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Buddhist Homiletics - Discourse Beyond Religion - Writing & Delivering Dharma Talks By Ven Dr Wonji Dharma & Rev Dr Cheolsoeng Prajna
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The English word homiletics is most often defined as the science or art of spiritual teaching. Technically, it is the branch of rhetoric that treats the composition and delivery of Dharma talks.... More > Homiletics then, is the study of the composition and delivery of a sutra, śāstra or other Buddhist discourse from historical cases. It includes all forms of teaching, as well as using metaphorical stories which have a tendency to stay with listeners longer that statements of factual data.< Less
The Bodhidharma Lectures By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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Bodhidharma’s teachings carried on through five Ancestors of Chán Buddhism before it took on a more Chinese philosophy after Huìnéng (638 to 713 ACE) became the 6th... More > Ancestor. This happened when Huìnéng, who was from present day Guǎngdōng Province, shaved his head and then started teaching his version of Chán Buddhism. The place where he did this was in the compound of the Nanhua Si, behind the main temple, and now there is a stupa erected at this spot. The Chief Priest of the Nanhua Si says that the shaved hair of Huìnéng is buried under the stupa.< Less
Clear Instruction for the Five Mountains Volume Three – Chàn Forms By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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We practice one style of Buddhism. However, there are different types of Buddhism out there, and it may be useful to investigate for ourselves which tradition and practices work for us in our lives.... More > These different schools of Buddhism have many things in common and generally follow the basic teachings. However, the spread of Buddhism to new cultures and lands created traditions that vary greatly in practice.< Less
Clear Instruction for the Five Mountains Volume Four – Chàn Ceremonies By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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Buddhist Ceremonies are special occasions that bring the sangha as well as the public together to celebrate significant events or holidays. When either a visitor or a sangha member attends a... More > ceremony, there is a sharing of focus which allows the minds of the attendees to become united in a common direction. Ceremonies sometimes include a Dharma Speech where a teacher will discuss the basic tenants of Zen Buddhism; consequently, there is a strong cognitive aspect to these events. Ceremonies help bring people together to practice strong cognition and strong meditation. These public gatherings also result in a strong bond and a sharing of joyous energy.< Less
It’s All Good! The Chàn Teachings of Wonji Dharma By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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The Chan Teaching of Wonji Dharma covers his work from 2008 up to 2015.
Clear Instruction for the Five Mountains - Volume Two – Chàn Liturgy By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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Buddhist liturgy is a formalized service of veneration and worship performed within a Buddhist Sangha community in nearly every traditional denomination and sect in the Buddhist world. It is often... More > done once or more times a day and can vary amongst the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana sects. The liturgy mainly consists of chanting or reciting a sutra or passages from sutras, a mantra, and many gathas. Depending on what practice the practitioner wishes to undertake, it can be done at a temple or at home. The liturgy is almost always performed in front of an object or objects of veneration and accompanied by offerings of light, incense, water, and food.< Less
Clear Instruction for the Five Mountains Volume One – Vinaya By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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The Vinaya (Pali and Sanskrit, literally meaning "leading out", "education", "discipline") is the regulatory framework for the sangha or monastic community of Buddhism... More > based on the canonical texts called the Vinaya Pitaka. The teachings of the Gautama Buddha can be divided into two broad categories: Dharma "doctrine" and Vinaya "discipline". At the heart of the Vinaya is a set of rules known as Patimokkha in Pāli and Prātimokṣa in Sanskrit. The Vinaya was orally passed down from the Buddha to his disciples. Eventually, numerous different Vinayas arose in Buddhism, based upon geographical or cultural differences and the different schools of Buddhism that developed. Three of these are still in use: Theravadin (Theravada), Mulasarvastivadin (the schools of Tibetan Buddhism) and Dharmaguptakin (East Asian Buddhism). The Vinayas are the same in substance and have only minor differences.< Less
Circling a Black Hole musings on time, space and not knowing at the event horizon By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma
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Written by Wonji Dharma. Circling a Black Hole – musings on time, space and not knowing at the event horizon; the prose and poetry of Wonji Dharma.In this third book of poetry Wonji Dharma... More > explores the depths of moment mind. He explores huàtóu practice and has aspired to capture each moment already in progress, with no outward commentary. Living in the two worlds as one allows the poetry to just have a naturalness of each moment unfolding and then drops it there. The majority of the poetry has been written free form and has not been edited from its original form with the exception of spelling mistakes and the occasional redundancies that occur with writing stream of consciousness.< Less
Great Master Wonhyo By Byeong-Jo Jeong
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Wonhyo (617–686 CE) was one of the leading thinkers, writers and commentators of the Korean Buddhist tradition. Essence-Function (Chinese: 體用), a key concept in East Asian... More > Buddhism and particularly Korean Buddhism, was refined in the syncretic philosophy and world view of Wonhyo.< Less
The Dharmaguptaka Bhiksu Pratimoksha By Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma & Ven. Dr. Sunyananda Dharma
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The Buddhist monastic vows are intended for only a select very few individuals. They are both rigorous and demanding and they are also ultimately liberating. Because these vows ask much more of the... More > person who is receiving them than do the Brahmajala Priest Precepts, they must be studied and clarified carefully by those who are called to them.< Less