Venerable Chief Monk Hyangdeok (Park Seung-uk) of the Cheonman-sa Buddhist Temple in Ulsan held a Buddhist service with the Nepal World Buddhist Seungga Foundation to pray for world peace and inter-Korean unification.
At a temple in Rumbini Park, Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha, on Nov. 1. 2022, Venerable Chief Monk Hyangdeok held a Buddhist service with about 20 Korean monks, including Chief Monk Neungin of the Gakhwang-sa Temple in Chilgok, Gyeongsangbuk-do.
Local monks representing Nepal, Canada, Singapore, Myanmar, Tibet, Sri Lanka, and India from the Nepal World Buddhist Seungga Foundation, the Lumbini Buddhist Association, and the World Buddhist Pope's Office also attended the World Buddhist Monk Convention, the World Buddhism Ceremony to select the Great Monk and the Great Buddhist Service for the world peace and the unification of North and South Korea.
At the event, the Nepal World Buddhist Seungga Foundation, the Lumbini Buddhist Association, and the World Buddhist Pope’s Office celebrated the appointment of Venerable Chief Monk Hyangdeok as the Great Monk of the World Buddhism. Lumbini City Mayor Samarudikan Mussalman also congratulated Chief Monk Hyangdeok on the site.
Venerable Chief Monk Hyangdeok said, "All monks in the world are Buddhists of Buddha and we are very happy to hold a Buddhist service for those suffering from natural disasters, and for world peace and inter-Korean unification, and let's work together to make Korean Buddhism and world Buddhism more influential and develop in the world.”
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Ethiopia in Seoul presented a certificate of appreciation to Chief Monk Park Seung-uk of Cheonman Temple who is also honorary consular of culture & economy of the Embassy of Ethiopia on Feb. 17, 2023.
The embassy said, “This plaque is presented in appreciation of Chief Monk Park’s passionate and heartfelt dedication for the cooperation of culture and economy between FDRE (Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia) and ROK. We will always remember your meritorious dedication and admirable effort for this cause.”
As honorary consular of culture & economy of the Embassy of Ethiopia, Chief Monk Park Seung-uk of Cheonman Temple also presented an appreciation plaque to Wakjera Gemechu Guta.
Delivering the plaque, Chief Monk Park said, “We hereby present the appreciation plaque in recognition for Wakjera Gemechu Guta’s dedication and commitment to his heroic and exemplar action to save a Korean lady in a terrible accident in Itaewon, Seoul last October, 2022.”
Venerable Chief Abbot Hyangdeok also received a Voluntary Service Medal from Joe Biden, President of the United States of America.
The medal was presented in a ceremony hosted by Korea Nobel Foundation at the Center Mark Hotel in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2022.
The citation is known to be awarded only to American citizens. Ven. Hyangdeok received this citation as an honorary citizen of California, and Secretary-General Yoo Jae-ki of the Korea Nobel Foundation delivered it directly to Ven. Hyangdeok at the ceremony on that day.