Guest Lecture on 'Mindfuless' by Chris Krägeloh at Won Meditation Centre

Won Buddhism Meditation Centre is hosting a Guest Lecture on "Mindfulness" in celebration of Sotaesan's (Founding master of Won Buddhism) Enlightenment Day. 

Dr Chris Krägeloh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Aukland University of Technology and a founding member of the New Zealand World Heath Organisation Quality of Life (WHOQOL). His research areas are: mindfulness, particularly how to measure mindfulness and how mindfulness in psychology is theoretically different from mindfulness in Buddhism. 
He is a lay Won-Buddhist teacher in training (pre-Wonmu) at the Auckland Gyodang in New Zealand.

The topic of "Mindfulness" is a very interesting topic in psychology. It is about healing and treating our mind, body and soul altogether at the same time. Today, many people wonderwhat it means to our lives, and how we approach to this concept in our daily lives. 

Lunch (Bibimbap, see the photo below) will be provided after the lecture. Also, there will be a Jangu (Korean traditional drum) performance on the day.

When: Sunday, 24 April 2016 at 10am
Where: Won Meditation Centre
20 Budaleer Crescent
Bensville, NSW 2251
Phone: 02 4368 2393
RSVP by 20 April 2016 (for catering purposes)
Please email us at

Donations are welcome!

* Important Schedule Notice *

Updated Schedule for December and January

There will be no Dharma Service on the following dates:

December 27th - closed for Christmas
January 3rd - replaced with New Year Service on Jan 1st

On Jan 6th, 7th & 8th the Kyomunim's will be in Melbourne to attend a Won Buddhism meeting.

Thus, the first program for 2016 will be the Dharma Service on January 10th.

If you have any questions about the schedule please reply to this email or call 02-4368-2393.

Newsletter for December & January

A Spiritual New Year Celebration

On January 1st 2016 we will have a special sunrise dharma service at Avoca Beach. Wake up early and join us between 4.30 - 5am as we welcome the new year with calm and hopeful minds. We will sit in meditation, watch the sun rise and move our bodies in gentle yoga stretches. 

After our time on the beach we will return to Won Meditation Centre for Dharma Service at 8am when Head Dharma Master Kyongsan's New Year message will be read.

After that, let's eat traditional tteokguk - rice cake soup together.
The white tteok signifying purity and cleanliness would be eaten as a ritual to start off the New Year for good fortune."

What better way to begin the new year?

January 1st 2016
Sunrise Meditation - Avoca Beach - Arrive before sunrise
Dharma service & Soup - Won Meditation Centre-  8am

Special Prayers for Dharma Authentication Day

August 15th - 21st, 6pm 

21st August is the special holiday day for commemorating and celebrating the founding spirit of Won Buddhism as demonstrated by the nine disciples of Sotesan, who secured the legitimacy of the new Order from the realm of truth when they left their fingerprints on a sheet of white paper as a sign of acceptance of the injunction "Sacrifice without regret", which symbolized their infinite vow to create a peaceful and harmonious world, by committing to mind practice and devotion to public service.

For 7 days before that time our temple and homes shall be cleaned well, with a warm and calm spirit and one's body and mind purified. 

At 6pm each evening, from August 15th - 21st, the meditation hall will be open to the public for prayer, meditation and chanting. Children are welcome to come along and join in the service, but service will be kept as a quiet time.  

The week will culminate in the main ceremony on the 21st. All are welcome to attend on any of these evenings, but everyone is especially encouraged to attend on the 21st.

Thanks to our special guests

Many thanks to our wonderful Won Buddhist Kyomunims and friends from Korea who stopped by for dinner on wednesday as part of their visit to New Zealand and Australia, we loved your warmth, cheer and smiling faces and hope you enjoyed the food! 

A special thanks to our neighbor Rolley Burns, who dropped everything to come rescue the mud-stick tour bus, your kindness and generosity really saved the day!

Palms together,
Won Meditation Center

Working in the garden

Here at the Won Meditation Center, with the help of the Sydney Won Temple Minister and his wife, we planted baby trees, re-planted saplings (including tea, Avocado and mango plants!) and cleaned out weeded areas to make way for a new herb patch. The sun was shining in this beautiful garden and we all felt happy and grateful to work outside together after a tasty lunch.

Homemade Mulberry Tea


What are we up to today?

After trimming the Mulberry trees in the garden, we cleaned and dried the leaves for some delicious 뽕잎차! (Bongnip cha)

We can enjoy this lovely tea with gratitude to the grace of heaven and earth~ :-)

Research shows Mulberry leaf tea is really good for people who have a high blood pressure and diabetes. When you enjoy drinking it frequently with a calm mind, it could be a magic medicinal  tea for your mind and body... 

Buddha's Birthday 2015

A big thank you to everyone who joined us this Sunday for Buddha's Birthday celebration at the temple. We had a lovely service, with a special dharma talk and prayer of gratitude for the life and teachings of the Buddha. After service we all made delicate paper lotus lanterns in a bright and colorful expression of creativity. For lunch, we ate a delicious Korean meal of Bibimbab, yum!

You can see more photos on our Facebook page.