Dharma Online: Jungto Society Opens Registration for Spring Start of Jungto Dharma School with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

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Venerable Pomnyun Sunim. Image courtesy of Jungto Company

The Jungto Society, the international Buddhist community founded by revered Korean Dharma Master and social activist Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님), has announced that its popular online Buddhist study and practice course, Jungto Dharma School, will return in March, with online registration now. open to new students.

Fri. Pomnyun Sunim, the leading Dharma teacher of the Jungto Society, first opened the Jungto Dharma School 31 years ago in Korea to share the original teachings of the Buddha with lay practitioners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jungto Society created an online English-language program – Jungto Dharma School: Introduction to Buddhism I – that is available to students of Buddhism around the world.

“Under the leadership of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, you will learn how the mind works and experience changes in your outlook on life,” Jungto Society shared with BDG. “As a student of the Jungto Dharma School, you will not only study Buddhist doctrines (the fundamental teachings of the Buddha), but you will also gain practical wisdom that will help you solve various problems in your life. Additionally, you will practice applying the teachings to your daily life.

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Jungto Dharma School's 20-week, self-paced program includes all online course materials and tools, weekly online meetings with group members and facilitators, and live Dharma discussions with Ven. . Pomnyun Sunim. Course content includes core modules on understanding the fundamental teachings of the Buddha and approaching key philosophical concepts, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, causality, dependent origination and enlightenment, as well as how these concepts and practices can be applied in everyday life. life.

Spring classes are scheduled to begin March 12.

“Throughout its 32-year history, Jungto Dharma School has helped countless people transform their lives,” Jungto Company said. “This 20-week program will help participants learn how to live a freer and happier life in accordance with Buddhist teachings. »

Click here for full details and to register

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Jungto Dharma School alumni shared their thoughts on their learning experience and how their lives and personal practices have benefited:

Before taking this course, I began studying Buddhist philosophy on my own to help me in my career as a therapist and also to help me deal with my own anxiety around things like death and success. This course taught me how much more effective it is to practice Buddhist principles consistently with a group of other curious and dedicated people than to simply read. I learned that even without understanding Buddhist philosophy very well, you can greatly calm your anxiety through these timeless practices. -Gordon

Through the Jungto Buddhism Dharma course, I learned about concepts such as the middle path, interdependence, karma and enlightenment. I have heard these words before and may have used them without fully understanding what they mean. Being in this course helped me understand what they mean, as Sunim explains complex terms in a simple, straightforward style that anyone can understand. The volunteers have been inspiring with their dedication and commitment to being available to us and helping us along the way. My classmates and their sharing influenced me to understand other perspectives. -Ruha

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“Buddhist teachings should be practiced, not just learned,” said Ven. Pomnyun Sunim “The main goal of the Jungto Dharma school is to understand how negative feelings and states of mind manifest in our daily lives, and then to experience how these negative psychological states can be transformed into positive ones. The most important thing is that you experience and practice this path for yourself.

Fri. Pomnyun Sunim is a revered Korean teacher, author, and social activist. He has founded numerous organizations, initiatives and projects around the world, including: JTS Korea, an international humanitarian aid organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger; Jungto Society, a voluntary community based on the teachings of the Buddha and dedicated to solving modern social problems that lead to suffering; Ecobuddha, an organization focused on environmental ethics and sustainable living based on the teachings of the Buddha; and Good Friends, which promotes reconciliation and cooperation between North and South Korea and provides humanitarian aid to North Koreans. Fri. Pomnyun Sunim also works closely with the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB).

In October 2020, the Niwano Peace Foundation in Japan presented the 37th Niwano Peace Prize to Ven. Pomnyun Sunim in recognition of his international humanitarian work, his intensive environmental and social activism, and his tireless efforts to build trust and goodwill between communities of different faiths and cultures, towards the goal of world peace .*

* Buddhist monk Ven. Pomnyun Sunim receives the 37th Niwano Peace Prize (BDG)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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