What we're about

The Won Buddhist Meditation Center of Valley is located in North Hills, California.

We welcome all people interested in expanding opportunities for peace and happiness through many types of meditation and mindfulness training. In the spirit of open community, we welcome everyone.

Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing programs.

* Dharma & Meditation Service (English) : Saturdays, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

- Every Second Saturday (2:00 PM -3:30 PM), we usually do not have this Service.

* Dharma & Meditation Service (Korean & English) : Every Second Sunday, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

* Evening Meditation : Tuesdays, 7:00 PM - 8:20 PM

The name Won Buddhism (Won-Bul-Kyo) is a compound word in Korean for truth, enlightenment, and teaching. 'Won' means circle and symbolizes the ultimate truth; 'Bul' means enlightenment; 'Kyo' means teaching the truth. Therefore, Won Buddhism is the path that leads us to become enlightened to the truth.

Sotaesan, the Founding Master of Won Buddhism, realized supreme enlightenment in 1916 in Korea, after years of searching for the truth and doing many ascetic practices. He embraced the Buddha’s teaching, yet he modernized and revitalized the traditional Buddhadharma so that people in the secular world could use it to enrich their everyday lives.

MIND PRACTICE

Everything is of our mind’s creation. This is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching. This world and our lives are the manifestation of our minds. Using our minds skillfully is fundamental and the key to leading happy and successful lives. Through cultivating faith in the truth and practicing morality based on facts, Won Buddhism teaches us how to use our minds well.

IL WON SANG

The Il-Won-Sang (One-Circle-Image) is enshrined at the altar in Won Buddhism temples. It is a symbol of the ultimate reality; the origin of all things in the universe, the truth that all the buddhas and sages awaken to, and the original nature of all sentient beings.

When our minds are without defilement, desires, or attachments, we are as clear as space and as clean and reflective as a perfect mirror. This is the realm before any thought arises. This is beginner's mind; this is who we really are. In this pure space, all religions, traditions, and philosophies can join together. The Il-Won-Sang represents our true home to which we may all return.

Upcoming events (5+)

Dharma & Meditation Service

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

Come and immerse yourself in peace and wisdom. * Chanting, Lying Down Meditation, Sitting Meditation, Dharma Talk, Conversation, etc.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

How often do you spend time to rest your body and mind? We gather on Tuesday evening to close our day in meditation. This meditation practice includes stretching, sitting meditation, lying down, and chanting. We usually chant “Na-Mu Ah-Mee Tah-Bul,” a classical Buddhist chant meaning “May I return to my true nature within.” Sitting meditation is a practice that, in the mind, calms deluded thoughts and manifests the true nature. It is also a method that, in the body, causes the fiery energy to descend and the watery energy to ascend. Consequently, one's body and mind will remain serene in perfect harmony, and both the spirit and energy will be refreshed. - All are welcome. - Fee by donation

Dharma & Meditation Service

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

Come and immerse yourself in peace and wisdom. * Chanting, Lying Down Meditation, Sitting Meditation, Dharma Talk, Conversation, etc.

Tuesday Evening Meditation

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

How often do you spend time to rest your body and mind? We gather on Tuesday evening to close our day in meditation. This meditation practice includes stretching, sitting meditation, lying down, and chanting. We usually chant “Na-Mu Ah-Mee Tah-Bul,” a classical Buddhist chant meaning “May I return to my true nature within.” Sitting meditation is a practice that, in the mind, calms deluded thoughts and manifests the true nature. It is also a method that, in the body, causes the fiery energy to descend and the watery energy to ascend. Consequently, one's body and mind will remain serene in perfect harmony, and both the spirit and energy will be refreshed. - All are welcome. - Fee by donation

Past events (81)

Tuesday Evening Meditation

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

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