Kumgang statues at the Golgul Temple - Head Centre of Sunmudo
Golgul temple has run Sunmudo training programs since 1992 for those who would like to experience the traditions of Korean Buddhism.
Invited by Grandmaster Jeog Un who trained in 'Buddhism Gumgangyunggwan' (Traditional Zen martial arts) under the head master Yang-ik and attained enlightenment in 1975 to the Golgul temple to experience Buddhism and Sunmudo martial arts first hand we spent our time taking part in Buddhist practice 24hrs a day.
Every morning we would rise at 5am and walk up to the temple to take part in the Buddhist ceremony. Part of this ceremony consisted of 108 bows to Buddha. During each Bow ;which consisted of kneeling down and then standing up; one had to appologise for some wrongdoing that had been perfomed in our lives. This being part of a daily cleansing ritual. After the cleansing we turned and faced the rising sun, watching it slowly come up over the horizon with the shadows speeding over the hills during every shift in time.
The afternoons and evenings consisted of taking part in Sunmudo, having a break and then taking part in another aspect of the ancient martial art.
All in all this was a totally enlivening experience