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The ultimate purpose of Zen practice is to realize the true nature of life and death, and to find the correct direction for human life. Through this practice, you can get mental clarity and wisdom that will benefit your everyday life, and help others and society with compassion.

What you SHOULDN’T expect from this practice

Some people have wrong expectations and/or fantasies when they participate in Zen programs, and retreats. Please quickly review the following to see if they match your expectations of correct Zen.

  • Zen is not a ceremony based on blind faith; nor should it be considered a means to gain some merit.
  • Zen is not intellectual and/or philosophical entertainment. Zen practice does not help you to improve on such skills.
  • Zen programs are not an opportunity to have some fun away from work, socializing with others.
  • Zen is not a means to run away from life.
  • Zen is not a cure-all for serious mental health issues. We have seen lots of people participating in Zen retreats, hoping for their conditions to improve. If you already have mental health issues that require treatment, we are sorry to say that we do not recommend Zen as a treatment. For those who have had psychiatric treatments before, practicing Zen may even complicate their previous treatments.

1000-Day KwanseumBosal Kido

Kido for Establishment of International Kwan Um School of Zen Center at Musangsa gsa Temple

Musangsa International Zen temple in south Korea is the Kwan Um School of Zen’s head temple of Asia. It was established 23 years ago by Zen Master Seung Sahn to continue his teaching and to help spread them around the world. Over the years, thousands of people from all over the world have come to Musangsa to learn and practice Zen together. At Musangsa, all four groups of the Buddhist community – monks, nuns, laymen and laywoman – come together to practice, understand themselves and help others.

However, in many ways, it has been difficult to accommodate all the practitioners due to the lack of adequate public facilities and housing.  As a result, it has become important to construct a new Meditation Hall and accommodations that can serve as a practice space for everyone to continue and develop Zen Master Seung Sanh’s teaching. Therefore, we have decided to conduct a “1000-Day Kwanseum Bosal Kido” with Monks, Nuns, laywomen, and laymen, to help fund this building project.  We invite you to join the chanting and continue on the Bodhisattva Way.

1000-Day KwanseumBosal Kido

Schedule

It will be performed 10 times, staring on June 3, 2023(Lunar calendar: April 15).

See the detailed schedule below.

1000-day schedule Beginning Date End Date
Date Year Date Year
1st June 3 2023 Sept.10 2023
2nd Sept. 10 2023 Dec. 19 2023
3rd Dec. 19 2023 Mar. 28 2024
4th Mar. 28 2024 July 6 2024
5th July 6 2024 Oct. 14 2024
6th Oct. 14 2024 Jan. 22 2025
7th Jan. 22 2025 May 2 2025
8th May 2 2025 Aug. 10 2025
9th Aug. 10 2025 Nov. 18 2025
10th Nov. 18 2025 Feb. 26 2026

The First Day of 100 Days

The First Day of Kido will start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in the Buddha Hall.

(We will provide all participants with 108 beads and a chanting notebook on that day.)

How to Participate in the KwanseumBosal Kido

  • You can join the 10:00 a.m. ceremony each morning at the temple, or you can set a time every day at home to participate in the Kwanseum Bosal Chanting (i.e., KwanseumBosal Bodhisattva Chanting).
  • Participants will receive a Kido (i.e., chanting) Notebook that will include the chanting and a calendar to mark the days of chanting for every 100 days. At the end of every 100-day session you can hand in your Kido notebook. If you choose to continue with the Kido for another 100-day session, you will receive a new one.
  • Kido participants can attend a special ceremony at the beginning date and on the end date of each 100-day session.

(The temple manages the schedules for those who submitted the Kwanseum Bosal Kido.)

Cost

* 100-Day Kido Fee: 100,000 won (about 75 dollars)

*1000-Day Kido Fee: 1,000,000 won (about 760 dollars)

Bank transfer, Paypal or card are accepted.

*Bank Information

Bank Name KOOKMIN BANK
Bank Address 26, Gukjegeumyung-ro 8-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea
SWIFT CODE (B.I.C.) CZNBKRSEXXX
Account Number 733137-01-000781
Account Name Seung Sahn Guk Jae Seon Won
PHONE NUMBER +82 42 841 6084

KiDo Schedule

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