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In this wonderfully dynamic dharma talk, Won Buddhist practitioner, Tiffany Heath (Won Dwok Hwa) describes how the Four Great Bodhisattva Vows help her to fully be open and present in her work on behalf of others and not entangled by judging a world she is helping to heal.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/donations…
 
For some practitioners, a focus on the discipline of practice may cause deep spiritual joy to seem elusive. But, in this encouraging dharma talk, Rev. WonGong breaks through such self-created barriers. She reflects on the many facets of joy that humans experience – from the fleeting to the profound – and shares her perspectives about the source and…
 
In this beautiful and seasonal dharma talk, Rev. WonGong invites us to embrace early autumn’s balance of yin and yang in our practice and in our lives. She encourages us to abide in the harmonious energies of warmth and coolness, and to be like autumn trees – letting go of what is no longer useful so that we can experience vast spaciousness.https:/…
 
Many people think emotions "just happen," but long-time practitioner, Rebecca Kameny (WonHee), describes the distinct ways sentient beings, bodhisattvas, and buddhas become masters or servants of their emotions. Interwoven into this is an exploration about how emotions are experienced and identified across cultures.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/don…
 
What does it mean "to train the ox of our mind?" Nik Wall (Won HaeWol), deftly explores some answers to that question by guiding us through two verses from the famous Buddhist allegory of practice, The 10 Oxherding Pictures. This talk focuses on a point midway in our practice journey, when we balance between holding onto our mind with discipline an…
 
In her reflective talk, practitioner Holly North (Won JahYoo) describes how she found grace and opportunity during the days she spent in covid quarantine at home. What at first seemed daunting reshaped itself into a gift of time and space when she brought a variety of meditation practices into her newfound solitude.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/don…
 
Koan contemplation practice can seem daunting to some of us, but in this bright, friendly dharma talk, longtime practitioner, Patty Daniel (Won EunHaeHwa), delves right in! With helpful information and insight born from experience, Patty opens the way for us to explore this important and useful meditation practice. https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/don…
 
Facemasks have become a hot topic in recent years, and in this clear-sighted dharma talk, Rev. WonGong uses them as a vehicle for exploring the layers of conditioning that shapes our mind. As our understanding grows, so does compassion for ourselves and others.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/donationsBy Won Buddhism
 
In her deeply reflective dharma talk, long-time practitioner, Lara Olson (Won LaSon) unflinchingly looks at the concept of evil through Buddhist eyes. Peeling through layers of culture and self-doubt, she reveals how despair is actually self-aggression, while reverence aligns with the sacred and has the power of liberation.https://www.wonbuddhismnc…
 
We can observe "Defilements and idles thoughts" in our every-day lives. Rev. ZiYoung describes how the Founding Master told a follower perplexed by this mind that, “The myriad dharmas return to one; to what does the one return?” What does this mean, and how can it possibly help us in our every-day lives?https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/donations…
 
From birth our experience is one of dualism - inside/outside, me/you, etc.. Where, then, is nonduality in our existence? In a conversational way, Michael Macklin (Won Hyoung) tackles nonduality, a brave act since, as many assert, it is something "beyond words and speech."https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/donations…
 
Our minds are both powerful and subtle, and in this reflective dharma talk, Rev. WonGong considers how mindfulness impacts the trajectory of cause and effect in our lives. Cultivating our mind is crucial, and she encourages us to practice by doing something as simple as taking one calm and focused step after another.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/do…
 
Through the lens of koan contemplation, longtime Won Buddhist practitioner, Nate Jackson (Won JaySun) explores a topic in this inviting dharma talk that some of us find daunting: reincarnation. Using curiosity to probe his own mind, Nate shares how the results of his exploration created space for a new awareness, healing, and appreciation.https://w…
 
Do your actions always align with your wishes? This is the question Won Buddhist practitioner, Paige Doster-Grimes, explores in this bright and clear dharma talk. Using the curiosity of children as inspiration, she shows us how answering that question can aid our practice.https://www.wonbuddhismnc.org/donations…
 
The modern-day Buddha, Sotaesan, was a person who showed everyone how to become Buddhas, and how to recognize everything as a Buddha offering in our every-day, modern lives. Rev. ZiYoung celebrates June 1st, the day the Founding Master entered nirvana, with a powerful testimony of just how Ven. Sotaesan gifted the world the path to enlightenment vi…
 
Does the path to your true nature seem blocked by lifetimes of karmic gunk? Practitioners looking for a way through will find hope in this enlightening dharma talk by Rev. WonGong. Focusing on the Buddhist theory of Nine Consciousnesses, she shows us how the levels of our mind intertwine to create obstacles, and she gives guidance on how to release…
 
Sometimes it is difficult to see ourselves as living buddhas, and this challenge is exactly what Won Buddhist practitioner, Brian Adams (Won SeongDeok) explores is this helpful dharma talk. He guides us through Master ChongSan’s “5 Steps to Enlightenment” and shows us how these practical steps guide our awakening, which is what we are doing, wherev…
 
In this perceptive dharma talk, Rev. WonGong explores a specific challenge we humans encounter when we work together: When things get complicated, do we lean towards kindness or insist on being right? Through her real-life examples, Rev. WonGong shows us how our choice impacts those around us and can grow or hinder our own spiritual development as …
 
Kathleen Herr of the North Carolina Temple takes us on an open and vulnerable journey, describing her current practice as one best defined by the term, "middle spiritual capacity." In this space, enlightenment can seem far away and unattainable. Kathleen assures us that no matter the form, enlightenment is just as here and now as a daffodil is a da…
 
In this understated talk, Michael Macklin (Won Hyoung) of the North Carolina Temple, is ambivalent calling Master Sotaesan's very modern-day enlightenment experience a "story." Listen to learn how we, as fellow practitioners, can not only benefit from Master Sotaesan's hard-earned wisdom, but can become enlightened ourselves!https://www.wonbuddhism…
 
In this personal and reflective dharma talk, Won Buddhist practitioner and Christian, Mattie Decker (Won BubJon) of the North Carolina Temple, explores how we can fully and unambiguously embrace all the spiritual traditions in our lives. By opening our minds and hearts to a broader perspective, we will find a richness of spiritual diversity that is…
 
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