PANNA TALK
“Restoration of Buddhism in India, which will take 300 years, is a masterpiece in gratitude for Buddha.”
www.beopbo.com
29/05/2020
http://www.beopbo.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=209741

“Restoration of Buddhism in India, which will take 300 years, is a masterpiece in gratitude for Buddha.”


“Only when the body and mind are clean, we are free from psychological restraint," said Buddhist monk Buddhapala, stressing that "the happiness grows as much as the size of freedom and cleanliness.”

At dawn, a star twinkled. At that time, Gotama Siddhartha, who had devoted himself under the bodhi tree of Buddhagayā, India, enlightened. This is the holy moment of the Buddha's appearance in this world. The Buddha's teaching lasted 45 years from Kushinagara Sarasangsu Forest to Nirvana. Indian Buddhism, however, declined in the 8th and early 13th centuries, and died out.

Dharmapāla (1864-1933), a Buddhist layman who made a pilgrimage from SriLanka to Buddhagaya in 1891, was astonished. The holy treasure were stolen and destroyed, and some temples were used as pig farms. In January 1891, he vowed in front of the bodhi tree, who was so faithful enough to have a morning and evening Buddhist chanting with his parents as a child, and to keep the Buddhist five precepts, even in his youth, when he attended a Christian school.

I will devote my life to saving Buddhagaya.

He wrote letters to Buddhist leaders all over the world. “Will you pay no attention to this devastating Buddhagaya?”

In 1892, Dharmapāla, who established the Mahabodi Society of Sri Lanka (1891), founded the Mahabodi Journal (1892) and promoted both restoring and educating Buddhism. In 1895, three years after making the vow, a Buddhist statue was enshrined in Buddhagaya. When he found out Sarnāth, where the Buddha gave his first teaching, remained desolate, he moved from Sri Lanka to Sarnāth.(1931) He built the Mullahgandakuti Temple at the entrance of Sarnath temple, and he kept the Buddhist holy site just before he passed away.

Buddhapāla, who had come to Buddhagaya from Tongdosa, South Korea (December 25, 1996) and dedicated himself to practicing Vipassana, took a vow in front of the bodhi tree after giving his virtues to others. (January 1997). “I will restore Indian Buddhism”.

106 years after Dharmapala made a vow to restore the Holy Land in Buddhagaya in January 1891, Buddhapala’s “Indian Buddhism Restoration” power was engraved in the sky of Buddhagaya.

“Go and just clean the monk's room.”



(BISS is nurturing monks who will restore Buddhism in India)

My parents visited my eldest brother 4 years after he left home. He was staying at Jangan Temple in Busan. He didn’t just run away but did that to become a monk. Then he was scheduled to leave for the Yaksa temple in Kimpo. My mother wanted her third son, who had grown up in Sachoan, Gyeongnam and just graduated from elementary school, to assist the eldest brother.

‘Why should I do that?’ I felt unfair but left for Seoul without complaining. (1975)

About two and a half years later at the Yaksa temple, I got upset one day. Apart from the other monks, the eldest brother devoted himself only to his studies, and he taught me nothing. I wondered if he really wanted me to clean up next to him all my life.

“Monk, I want to study too.”

“If you become a monk, you can study.”

“Then, I will become a monk, too!”

“Go to Tongdosa temple, you’ve been dedicated to chores in the Yaksasa temple over two years, so you deserve receiving the precepts.”

He received sāmaṇera precepts and dharma name ‘Bonwon’(1977) at 17. Monk Buddhapala, recognizing ‘If you become a monk, you can study’, suggested it to two younger brothers, and Both of them became monks. Four out of five brothers in the family became monks.



The Buddist monks and laymen were practicing ‘walking Sati’ at Sati arama of Buddhagaya

When I taught at Dongguk University, a memory of the first practice at Bogwangseonwon of Tongdosa in 1988 came into my mind clearly. An idea crossed my mind. “I’ve analyzed texts and taught texts only till now. It is not enough to understand the scriptures itself. I must add practice to achieve ‘everything in Buddhism’. It would not have been a sudden conclusion. It must have been the agony and a key topic since college.

He left for India on December 20, 1996, and arrived at Buddhagaya on the 25th of the month. At the International Meditation Center, he learned Vipassana practice for the first time in his life under the guidance of Indian monk Rastrapāla. He realized it intuitively at dusk of the third day. “If I go this way, I will achieve what I have in mind!”

After completing the practice course, he received dharma name “Buddhapala” from the monk Lastrapala. He stood in front of the bodhitree in Buddhagaya(January 1997). “I will restore Indian Buddhism!”

At the Mahasi · Chanmyay meditation center, which has been building a reputation around the world, he had been aborbed in Vipassana practice. Back and forth between Korea and India, he‘d dedicated himself to practicing for three years(1997-1999). He came to understand fully ‘sati’ known as awareness and mindfulness. ”Let others learn this.”

“Let's build a practice village” He made up his mind and went to the foot of Mt. Dabosan. First of all, he bought 6611m² (2000 pyeong) and founded SATI Ārāma. (June 1999) Because of the green belt area, it was difficult to purchase land anymore, so he bought a house or two that were moved out. In that way, he bought 15 houses for 10 years and expanded the monastery. Expanding is still in progress.



Over 300 Sati masters are being trained in the Sati Arama, Dabo-san, Gimhae.

On January 21, 2002, he stood again in front of the Bodhitree of Buddhagaya. He announced the “Buddhagaya Declaration”,the founding declaration. Both Mahayana Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism were important and respected, but he insisted that we should first focus on the Buddha who brought the Dhamma to this world. He also emphasized that all texts related to Buddhism should be interpreted and practiced based on the practice. He asserted that Buddhism should contributes to our society and humanity.

The Buddhists who agree with the declaration began to gather, and soon made a medium and long-term plan of masterpiece based on the ‘Buddhagaya Declaration’. The five core projects are restoring Indian Buddhism, educating spiritual leaders, training Indian monks, establishing free medical schools and mind movement SATI LIFE. It is not just a declaration and planning. He is action-oriented.

In 2006, after establishing and obtaining permission for a “Mūla Sańgha” corporation in India, he began purchasing land near the Mahabodhi temple in Buddhagaya. The representative of Mula sangha is Monk Buddhapala. Currently, it has secured 2,3140m² (7000 pyeong), of which 6611m² (2000 pyeong · 3 billion won by korea money) was donated to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is planning to construct ’Bunhwang Temple’ in Buddagaya. SATI Ārāma, international practice center, was opened(2008). And the Buddhagaya International SatiSchool, an institution specializing in training for Buddhist monks of India.(Opened in 2016, newly built in 2018) The first samanera students entered in April 2018. It is somewhat sorry that the establishment of a free medical school is delayed due to site problems. Since he made the vow in front of Bodhitree of Buddhagaya in 1997, Buddhapala monk has been devoted to restoring Indian Buddhism for over 20 years.

India has a population of 1.35 billion, the second largest population in the world. Hinduism (80.5%) and Islam (13.4%) are the majority. Buddhism accounts for less than 1%, even though Goenka’s meditation practice, the conversion movement of Ambedkar, and the Buddhism revival movement of the Shakya people attracted attention from the Indian people. Given this situation, the restoration of Indian Buddhism seems far away.

"At first, I just started to simply help restoring the fallen Indian Buddhism. We owe a great debt to the Buddha. 2000 years ago, we received the teachings of Buddha from India and made it a nourishment for our lives. I also feel that the new awakening of Indian Buddhism is the reward for the Buddha."

More than 150 temples from around the world are located in Buddhagaya. Mula Sangha is said to be the largest of them. There are many temples, but most of them are just as 'shelter' for pilgrims. Buddhagaya is a holy place of enlightenment. I think this place need to be for practice. I want to realize the value of Buddhagaya."

"We'd been working on securing practice space till 2019, and we've been putting priority on training the talented since 2020.”

"We’re aiming to release 10,000 monks and 1 million Sati-masters. It's not just impossible. In two years since opening the Buddhagaya International Satischool, which is dedicated to training monks, hundreds of samanera have been accepted. Of course, they often returned to home by regular tests, but I think the future of Indian monk training is bright. Here's what the University of Delhi, India suggested to us. I was asked to train students of the University of Delhi as Sati-master. I also signed an agreement to open a meditation center within the university if the mutual conditions are met in the future. In August 2018, I taught more than 600 of the 26,000 Master’s and Ph.D students in North Campus of the University of Delhi, .“

The expansion of the site will continue.

"There must be at least 50,000 square meters to create a village in the forest and establish a free medical school. The long-term goal is 100,000 square meters." The establishment of a free medical school will not be easy because of a financial problem.

"Sati practice is a technique that clears the human mind, and medical schools are the ones that clear the body. When your mind and body are balanced and balanced in good health, you can feel great happiness. While studying medicine in the practice village, you will naturally encounter Buddhism and will be very interested in Sati. When they look at the medical blind spot, it's all about preaching the sound of "all that is life is happy.“

In anticipation of Delhi University and Free Medical School, you can read the vow of the evangelical power centered on the elite. It is also the first step and fastest path to the restoration of Indian Buddhism. How many years will it take for Indian Buddhism to be restored?

"Hard work during one or two generations is not enough. It can take 300 years or so. That's why I’m focusing our efforts on securing the space. I'm sure someone with space will keep this project on."



Buddhapāla's book, "All about the mind- Sati technique of Buddha " : a book that clearly shows how to practice Sati.

"We can enjoy happy life when we live wisely. A wise life can be accomplished when you behave correctly. The right life is full of cleanliness. The body and mind need to be clean to be free from psychological restraints. Happiness grows as much as the size of freedom and cleanliness. It's also the purpose of practice.”

I was wondering one thing. Where does the courage to leave for India and Myanmar, and the boldness that began the great vow and project of 300 years come? The monk smiled and told the first rule of "Byukamrok.".

"When I had a hard time controling my empty mind teaching at Dongguk University, I opened up a 'Byukamrok'. The words in the conversation between Emperor Mujae and Dhalma were engraved in my mind. The teaching is "It's empty, so there's nothing sacred about it.“ Interpretations on this can be various. The paradox is possible: The expression ‘there's nothing sacred about it might mean ‘everything is sacred.‘ If there is no way, that might mean everything can be a way. I got to conclusion that the way I‘m going to can be the way. I could understand why he had to discard and leave.

Knock on the door of Sati Arama in Gimhae! If you have the chance, try ’temporarily being a monk’ at Sati Arama in Buddhagaya. If you want to live in a free and open mind, it's a must visit and try experiencing.



About Monk Buddhapāla

◂1960 born in Samchunpo-city, South Korea◂1975 became a monk in Seoul Yaksasa temple,

◂1977 received the samaner precepts in Tongdo temple

◂1986 received the bhikkhu precepts in Bumeo temple◂1992 graduated from Tongdosa Buddhist university◂1992 Director of The Bureau of propagation of religion in Tongdotemple◂1996 completion of Ph.d course in Dongguk university◂1996 got a prize “Bul-i“

◂now CEO of Mula Sangha community, President of Internationl Sati School◂books: ‘Teachings of Buddha’ , ‘Sati technique of Buddha’
PANNA
“Restoration of Buddhism in India, which will take 300 years, is a masterpiece in gratitude for Buddha.”
www.beopbo.com
29/05/2020
http://www.beopbo.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=209741

“Restoration of Buddhism in India, which will take 300 years, is a masterpiece in gratitude for Buddha.”


“Only when the body and mind are clean, we are free from psychological restraint," said Buddhist monk Buddhapala, stressing that "the happiness grows as much as the size of freedom and cleanliness.”

At dawn, a star twinkled. At that time, Gotama Siddhartha, who had devoted himself under the bodhi tree of Buddhagayā, India, enlightened. This is the holy moment of the Buddha's appearance in this world. The Buddha's teaching lasted 45 years from Kushinagara Sarasangsu Forest to Nirvana. Indian Buddhism, however, declined in the 8th and early 13th centuries, and died out.

Dharmapāla (1864-1933), a Buddhist layman who made a pilgrimage from SriLanka to Buddhagaya in 1891, was astonished. The holy treasure were stolen and destroyed, and some temples were used as pig farms. In January 1891, he vowed in front of the bodhi tree, who was so faithful enough to have a morning and evening Buddhist chanting with his parents as a child, and to keep the Buddhist five precepts, even in his youth, when he attended a Christian school.

I will devote my life to saving Buddhagaya.

He wrote letters to Buddhist leaders all over the world. “Will you pay no attention to this devastating Buddhagaya?”

In 1892, Dharmapāla, who established the Mahabodi Society of Sri Lanka (1891), founded the Mahabodi Journal (1892) and promoted both restoring and educating Buddhism. In 1895, three years after making the vow, a Buddhist statue was enshrined in Buddhagaya. When he found out Sarnāth, where the Buddha gave his first teaching, remained desolate, he moved from Sri Lanka to Sarnāth.(1931) He built the Mullahgandakuti Temple at the entrance of Sarnath temple, and he kept the Buddhist holy site just before he passed away.

Buddhapāla, who had come to Buddhagaya from Tongdosa, South Korea (December 25, 1996) and dedicated himself to practicing Vipassana, took a vow in front of the bodhi tree after giving his virtues to others. (January 1997). “I will restore Indian Buddhism”.

106 years after Dharmapala made a vow to restore the Holy Land in Buddhagaya in January 1891, Buddhapala’s “Indian Buddhism Restoration” power was engraved in the sky of Buddhagaya.

“Go and just clean the monk's room.”



(BISS is nurturing monks who will restore Buddhism in India)

My parents visited my eldest brother 4 years after he left home. He was staying at Jangan Temple in Busan. He didn’t just run away but did that to become a monk. Then he was scheduled to leave for the Yaksa temple in Kimpo. My mother wanted her third son, who had grown up in Sachoan, Gyeongnam and just graduated from elementary school, to assist the eldest brother.

‘Why should I do that?’ I felt unfair but left for Seoul without complaining. (1975)

About two and a half years later at the Yaksa temple, I got upset one day. Apart from the other monks, the eldest brother devoted himself only to his studies, and he taught me nothing. I wondered if he really wanted me to clean up next to him all my life.

“Monk, I want to study too.”

“If you become a monk, you can study.”

“Then, I will become a monk, too!”

“Go to Tongdosa temple, you’ve been dedicated to chores in the Yaksasa temple over two years, so you deserve receiving the precepts.”

He received sāmaṇera precepts and dharma name ‘Bonwon’(1977) at 17. Monk Buddhapala, recognizing ‘If you become a monk, you can study’, suggested it to two younger brothers, and Both of them became monks. Four out of five brothers in the family became monks.



The Buddist monks and laymen were practicing ‘walking Sati’ at Sati arama of Buddhagaya

When I taught at Dongguk University, a memory of the first practice at Bogwangseonwon of Tongdosa in 1988 came into my mind clearly. An idea crossed my mind. “I’ve analyzed texts and taught texts only till now. It is not enough to understand the scriptures itself. I must add practice to achieve ‘everything in Buddhism’. It would not have been a sudden conclusion. It must have been the agony and a key topic since college.

He left for India on December 20, 1996, and arrived at Buddhagaya on the 25th of the month. At the International Meditation Center, he learned Vipassana practice for the first time in his life under the guidance of Indian monk Rastrapāla. He realized it intuitively at dusk of the third day. “If I go this way, I will achieve what I have in mind!”

After completing the practice course, he received dharma name “Buddhapala” from the monk Lastrapala. He stood in front of the bodhitree in Buddhagaya(January 1997). “I will restore Indian Buddhism!”

At the Mahasi · Chanmyay meditation center, which has been building a reputation around the world, he had been aborbed in Vipassana practice. Back and forth between Korea and India, he‘d dedicated himself to practicing for three years(1997-1999). He came to understand fully ‘sati’ known as awareness and mindfulness. ”Let others learn this.”

“Let's build a practice village” He made up his mind and went to the foot of Mt. Dabosan. First of all, he bought 6611m² (2000 pyeong) and founded SATI Ārāma. (June 1999) Because of the green belt area, it was difficult to purchase land anymore, so he bought a house or two that were moved out. In that way, he bought 15 houses for 10 years and expanded the monastery. Expanding is still in progress.



Over 300 Sati masters are being trained in the Sati Arama, Dabo-san, Gimhae.

On January 21, 2002, he stood again in front of the Bodhitree of Buddhagaya. He announced the “Buddhagaya Declaration”,the founding declaration. Both Mahayana Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism were important and respected, but he insisted that we should first focus on the Buddha who brought the Dhamma to this world. He also emphasized that all texts related to Buddhism should be interpreted and practiced based on the practice. He asserted that Buddhism should contributes to our society and humanity.

The Buddhists who agree with the declaration began to gather, and soon made a medium and long-term plan of masterpiece based on the ‘Buddhagaya Declaration’. The five core projects are restoring Indian Buddhism, educating spiritual leaders, training Indian monks, establishing free medical schools and mind movement SATI LIFE. It is not just a declaration and planning. He is action-oriented.

In 2006, after establishing and obtaining permission for a “Mūla Sańgha” corporation in India, he began purchasing land near the Mahabodhi temple in Buddhagaya. The representative of Mula sangha is Monk Buddhapala. Currently, it has secured 2,3140m² (7000 pyeong), of which 6611m² (2000 pyeong · 3 billion won by korea money) was donated to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is planning to construct ’Bunhwang Temple’ in Buddagaya. SATI Ārāma, international practice center, was opened(2008). And the Buddhagaya International SatiSchool, an institution specializing in training for Buddhist monks of India.(Opened in 2016, newly built in 2018) The first samanera students entered in April 2018. It is somewhat sorry that the establishment of a free medical school is delayed due to site problems. Since he made the vow in front of Bodhitree of Buddhagaya in 1997, Buddhapala monk has been devoted to restoring Indian Buddhism for over 20 years.

India has a population of 1.35 billion, the second largest population in the world. Hinduism (80.5%) and Islam (13.4%) are the majority. Buddhism accounts for less than 1%, even though Goenka’s meditation practice, the conversion movement of Ambedkar, and the Buddhism revival movement of the Shakya people attracted attention from the Indian people. Given this situation, the restoration of Indian Buddhism seems far away.

"At first, I just started to simply help restoring the fallen Indian Buddhism. We owe a great debt to the Buddha. 2000 years ago, we received the teachings of Buddha from India and made it a nourishment for our lives. I also feel that the new awakening of Indian Buddhism is the reward for the Buddha."

More than 150 temples from around the world are located in Buddhagaya. Mula Sangha is said to be the largest of them. There are many temples, but most of them are just as 'shelter' for pilgrims. Buddhagaya is a holy place of enlightenment. I think this place need to be for practice. I want to realize the value of Buddhagaya."

"We'd been working on securing practice space till 2019, and we've been putting priority on training the talented since 2020.”

"We’re aiming to release 10,000 monks and 1 million Sati-masters. It's not just impossible. In two years since opening the Buddhagaya International Satischool, which is dedicated to training monks, hundreds of samanera have been accepted. Of course, they often returned to home by regular tests, but I think the future of Indian monk training is bright. Here's what the University of Delhi, India suggested to us. I was asked to train students of the University of Delhi as Sati-master. I also signed an agreement to open a meditation center within the university if the mutual conditions are met in the future. In August 2018, I taught more than 600 of the 26,000 Master’s and Ph.D students in North Campus of the University of Delhi, .“

The expansion of the site will continue.

"There must be at least 50,000 square meters to create a village in the forest and establish a free medical school. The long-term goal is 100,000 square meters." The establishment of a free medical school will not be easy because of a financial problem.

"Sati practice is a technique that clears the human mind, and medical schools are the ones that clear the body. When your mind and body are balanced and balanced in good health, you can feel great happiness. While studying medicine in the practice village, you will naturally encounter Buddhism and will be very interested in Sati. When they look at the medical blind spot, it's all about preaching the sound of "all that is life is happy.“

In anticipation of Delhi University and Free Medical School, you can read the vow of the evangelical power centered on the elite. It is also the first step and fastest path to the restoration of Indian Buddhism. How many years will it take for Indian Buddhism to be restored?

"Hard work during one or two generations is not enough. It can take 300 years or so. That's why I’m focusing our efforts on securing the space. I'm sure someone with space will keep this project on."



Buddhapāla's book, "All about the mind- Sati technique of Buddha " : a book that clearly shows how to practice Sati.

"We can enjoy happy life when we live wisely. A wise life can be accomplished when you behave correctly. The right life is full of cleanliness. The body and mind need to be clean to be free from psychological restraints. Happiness grows as much as the size of freedom and cleanliness. It's also the purpose of practice.”

I was wondering one thing. Where does the courage to leave for India and Myanmar, and the boldness that began the great vow and project of 300 years come? The monk smiled and told the first rule of "Byukamrok.".

"When I had a hard time controling my empty mind teaching at Dongguk University, I opened up a 'Byukamrok'. The words in the conversation between Emperor Mujae and Dhalma were engraved in my mind. The teaching is "It's empty, so there's nothing sacred about it.“ Interpretations on this can be various. The paradox is possible: The expression ‘there's nothing sacred about it might mean ‘everything is sacred.‘ If there is no way, that might mean everything can be a way. I got to conclusion that the way I‘m going to can be the way. I could understand why he had to discard and leave.

Knock on the door of Sati Arama in Gimhae! If you have the chance, try ’temporarily being a monk’ at Sati Arama in Buddhagaya. If you want to live in a free and open mind, it's a must visit and try experiencing.



About Monk Buddhapāla

◂1960 born in Samchunpo-city, South Korea◂1975 became a monk in Seoul Yaksasa temple,

◂1977 received the samaner precepts in Tongdo temple

◂1986 received the bhikkhu precepts in Bumeo temple◂1992 graduated from Tongdosa Buddhist university◂1992 Director of The Bureau of propagation of religion in Tongdotemple◂1996 completion of Ph.d course in Dongguk university◂1996 got a prize “Bul-i“

◂now CEO of Mula Sangha community, President of Internationl Sati School◂books: ‘Teachings of Buddha’ , ‘Sati technique of Buddha’
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