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New Korean Buddhist Temple to Open in Bodh Gaya, India – Buddhistdoor Global

From koreaherald.com

A new Korean Buddhist temple called Bunhwang-sa will open in Bodh Gaya, India on Saturday. A delegation of 150 monks from the Jogye Order, South Korea’s largest Buddhist order, plans to attend the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony will be led by Ven. Wonhaeng, president of the Jogye Order. The event marks the first time a large group of pilgrims have traveled from Korea to Bodh Gaya since the outbreak of COVID-19 more than two years ago.

The temple is part of the “One Million Vows Assembly” initiative of the Jogye Order, led by Ven. Wonhaeng with the aim of securing a strong future for Korean Buddhism. The initiative is in response to the dwindling number of Korean Buddhists and the rapidly declining birth rate in Korea.

Speaking of the initiative, Ven. Wonhaeng said, “Each of us alone may be small and weak, but if the aspiration of a million Buddhists can be channeled together, we can achieve anything, anywhere in the world. (Korean Buddhism)

Plans to build the temple began in 2019, when two women, Salmae and Yeonchui, donated 5 billion won ($3.9 million) for its completion. After that, members of Tongdo-sa, one of the three largest Buddhist temples in Korea, donated 6,600 square meters of land for the temple. The land is located approximately 200 meters from the Mahabodhi temple complex in the heart of the city. Construction began in 2020 and progress progressed without major delays, despite the pandemic.

The temple will occupy half of the donated land and will include a Buddha hall, a meditation hall, guest quarters, a public relations office, teahouses and a health clinic for local residents. Photos from earlier this year show the temple in its construction phase, with sweeping Korean-style rooflines in place in front of a sea of ​​steel bars, where another building will be erected. Traditional Korean lanterns have been placed around a tree at the site, along with several Buddha statues awaiting their final resting place in the temple complex.

At koreanbuddhism.net

The name “Bunhwang” refers to the scent of a lotus flower, which remains intact, despite blooming in the mud. The term means fragrant emperor and is the same name given to a temple established in 634 CE at Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BCE–935 CE).

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The temple in Korea was commissioned by Queen Seondeok (r. 632-647) as an act of devotion, in the hope that it would restore peace and prosperity to the country. By giving the same name, supporters of the new temple hope to bring good fortune to pilgrims and residents of Bodh Gaya, who have long been among the poorest in India.

Fri. Wonhaeng and others hope the move will be a milestone in the revival of Korean Buddhism in the 21st century. As plans were drawn up for the temple two years ago, he said, “One person’s aspiration will move 100 people, and 10,000 wishes will flow into a great river of a million wishes. We will never stop our fervent prayers until the bright future of Korean Buddhism unfolds before us. (Korean Buddhism)

The city of Bodh Gaya, located in the state of Bihar in northeastern India, is the best known of the four main places of pilgrimage of Buddhism. The other three are Lumbini, Nepal, where the Buddha was born, Shravasti, where the Buddha gave his first teaching, and Kushinagar, where he died or entered. paranirvana.

According to 2015 data, about 56% of the South Korean population has no religious affiliation. Christians make up the majority of religious people in the country with around 27.6% of the population, while Buddhists make up 15.5%.

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Inauguration of a Korean-style Buddhist temple at the holy site of Buddhism in India (The Korean Herald)
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