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Online Dharma: Jungto Society Opens Registration for Summer Intake of Jungto Dharma School with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim. All images courtesy of Jungto Society

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 Buddhist study and practice course, Jungto Dharma School, will return in August, with online registration set to open to new students later in June.

“We are thrilled to announce that registration for the upcoming session of Jungto Dharma School will open on 10 June!” Jungto Society said in an annoucment shared with BDG. “Join us in learning about the profound teachings of the Buddha and sustainable happiness under the guidance of Ven. Pomnyun Sunim.”

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, the guiding Dharma teacher of Jungto Society, first opened Jungto Dharma School more than 30 years ago in Korea as way to share the original teachings of the Buddha with lay practitioners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jungto Society created an online English-language syllabus—Jungto Dharma School: Introduction to Buddhism I—which is available to students of Buddhism all over the world.

“Our 20-week program offers a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of Buddhist doctrines, gain practical wisdom for daily living, and cultivate a life of happiness and freedom,” Jungto Society emphasized.

Jungto Dharma School’s self-paced 20-week program includes all course materials and online tools, weekly online meetings with group members and facilitators, and live Dharma talks with Ven. Pomnyun Sunim. The course content encompasses foundation modules on understanding the Buddha’s core teachings, and approaching key philosophical concepts, such as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, causality, dependent origination, and enlightenment, and how these concepts and practices can be applied to everyday life.

“You will learn how the mind works and experience changes in your perspective on life,” Jungto Society noted. “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.”

Registration opens on 10 June. The summer semester is scheduled to commence on 22 August.

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“When the Buddha came to this world, he lit up the world for many people who were wandering in darkness. He said that our suffering is simply the consequence of our ignorance,” Ven. Pomnyun Sunim explained. “No matter where or how you were born, whatever your skin color, class, gender, however you were born and raised, if you become the master of your own life through enlightenment and help others, then you become a buddha. Consequently, the conditions of your life are nothing more than a process that inevitably leads to the path of enlightenment from birth. By changing one thought, today can be the day you become a buddha. Today should be the day that your inner buddha is born. I pray that the Buddha’s teachings reach not only Buddhists but all living beings so that they can enjoy peace and comfort in their lives.”

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim is a widely revered Korean Dharma teacher, author, and social activist. He has founded numerous organizations, initiatives, and projects across the world, among them: JTS Korea, an international humanitarian relief organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger; Jungto Society, a volunteer-based community founded on the Buddha’s teachings and dedicated to addressing modern social issues that lead to suffering; Ecobuddha, an organization focused on environmental ethics and sustainable living based on the teachings of the Buddha; and Good Friends, which promotes reconciliation and cooperation between the North and South Korea, and provides humanitarian aid to North Koreans. Ven. Pomnyun Sunim also works closely with 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.*

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

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