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Second Buddhist Retreat for Vietnamese Community in Busan, South Korea
by Dieu Thanh, The Buddhist Channel, Oct 5, 2015
Busan, South Korea -- A new turning point was attained by the Vietnamese community residing in Korea to learn the Buddha's teachings when Chuyen Tu monastery, headed by Ven. Thich Thien Thuan hosted the second Buddhist retreat at Sam Kwang Temple, Busan city, Korea from September 26th to 29th 2015.
The retreat was witnessed by Most Ven Thich Quang Nhuan – Vice Chairman of Proclaiming Committee of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and Ven. Thich Thien Thuan – Vice Secretary cum Chief of Board of Directors Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province.
The Board of Preceptor includes Chief Nun Thich nu Thuan Tri, who is Chief of Education for Nun Committee Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (Ba Ria – Vung Tau province), Ven. Thich Hanh Bao – Member of The World Buddhist Sangha Council, and monks of Chuyen Tu monastery (Ba Ria – Vung Tau province).
The “Short-term monastery retreat” was specially organized for those who wish to become monks during the short four days duration. Thirty one lay Buddhists participated in the event.
They were trained to live a monk’s life under strict regulations, with their hair shaved, undertaking vows to follow precepts (as monks), chanting, engage in walking meditation and begging for food.
For many of the participants, the retreat was indeed a “heart and eye opening" experience, providing a renewed sense of the spirit as well renewing vigor for daily living.
Further details of the event can be viewed on the official website www.vienchuyentu.com.