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423-kilometer Buddhist Pilgrimage Begins

423-kilometer Buddhist Pilgrimage Begins

SUNCHEON, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — A Buddhist pilgrimage dedicated to hope and consolation in the pandemic era has begun with participants embarking on a cross-country journey. Monks from the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and 94 Buddhist believers began a 19-day pilgrimage from Songgwang Temple in Suncheon, 415 kilometers south of Seoul, on Friday. The [...]

Buddhist Community Cancels Lantern Festival amid Lingering Fears of Coronavirus

Buddhist Community Cancels Lantern Festival amid Lingering Fears of Coronavirus

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Buddhist community said Tuesday that it will cancel the Lotus Lantern Festival slated for next week due to growing concerns over the recent resurgence of the novel coronavirus infections in the country. “No one can predict whether new cluster infections will happen again, regarding the recent [...]

S. Korean Religious Groups Postpone Buddha’s Birthday, Easter Celebrations over Virus Spread

S. Korean Religious Groups Postpone Buddha’s Birthday, Easter Celebrations over Virus Spread

SEOUL, March 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Buddhist community and an umbrella group of Protestant churches said Wednesday they will postpone upcoming Buddha’s birthday and Easter celebrations to join the nationwide fight against the novel coronavirus. “The ritual to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, scheduled to be held on April 30, will be put off [...]

KABS to hold symposium on Buddhism and 4th Industrial Revolution

KABS to hold symposium on Buddhism and 4th Industrial Revolution

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean Association for Buddhist Studies is set to hold a symposium on the convergence of Buddhism and the fourth industrial revolution next month. The academic conference will see scholars put their heads together to discuss the future of Buddhism and its relation to the latest technologies including artificial intelligence, [...]

Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

Buddhist Community Debates Allowing Older Retirees into Priesthood

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – An increasing number of South Koreans are seeking Buddhist priesthood after their retirement, but an ordinance set by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism – the largest Buddhist sect here – prohibits those over the age of 50 from commencing priesthood.  An upcoming meeting scheduled for March will once [...]