معبد جاکوانگ سا

من این نوشته را 29 جولای، حدود یک ماه و نیم پیش، بعد از برگشت از معبد جاکوانگ سا در دجان نوشتم. امروز احساس کردم دلم میخواهد اینجا هم این مطلب را بنویسم.

I just returned from my one night stay at Jakwangsa Temple. Last night, one of my longtime dreams became reality by staying at a Buddhist temple. Since seeing Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci in Iran more than nine years ago, I have always wanted to stay in a temple and experience Buddhism

I left Seoul at 8:05 am. and arrived in went to Daejeon Station at 9. I used KTX, a high speed train. I met my friend Young-Jun at the station and then we went out for lunch and coffee. I arrived at temple around 2:30 pm. I met Cedric, an Australian guy who lives in temple and was our guide. I met two wonderful Virginians, Daniel from Lynchburg and Carol from Williamsburg. Daniel was teaching English in Japan and he was spending his vacation in Korea and Carol was teaching English in Seoul. There were only three of us from the US and all from Virginia. That was amazing co-incidence. They were two Canadian girls there too

Cedric gave us an introduction to Buddhism and then we had evening ceremony at 5 pm. A nun at the temple did a Buddhist ceremony. We bowed three times and started to read the YeBool, a chant book. Then we started to turn around for about 20-30 minutes and repeated Chi-Ju-Bu-Sar for the whole ceremony. She gave me a wooden instrument and showed me how to beat it and I did it while turning around the Main Buddha Hall and chanting the Chi-Ju-Bu-Sar. I still don't know the meaning of it but it was amazingly great to draw my attention to inside me and concentration. Then we went for dinner and we had food together. The next thing was to wash the dishes altogether. I was responsible for rinsing. It was great to do this job with everybody else. Then we watched a Dharma Talk with Ching Ah Sunim. We went to bed around 9 pm. It was actually hard for me to get to sleep so soon. So, I did meditation for almost 6 minutes. It was unbelievably fantastic nice to be able to do the meditation that I learned 7 years ago in Tehran at Jakwangsa Temple in Daejeon. All last night, I was thinking about my life and how significantly it has been changed since 2002. I remember when I watched the Little Buddha movie, it was a dream for me to be able to go to Seattle and a Buddhist temple in East Asia but now I have done it all. I am absolutely grateful for having the opportunity to make my dreams reality. Tonight, I mentioned this to Young-Jun at a coffee shop in Nakeseongdae and he said please remember me as a part of this dream to happen and I told him, I did it the same day that you called the temple to make a reservation for me. That day, you became part of one of the most important experience of my life and I will never forget about it

Today, we woke up at 5 am. to do the Buddhist Dawn ceremony. It was great to be able to experience the cool breath in early morning once again after a while. In Islam, we have to do the morning prayers before sunrise too. It has been many years since the last time that I did the morning prayers. It feels like that you absorb the energy from nature and the environment around you. It also reminds me of my childhood living with my grandparents. It is the sweetest memory of mine to remember the days that my grandpa would wake up before sunrise to do the morning payers and my grandma was preparing him a breakfast with fresh warm Noon Sangak (a traditional Iranian bread) that she had just bought it from bakery few minutes ago and Lighvan Cheese (a traditional Iranian cheese like Feta cheese) that we would eat in their yard in cool fresh early morning air of the hot summer days in Tehran. I remember as a little child, I was full of joy to see all these and my grandparents love for me and the songs that my grandpa would singe for me to wake me up early in the morning when the birds sing. The morning ceremony at the temple reminded me of all my sweet memories from my sweet home country of Iran and my lovely grandparents who are not among us anymore (I cannot fight my tears back while writing these. I was in the US when my grandma died and I could not be there)1

We had breakfast after the Buddhist Dawn ceremony and we washed the dishes together again. Then we had free time for 3 hours and almost all of us took a nap during this time. At 10 am. we did the noon ceremony with the nun and one of the Canadian girls which had a beautiful trained voice sang for us. It was amazing. We had lunch later and went hiking around 1:30 pm. We went to KyeRyong mountain and Nun's temple. By the time we got back it was already 3:30 pm. and I had to leave soon to meet my friend from Seoul National University at Daejeon Station. We took the KTX at 5 pm and went back to Seoul

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