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.

http://www.wonbuddhismvalley.org

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* Ongoing Weekly Programs

Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing programs.

• Saturday Meditation (English) : Saturdays, 10:30 AM - 11:40 AM

• Dharma & Meditation Service (English & Korean) : Sundays, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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* Meditation

It is a practice that calms delusive thoughts and manifests one’s true nature.

It is a method that causes the fire energy to descend and the water energy to ascend.

Meditation is a blessed practice of living in the moment. Meditation embodies the here and now.

When I meditate, I breathe together with the whole universe.

When I meditate, I become one with the universe.

When I meditate, I am the universe.

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* What is Won Buddhism?

Founded in 1916, Won Buddhism was started by the Korean teacher Park, Joongbin (1891-1943) known as Sotaesan. Won Buddhism is the path that leads us to become enlightened to the truth.

The word 'Won' (圓) literally means circle and symbolizes the ultimate truth. 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 (One-Circle-Image) represents our true home to which we may all return.

In order to manifest one's true nature, one can learn how to train the mind through meditation, mindfulness, and realization of the perpetual, infinite beneficence ('eun', also translated as Grace) we receive and give. This can be the key to a happy and successful life.

Ven. 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. Ven. Sotaesan, after his enlightenment, observed the modern world where the human spirit had become weakened and enslaved by the rapidly developing material civilization.

He therefore established a communal life setting with the founding motto, “With this Great Unfolding of material civilization, Let there be a Great Unfolding of spirituality.” This was the beginning of Won Buddhism.

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.

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* What is Practice?

Spiritual practice is returning to our home, our true self, through discovering our original nature, which is inherently wise and compassionate, lacking nothing.

When the ripples disappear from the surface of a lake, the moon is reflected accurately. Similarly, spiritual practice begins with calming down and concentrating our minds. From the surface of a calm, tranquil and focused mind, wisdom, compassion, inner happiness and freedom will arise

Buddhist practice aims to lead all practitioners to be free from suffering.

The root of our suffering is our ego. All of our desires and wandering thoughts originate from our sense of self. Everything is of our mind’s creation. This world and our lives are the manifestation of our minds.

Therefore, the goal of Buddhist practice is awakening to the empty nature of ourselves, dwelling in our true self which is in reality no-self.

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* What is Won Buddhist Practice?

Traditional Buddhist practice emphasizes the realization of our original mind. Won Buddhist practice puts more emphasis on using our mind.

Ven. Sotaesan, the founding master of Won Buddhism, said that a living religion or practice is not separate from our ordinary lives, and that Buddhadharma exists for the sake of our life, not the other way around. Won Buddhist practice is characterized by a balanced and simultaneous practice of the Threefold Practice in our daily lives.

Mindfulness in daily life is the essence of Won Buddhist practice.

Upcoming events (5)

Saturday Meditation

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

Throughout the year, we cultivate a calm sense of presence through various forms of meditation - sitting, moving, lying down, etc. We usually begin with simple movement and stretching at 10:20 AM, followed silent sitting meditation (20 min. - 30 min.), and contemplation. We also practice vibration chanting meditation, lying down meditation, walking meditation or other types of mindfulness training. Loose-fitting clothing for easy breathing and stretching is appropriate. Beginners and all levels of practitioners are welcome. Since this program includes instructions and guided meditation, if you are new to our temple, this is a good place to start. Suggested donation for one session is $5. Thank you for respecting our practice space, supported solely through your generosity. It's time to discover, recover and nurture your true nature. Come and meditate with us!

Dharma & Meditation Service (Korean)

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

The Sunday Dharma & Meditation Service is open to the public and is offered every week (in Korean). Our service format consists of sitting meditation, chanting, prayer, Scripture reading, dharma talk and conversation. Teachings usually address a variety of subjects including mind study, meditation techniques, the central tenets of Buddhism, mindful living, and the path to spiritual awakening. Through the dharma talk and group conversation, you will learn how to maintain the meditative state of mind in your daily activities, and how to apply Buddhadharma to enrich every day. Come and immerse yourself in peace and wisdom. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. The meditation temple is self-supporting through your donations alone; thank you for your generosity!

Saturday Meditation

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

Throughout the year, we cultivate a calm sense of presence through various forms of meditation - sitting, moving, lying down, etc. We usually begin with simple movement and stretching at 10:20 AM, followed silent sitting meditation (20 min. - 30 min.), and contemplation. We also practice vibration chanting meditation, lying down meditation, walking meditation or other types of mindfulness training. Loose-fitting clothing for easy breathing and stretching is appropriate. Beginners and all levels of practitioners are welcome. Since this program includes instructions and guided meditation, if you are new to our temple, this is a good place to start. Suggested donation for one session is $5. Thank you for respecting our practice space, supported solely through your generosity. It's time to discover, recover and nurture your true nature. Come and meditate with us!

Dharma & Meditation Service (Korean)

Won Buddhist Meditation Center

The Sunday Dharma & Meditation Service is open to the public and is offered every week (in Korean). Our service format consists of sitting meditation, chanting, prayer, Scripture reading, dharma talk and conversation. Teachings usually address a variety of subjects including mind study, meditation techniques, the central tenets of Buddhism, mindful living, and the path to spiritual awakening. Through the dharma talk and group conversation, you will learn how to maintain the meditative state of mind in your daily activities, and how to apply Buddhadharma to enrich every day. Come and immerse yourself in peace and wisdom. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. The meditation temple is self-supporting through your donations alone; thank you for your generosity!

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Dharma & Meditation Service (Korean)

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