The TempleStay Supporters Program This Fall
Have you visited a Buddhist temple in Korea and witnessed the colorful architecture and maybe some beautiful hanging paper lanterns and wished there was more information provided so that you could learn more about Korean Buddhism? Have you wanted to have the opportunity to stay in a temple but you just haven’t found the time? Are you wondering what a temple stay is? Temple Stay Supporters and the Seoul Metropolitan Government are offering an experience that is not to be missed starting this November to learn more about Korean Buddhism and attend multiple temple stay programs for free!
Here are the basics:
A Temple Stay is an opportunity to stay at a Buddhist temple and learn Buddhist etiquette, how to eat a monastic meal and how to successfully prostrate and meditate. Many of the programs are for two days, one night, but there are longer programs provided by some temples for those hoping to have more of a personal learning experience.
Guests are asked to change into appropriate attire as soon as they arrive and the first lesson is usually centered on appropriate etiquette while at the temple, for example how to appropriately greet the monks that reside at each temple is covered among other things.
If this sounds interesting to you then check out this opportunity now provided by Temple Stay Supporters!
40 Koreans and 40 foreign applicants will be accepted for this program. All applicants must be able to communicate in English.
A chance to build friendships with people from all over the world while promoting Templestay activities and doing volunteer work. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend free lectures on Korean Buddhism, tradition and culture and there will be three free temple stay programs at various temples in and around Seoul.
Application Period: October 11, 2014 ~ October 31, 2014; Interviews will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and successful candidates will be notified shortly after.
Training Period: November 4, 2014 ~ December 20, 2014.
Orientation is on November 4, 2014 and the lectures are held every Tuesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Supporters are expected to attend all or a majority of the lectures as they will be receiving a certificate to acknowledge that they completed 30-41 hours of volunteer work.
Temple Stays will be November 8 & 9, 2014; November 15, 2014; in December there will be a temple stay mission.
This is a great opportunity to meet other people as well as gain knowledge on Korean Buddhism, culture and traditions.
How to Apply:
Download an application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form: templestay-application-form-final
For more information, head over to: Cham Education & Culture.On a personal note, I had a great time learning and volunteering through the TempleStay Supporters group. I met some great people and made some wonderful friendships while at the same time learning about Korean Buddhism and the beautiful traditions and culture that it encompasses. This is a great opportunity, if you have the time to commit to it.