A birds-eye view of Bunhwangsa, a Korean-style Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India. (Jogye Order)

A birds-eye look at of Bunhwangsa, a Korean-model Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, India. (Jogye Order)

Bunhwangsa, a Korean Buddhist temple, will open in Bodh Gaya, India on Saturday with a delegation of 150 Korean Buddhists from the Jogye Purchase – South Korea’s biggest Buddhist sect — attending the opening ceremony.

Bodh Gaya in northeastern India’s Bihar point out is 1 of Buddhism’s 4 holiest web sites. It is exactly where Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment less than a Bodhi tree according to Buddhist texts.

The project to establish a Korean-fashion temple in Bodh Gaya was launched in 2019 when two woman Buddhists, Salmae and Yeonchui, donated 5 billion received ($3.9 million) to the cause. This was followed by the donation of a 6,600-square meter plot of land in Bodh Gaya worth 3 billion won by customers of Tongdosa, one particular of the three premier Buddhist temples in Korea, positioned in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province.

The opening ceremony will acquire spot on Saturday with some 150 Buddhist monks and practitioners led by Most Ven. Wonhaeng, the president of the Jogye Buy. The delegation is also the premier group from Korea to finish a pilgrimage in India considering that the outbreak of COVID-19.

The finished temple will have a overall floor location of 3,305 square meters. It will include a Buddha corridor, meditation corridor, visitor quarters, and a overall health clinic for local residents.

Found about 200 meters from the Mahabodhi Pagoda, the temple will be named Bunhwangsa. “Bunhwang” refers to a wonderful lotus flower that stays untainted, in spite of blooming in mud. There is a temple with the exact same name in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the historic capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC – Advertisement 935).

Bunhwangsa in Gyeongju was commissioned by Queen Seondeok (reign 632 – 647), as an act of fervent devotion to repulse international invaders and carry prosperity and peace to her kingdom. In the same way, the name Bunhwangsa for the temple in India was picked out by the principal donors for a exclusive motive. It embodies the donors’ drive to get over issues at household and overseas that Korea faces currently, an official from the Jogye Get reported.

Bunhwangsa in Bodh Gaya will provide as a refuge for Korean Buddhists and individuals seeking a spiritual awakening whilst on pilgrimage, the formal added. For the reason that of its status as a web page of enlightenment, lots of main Buddhist traditions all-around the world are represented by a temple or monastery crafted in their personal distinctive kinds in Bodh Gaya. It has been a lengthy cherished aspiration of Korean Buddhists to set up a person in Bodh Gaya, the formal mentioned.

The temple is also part of the Jogye Order’s “One Million Vows Assembly” initiative, aimed at boosting its dwindling congregation amid decreases in both the standard and Buddhist population in South Korea.

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