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Jungto Society Launches Online Dharma School – Buddhistdoor Global

Jungto Society, the international Buddhist community founded by revered Korean master Seon (Zen) and social activist Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님),* has announced the launch of an online incarnation of its Jungto School study course Dharma.

Fri. Pomnyun Sunim, the Dharma Director Teacher of Jungto Society, first opened the Jungto Dharma School in Korea about 31 years ago. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jungto Society has created an online program in English – Jungto Dharma School: Introduction to Buddhism I – which will launch on March 22 and is available to Buddhism students worldwide.

“At Jungto Dharma School, you will learn the original teachings of the Buddha under the guidance of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim,” the Jungto Society explained. “You will learn how the mind works and experience changes in your outlook on life. As students 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 to help you solve various problems in your life.

The 22-week program at Jungto Dharma School will include all course materials and online tools, weekly online meetings and Dharma discussions, and live interaction with group members and facilitators. The course content includes core modules on understanding the fundamental teachings of the Buddha, from original (pre-sectarian) Buddhism to modern Buddhism, as well as practical steps for integrating the practice of Buddhadharma into your own daily life.

“The Jungto Dharma School is a class that offers you the opportunity to return to the time of the Buddha to apply the teachings of the Buddha to your own life, giving a very experiential way to escape from suffering,” said said Ven. Pomnyun Sunim noted. “The Buddha said, ‘Come and see, you who have eyes! I can’t help but close my eyes, but when you open your eyes, you can find yourself here. It’s not difficult; it doesn’t discriminate against any particular person—anyone can do it.

“In order to make these teachings accessible today, the Jungto Dharma School was established. What we want to do now is change our daily lives to become more free and happy in our current conditions.

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Jungto Society is a volunteer-driven community and humanitarian organization that aspires to embody Buddhist teachings through social engagement and by promoting a simple way of life that is less consumer-centric than mainstream society. Jungto society seeks to solve the problems and crises of modern society, such as greed, poverty, conflict and environmental degradation, by applying a Buddhist worldview of interdependence and in accordance with the principle that everyone can find happiness through Buddhist practice and active participation in social movements. The Jungto Society connects communities of practitioners across South Korea and the world, each offering online Dharma instruction and other Dharma-based programs.

“What would the Buddha look like if he lived today? said Ven. Pomnyun Sunim. “When he was born on this Earth around 2,600 years ago, the Buddha was neither an omnipotent god nor a special person. Instead, he found the path that would resolve the most contradictory aspects of Indian society. Therefore, Buddhism today should not be seen as a religion or a philosophy, but as a spiritual practice that will help free people from suffering. As such, those who free themselves from suffering should not just sit back feeling satisfied – they should go out to help others find the same release from their own anguish.

“Buddhist teachings should be practiced, not just learned. The main objective of the Jungto Dharma school is to understand how negative feelings and states of mind manifest in our daily lives, and then to discover 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 highly respected Dharma teacher, author and social activist. He founded many organizations, initiatives and projects around the world. Among them, JTS Korea is active as an international aid organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger, while Jungto Society is a volunteer-based community grounded in Buddhist teachings and dedicated to solving modern social problems. which lead to suffering. Fri. Pomnyun Sunim also works closely with the International Network of Committed Buddhists (INEB).

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

* Sunim is a Korean title of respect for Buddhist monks.

** Buddhist Monk Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Receives 37th Niwano Peace Prize (BDG)

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