Tour Recap: Experiencing Korean spirituality through Buddha, Buddhism and Seon

On January 19, 2013, members and friends of the RAS Korea met for a new excursion led by Mr. Jun Shin. During the five hours, participants visited many historical relics near Dongguk University including Supyogyo Stone Bridge, the statue of Samyeong (Buddhist monk during the Imjin War who organized monk soldiers) and Jeonggakwon temple.

Keeping with the theme of “Korean spirituality through Buddha, Buddhism and Seon, we visited the International Seon Center at Donnguk University and listened to a presentation by Glenn Mullin about mediation and Buddhism. The lecture lasted for just under two hours and included many interesting stories about, Buddhist philosophies and the Buddhist mindset for dealing with difficult and troubling times. Many participants enjoyed this time and had the opportunity to ask many questions.

After listening to Lama Glenn Mullin’s presentation, the group visited the Buddhist Museum of Dongguk University. The museum curator graciously showed us around the museum and gave a detailed explanation of the pieces. Usually the museum is closed on Saturday but the curator opened it for the RAS excursion. Everyone who attended the tour was very grateful for this kind gesture.

Overall the tour was interesting and informative while remaining fun and understandable to the general traveler. Thanks to Mr. Jun Shin and the RAS Korea who made the tour happen.
--Patrick Wunderlich

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