851-2581

Please read our COVID Safety Protocols for In-person Retreats

This retreat is invitation only. Those who would like to participate in this retreat need to consult with their temple minister first.

Registration is now open.

Il-Won-Sang Vow and My Vow

When we get lost in a forest it is best to retrace our steps to the last place we recognize as the correct path. Only from there can we proceed with confidence  

We can apply the same method when our life and practice are guided by scriptures, because they too can lead us astray if we do not understand them correctly. 

Il-Won-Sang Vow is the most essential and profound teaching of Won Buddhism. Our Founding Master, Soetaesan, conceived it with great sincerity and dedication. He would say that even if the world as we know it were to cease to exist, Il-Won-Sang Vow would make it possible for Won Buddhism to be revived again.

During this 5-day retreat, we will contemplate and study the Il-Won-Sang Vow. We will seek to understand its deeper meanings and begin to practice this singular teaching of Won Buddhism so that we can enrich our spiritual practice as well as our daily lives.

The Won Dharma Center is honored to have Ven. Juksan as the lead teacher for this retreat. He is the Head Dharma Teacher of North America and the spiritual leader of all Won Buddhists across North America.

Retreat rate per person

  • Single room $450
  • Commuter $200

To complete registration, please (1) fill in the application form and (2) make a payment. A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required for all reservations. To make a reservation, you may use PayPal button below.

We encourage you to use PayPal for your deposit, for your convenience. However, since PayPal charges the WDC a fee (3.49%) for each transaction, we request that the balance be paid via check, if possible. You can pay the balance upon your arrival.

Please make your check payable to Won Dharma Center and mail it to: Won Dharma Center 361 Route 23 Claverack, NY, 12513


Guiding Teachers:

Venerable Juksanim was officially appointed Head Dharma Master of the Won Buddhism USA on January 12th, 2021. Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism said that every nation should have its own Head Dharma Master to help spread Won Buddhism dharma in the different cultural environments of the world. In 1999, a new article, The Overseas Headquarters, was added to the Won Buddhism Constitution so that each country could legally have its own Head Dharma Master. Read More

Rev. Dosung Yoo is dedicated to modernizing Buddhist thought and tenets so that they are accessible and useful in enriching everyday life.  Currently, Rev. Yoo is at the Won Dharma Center in upstate New York actively building a spiritual community in support of practitioners from various traditions to realize their inner life and peace. Read More

Rev. Hojin Park is a Won Buddhist minister, Dharma Chaplain and faculty at Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Hojin is her dharma name. She obtained her doctorate Degree in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University in Maryland and her Masters in Applied Meditation Studies at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Rev. Park has taught Buddhist Pastoral Counseling and Won Buddhist Scriptures to students at Won Institute. She has been working as a Buddhist student spiritual advisor at Swarthmore college and University of Pennsylvania.

Rev. Daesung Song has 35 years of experience in the martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido, as well as 25 years of study in Tai Chi, Baguazhang, and the healing energy arts of Qigong and Yoga. He has competed in international martial arts tournaments and taught in Korea, China, and the United States. Rev. Song’s true skill comes through in his ability to teach students at all levels with humility and gentleness. Read More

Rev. Grace (Sangjin) Song is the chairperson of the Won Buddhist Studies Department at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia. Rev. Song earned an M.A. in Won Buddhist Studies from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, PA. and a M.A. of Eastern Religion Studies from Seoul National University. She received her full ordination in 2006.Rev. Song’s Ph. D. thesis (The Relation of Mindfulness and Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Hope) focused on an empirical study of the effect of mindfulness practice in the field of education. Read More

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • If you cancel 7 or more days prior to the retreat, your payment will be refunded in full (less the $50 non-refundable deposit).
  • If you cancel less than 7 days in advance, a nonrefundable credit toward a future Won Dharma Center programs available. This credit will expire one year from the original retreat date.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the retreat arrival date, or if you leave the retreat early for any reason.

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