By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik, EiC Jimmy Kim
The Most Venerable Wonhaeng of the Woljeong-sa Buddhist Temple of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, hosts a meeting at the Press Center in Seoul on Jan. 25, 2022 to introduce the publication of his book entitled Seongin (聖人, The Saint). The book features the accomplishments of the first-term Chief Abbot Haneom.
In connection with this plan, the Most Venerable Wonhaeng met with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media and Editor-in-Chief Jimmy Kim at the Press Center in Seoul on January 6 and discussed ways to successfully host the most interesting event for the Korean society and the international community as well as for the Buddhist and other religious circles in Korea and around the world.
The Most Ven. Wonhaeng has spent over 50 years of his life at the Woljeong-sa Buddhist Temple in the Odae-san Mountains in the western Gangwon Province of Korea, where since Dec. 15, 2008 he continues his religious activities in rear earnest.
The Most Ven. Wonhaeng has visited and stayed in a remarkable variety and number of different Buddhist Temples in Korea, which include the Haein-sa Temple in Gaya-san Mountains in the Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Gyereong-san Buddhist Temple, Jigwang-sa Buddhist Temple and the Samhwa-sa Temple in the Duta Mountains in the Gangwon province.
He also stayed at other famous temples such as the Guryong-sa Temple in the Chiak Mountains in Wonju and also at the Wolgyeong-sa Temple in the Odae-san Mountains of the Gangwon Province.
On the 1st day of January this year, which corresponds to the Buddhist Year of 2566, Ven. Wonhaeng hosted a Buddhist service and offered prayers in supplication of freedom of the mankind from COVID-19 in all parts of the world as well as for the people in Korea and freedom from all kinds of woes and worries, e.g., diseases, conflict, confrontation, hunger, and all other thigs on the dark side of the world.
Incidentally, Most Ven. Wonhaneg, president of the Woljeong-sa Buddhist Temple of the Korean Buddhist Jogye Order, has published his New Year Message, which offers a further opportunity to learn the person and his religious aspects. Details follow:
The New Year has dawned, and the year 2022 is witnessing a rare occurrence of the Year of the Black Tiger.
Allow me to wish all Korean citizens, as well as all Korean Buddhists a Happy New Year on this auspicious occasion.
Unfortunately, a succession of Coronavirus’ variants are slowing down the return to the life before the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is an old maxim “Mabu Wichim” (磨斧爲針), which means “Filing down an ax until it becomes a needle.”
Nothing is unachievable, no matter how hard it is, if tackled by enough diligence and patience.
Likewise, I am confident that my fellow Koreans, wise as ever, will overcome the current crisis with profound patience and ferocious will, like a black tiger.
Soon, it will be time to make a choice that will change the future of our great nation.
Let’s work together to resolve all conflicts and discord by abandoning our fixation on differences and discriminations and choose reconciliation by realizing the wisdom of non-duality, so that we will have new hope, and all Koreans will share a better life, and a better future.
The Buddhist community will do its best in the Year of the Black Tiger to utilize, preserve and pass on Korea’s proud cultural heritage, which we share with the people of Korea.
On the First Day of B.E 2566