Practice & Daily life
Primarily, temple is a place for spiritual work, when we look inside, let go of all our attachments and hindrances, and attain our true self. That is why practice is of the highest importance. All temple residents and guests are taking part in daily practice.
We start the day at 5:30 am with 108 bows, chanting Korean sutras, doing a rice offering ceremony, and sitting meditation for 40 minutes. After breakfast, everyone takes part in work period, which is usually daily maintenance or work in the garden. At 11 am we have noon kido chanting, with rice offering ceremony at 11:45, followed by lunch.
In the afternoon, we work or use our free time. Most residents have a full-time job in the temple. Depending on the arrangement with the temple, guests have their afternoon free. They usually explore the valley or visit Esztergom, Budapest or, the Slovakian city, Sturovo, on the other side of the Danube.
Dinner is at 18.00. At 19.30 we begin the evening practice - kido chanting, regular evening chanting and one or two 40-minute periods of sitting meditation. Sleep time is usually around 22.00.
From 22.00 we keep silence until breakfast the next day.
Every Sunday we do some informal together action, morning or afternoon, outside of the temple. Thus we get to know our surroundings better, spend time with each other, and show the guests the beauties of the land around us, should that be some historic sites in the nearby cities or the raw beauty of the forests and mountains near the temple.
Winter Kyol Che Daily Schedule (January - March each year)
Living in a community gives us opportunity to reflect on ourselves as well as receive feedback from our Sangha family. This helps us grow and become mature, compassionate and clear human beings. Likewise, we can be very helpful for this world and other beings.