Korean Zen Master: Venerable Pomnyun Sunim - Tuesday September 12th at 7pm

Ven. Pomnyun is the founder and the guiding Dharma teacher of Jungto Society. A volunteer run organization modeled after the sangha, it was created to address problems and crises of today’s world based on a Buddhist world view that all beings are interconnected. Under Ven. Pomnyun’s guidance, members aspire to embody Buddhist teachings and the life of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas by making themselves happy and free and contributing to making this world a better place to live for everyone.

Ven. Pomnyun is also well known for his unique ways of engaging audiences in live Q&A sessions. His talks occur in public places like community centers, libraries, universities and churches and are free of charge. This way, people from in all walks of life and from different ages and religious backgrounds can easily come. He is also freer to use everyday language to engage with the audience than he would be in traditional Buddhist temple settings. Responding to a variety of questions that people ask, Ven. Pomnyun shows how we can apply the insights and wisdom of Buddhist teaching in tackling issues in our everyday lives, such as feelings of stress, anxiety or sadness, as well as social issues. His recorded Dharma Q&A on YouTube and podcasts have also healed and inspired people around the world.

Ven. Pomnyun seeks to spread the message of happiness and freedom. He firmly believes everyone can, and have the right to, be happy and free. This is made possible by becoming free of suffering and free from worldly attachment. To that end, he relies on Buddha’s teachings that resonate after more than 2500 years. You seek enlightenment while saving sentient beings: you make yourself happy and free, then you use your time and energy to help address the sources of sufferings of others be it discrimination, poverty, or regional conflicts. You have peace in your mind and you have compassion towards other people. This is the way of a Bodhisattva.

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