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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Namo Palbeon Daebosal, Part XXVI: Sudosa, Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province

Sudosa Temple (Hanja: 平澤 修道寺), a temple which is located at 58 Hoam Drive/Hoam-gil, Woljeong-ri san 119-beonji, Poseung-eup, Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province is the site where the great monk Wonhyo found enlightenment, has an experience center where everyone can learn the rules for and cooking of temple food. Children and teenagers can realize the importance of nature and appreciate nature by directly cultivating and harvesting in the kitchen garden. Join the program for well-being food to clarify the body and mind.

On the night of his brief stopover, Monk Wonhyo was awoken from his sleep by a powerful thirst. Luckily, he found a bowl full of water and drank it before falling back to sleep. The next morning, he was very surprised to discover that the bowl he had drunk from was in fact an old skull. Out of this shock grew the realization that truth can only be found in one’s mind and not through any outside circumstance. In light of this new awakening, the Great Monk Wonhyo decided not to go to Tang, but rather to stay and continue his search for true salvation while delivering Buddha’s teachings to the masses. 

During his ministry, Monk Wonhyo preached Buddha's teachings through the use of everyday food, emphasizing the idea that healthy food cleanses the body and enriches the soul, leading to true salvation. Under these same principles, Sudosa Temple now operates traditional temple food and temple experience programs that allow visitors to gain a deeper understanding of Monk Wonhyo's beliefs. 

Sudosa Temple provides a Temple Stay and Temple Life program for visitors who are interested in temple food or who want to experience Buddhist culture. A Temple Stay program is one night and two days and a Temple Life program is one day program. The temple experience program comprises learning temple etiquette, the ceremonial service including chanting, the communal Buddhist meal service, tea ceremony and etiquette, zen meditation, making lotus flower lamps, walking barefoot over loess trails in pine forests, the appreciation of healing music, chanting sutra, and cultivating a kitchen garden as well as cooking temple food. 

This temple provides a more detailed and systematic program because of the guidance offered by the monk Jeokmun, the director of the Korean Traditional Temple Food Research Institute. The Sudosa Temple Stay strengthens both body and mind and helps you draw closer to nature. The Temple Stay schedule is subject to change and meal service time can vary by season. It is recommended to check before visiting. Nothing is required except toilet articles and easy shoes. Application is always received all the year round.