Jungto Society, the international Buddhist community founded by the revered Korean Dharma master and social activist Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님), marked the birth of the Buddha on Saturday. Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, recently returned from a tour of Asia visiting vulnerable communities and social activist groups in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, led a series of three commemorative ceremonies over the course of the day at the Jungto Society headquarters in downtown Seoul: a morning ceremony for Jungto practitioners, an afternoon interfaith gathering for respected public figures, social activists, and representatives of other religious traditions, and an evening ceremony for younger members of Jungto Society.
Commemorations for the birth of Buddha, a public holiday in South Korea, are known as Bucheonim Osin Nal (부처님 오신 날) meaning “the day the Buddha came,” and Seokga Tansinil (석가탄신일), “the Buddha’s birthday.” The festival is observed on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, which usually falls during May.
▶️ Published by BDG on May 31, 2023