|The famous Buddha statue in Beopjusa; over 100ft. tall|
and made from pure gold. (notice our temple uniforms)
I was able to learn a little more about Korean Buddhism and its rituals during a temple stay I recently partook in. I've been wanting to do a temple stay for quite some time, and the opportunity finally presented itself a few weeks ago. My two friends, Lauren and Casey, and I traveled about 5 hours to Beopjusa temple, located on Songrisan mountain in Songrisan National Park. Beopjusa, which means "a temple where Buddha's teaching resides" is one of the most famous temples in Korea because of its beautiful mountain landscape and its history, dating back to 553CE. The purpose of Beopjusa's temple stay is to offer a relaxing and spiritual experience as well as insight into the traditional lifestyle practiced by Buddhist monks.
|The main temple on Beopjusa|
|The building we slept in (outside view)|
|The inside view of our room. We were given basic mats and bedding|
to sleep on.
|Yebool, a traditional Buddhist drumming and bell ceremony|
|Prostration demonstration; I completed 108 of these.|
|Tea ceremony with a Buddhist nun|
|Buddha carved into the stone.|