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Online Dharma: Jungto Society Announces September Intake for Jungto Dharma School with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

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Jungto Society, the international Buddhist community founded by the revered Korean Dharma master and social activist Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님), has announced that its popular online study and practice course Jungto Dharma School will return in September, with online registration now open to new students.

Building on the success of the English-language Jungto Dharma School online study program launched in early 2022,* the new intake is accompanied by the parallel launch of a Korean-language version of the Dharma school aimed at non-native speakers of Korean.

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, the guiding Dharma teacher of Jungto Society, first opened Jungto Dharma School in Korea 32 years ago as way to share the original teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha with lay practitioners. In response to social restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Jungto Society formulated an online English-language syllabus—Jungto Dharma School: Introduction to Buddhism I—which is now open to students of Buddhism all over the world.

“In Jungto Dharma School, you will learn the original teachings of the Buddha under the guidance of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim,” Jungto Society explained. “You will learn how the mind works and experience changes in your perspective on life. As the students of Jungto Dharma School, you will not only study Buddhist doctrines (the Buddha’s core teachings) but also gain practical wisdom that helps you resolve various problems in your lives. Additionally, you will practice applying the teachings to your daily lives.” (Jungto Society)

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Jungto Dharma School’s 20-week program comes with all course materials and online tools, and includes weekly online meetings with group members and facilitators, and live-streamed Dharma talks with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim. The course content encompasses foundation modules on understanding the Buddha’s core teachings, from original (pre-sectarian) Buddhism to modern Buddhism, as well as practical steps to bring the practice of the Buddhadharma into one’s own daily life.

“Throughout its 32-year history, Jungto Dharma School has helped countless people transform their lives,” Jungto Society said. “This 20-week program will help participants learn how to live freer and happier lives in accordance with Buddhist teachings.”

Click here for full details and online registration for Jungto Dharma School

Past students of Jungto Dharma School shared their impressions of their learning experience and how their lives and practice have benefited:

Jungto Dharma School had a huge influence on me. Not only did the course help me to recognize the root of my suffering and ignorance, but also made me see how I was creating my own suffering when my life is already in a perfect condition to be happy. I learned about non-self, impermanence, interdependent origination, the middle way, and the fact that I could lift my suffering and change my karma through consistent and continuous practice. It provided me with deep insight into life and how to live it. It was the most valuable lesson in my life.

(Thomas)

Through the Jungto Buddhism Dharma course, I learned about concepts like the middle way, interdependence, karma, and enlightenment. I’ve heard these words used before and I may have used them without fully understanding what they mean. Being in this class helped me have an understanding of what they mean because Sunim explains complex terms in a simple, straightforward style for everyone to understand. The volunteers were inspirational in their dedication and devotion to being available to us and helping along the way. My classmates and their sharing influenced me to understand other perspectives.

(Ruha)
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“The Buddhist teachings must be practiced, not just learned,” said Ven. Pomnyun Sunim “The main purpose of Jungto Dharma School is to understand how negative feelings and states of mind are manifested in our daily life, and then to experience how these negative psychological states can be transformed into positive ones. The most important thing is that you should experience and practice this path for yourself.”

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim is a widely revered Dharma teacher, author, and social activist. He has founded numerous organizations, initiatives, and projects across the world. Among them, Jungto Society, a volunteer-based community founded on the Buddha’s teachings and dedicated to addressing modern social issues that lead to suffering, and JTS Korea, an international humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger. Ven. Pomnyun Sunim is also the patron of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB).

In October 2020, the Niwano Peace Foundation in Japan presented the 37th Niwano Peace Prize to Ven. Pomnyun Sunim in recognition of his international humanitarian work, intensive environmental and social activism, and his tireless efforts to build trust and goodwill between communities of different faiths and cultures, toward the goal of world peace.**

* Jungto Society Launches Online Dharma School (BDG)

** Buddhist Monk Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Awarded the 37th Niwano Peace Prize (BDG)

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Salmatnane
Salmatnane
6 months ago

I recommend this course strongly.
It is really helpful to reset my life
After this course, I became to more happer.

Jasmine
Jasmine
6 months ago

Thank you for the information. I will think about it.

Ji
Ji
6 months ago

Highly recommended

Last edited 6 months ago by Ji
Juyoung Yoo
Juyoung Yoo
6 months ago

This is a great program. It helped me view my life from a whole new perspective, which helped me get along with my family and friends better. I hight recommend this program.

Elizabeth in Rhode Island
Elizabeth in Rhode Island
6 months ago

I took this course last fall and found it very helpful with lasting benefits. I just signed up for Jungto’s Buddhism II this fall. If I were to encapsulate what’s here, I would say it’s illuminating reminders by someone who is incredibly clear and whose energy is helpful in and of itself. Hearing Sunim discuss Buddhism and answer participant’s questions is like a bright light getting turned on. The effect is immediate. I also appreciate the gentle – but not didactic – encouragements to practice. This is what the weekly course is good for. It helps me to practice daily because of sharing in a community of like-minded people.

Highly recommended

Dee
Dee
6 months ago

I completed this programme last year, it’s very helpful and engaging.

Sun Kim
Sun Kim
6 months ago

I’m a graduate and highly recommend.

Hank
Hank
6 months ago

Highly recommend the course!

Hyo
Hyo
6 months ago

Thank you for the information.

vong kong
vong kong
6 months ago

I had have this course before and it changed my life more better and makes me to live my life more easily.
I highly recommend this course who wants to find inner peace and make their life easier.

Jun Kim
Jun Kim
6 months ago

Great course. I had meaningful time. Thanks.

Sunny
Sunny
6 months ago

I hope this Buddha’s wisdom can be spread more.

minju
minju
6 months ago

I love this course.

Woosun
Woosun
6 months ago

it’s really great. Thanks.

yyy
yyy
6 months ago

Highly recommended.
Thank you for the information

kwagjeong
kwagjeong
6 months ago

really appreciated!

Kim
Kim
6 months ago

WoW, Jungto Dharma school is also available by English version and even Korean.

koo
koo
6 months ago

Thank you for the information.

Youngsung Kim
Youngsung Kim
6 months ago

I was one of previous volunteers of this course. So, I understand that it could be easily biased. But, as other commenters in this article do, I also truly recommend this course to you because I know how much effort the volunteers have put into this course to make this course valuable.

Sunny
Sunny
6 months ago

Highly recommend this course.

Jun Kim
Jun Kim
6 months ago

Great course.

kwagjeong
kwagjeong
6 months ago

this is a really good chance, highly recommended!

Joey
Joey
6 months ago

It is great program what I ever meet.

yy123
yy123
6 months ago

Great course. I had a great time. Thanks.

Jin Kim
Jin Kim
6 months ago

Ven. Pomnyun is a great spiritual teacher in the world and I’d like to thank to him.

Christine
Christine
6 months ago

I truely recommand this program since it has changed my life !

Last edited 6 months ago by Christine
howdyduke
howdyduke
6 months ago

It seems to be great opportunity to learn the original buddhism dharma.

hyeeun
hyeeun
6 months ago

AWESOME!

Hyo
Hyo
6 months ago

You can learn how to make life lighter here at Jungto Dharma school

Angela O`Donnell
Angela O`Donnell
6 months ago

Glad this Dharna School Class is coming soon

Sunny
Sunny
6 months ago

Good to know.