A Mother's Meditation

By Susan Enzer (Won Bul Shim)

Often I am the first one there removing my shoes, placing them on the shelf just high enough for me to see.  Closest to the end, not to confuse them with the others that will be added after the swish of the door opening, the ambient street sounds, dogs snuffling, voices deep, loud, muffled.  

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My journey into spirituality

By Meer Musa (Won Sang Won)

I have started practicing meditation with Won Buddhism of Manhattan since November 2011. This has been a great journey of self discovery. I have meditated with other meditation groups around the city previously for a year, and after coming to the Manhattan temple, I developed my practice at a regular basis. 

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Silence, Breath & Gratitude: Meditation Retreat Reflection

By Doyeon Park

Recently I was at the Won Dharma Center leading the Young People’s Retreat along with my fellow Won Buddhist teachers. There were about 40 practitioners both new and experienced gathered together for a silent weekend retreat. For me, it’s clear that meditation retreats are essential for my spiritual growth and wellbeing.

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The Beloved Community: Dr. King's Insight for Peaceful Living

By Doyeon Park

Living in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the world, we often focus on how different we are: different race, culture, language, faith, sexual orientation and etc. Yes, we all look different on the outside and we are unalike to some extent. But we need to know that 'different doesn't mean wrong.' 

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Everyday Practice

By Andrew Goodman (Won Bup Woo)

A theme that runs through Sotaesan’s teaching is that for Buddhism to flourish fully it needs to reach as many people as possible. Traditionally, Buddhism was practiced mainly in centers far removed from where most people lived. The public was expected to provide financial support and food to the monasteries, but not to practice meditation or study sutras.

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Finding My Buddha

By Ryan Canissario (Won Jee Sung)

I was initially introduced to Buddhism in college by a friend of Chinese descent. He was a practicing Buddhist and member of a Zen meditation group on campus. I recently read a book on Buddhism and expressed an interest in learning more, so he invited me to join one of the Zen group sessions. After pushing through my first hour of sitting and walking meditation, 

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