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Ven. Dongwhi Sheds Light on World
Ven. Donghwi is ambitious female monk whose nickname is "Picasso of Korean Buddhism." She majored in fine art at a major university in Seoul before she worked as a magazine journalist.

At age 62 Ven. Donghwi she is still very active with her plans to disseminate the teachings and compassion of Buddha not only to the country but to the rest of the world.

At her own Yeoraesa (: 033-434-7232) temple in Hongcheon in Gwangwon Provice some three hours drive from Seoul, she has some 1,000 works of art painted by herself.

"I am turning this temple into art temple," Dongwhi told The Seoul Times recently. "I want to make this temple into a factory manufacturing Buddhas and a Sun"

In actuality Dongwhi has been putting years of efforts to make Yeoraesa Temple as the center of the unverse.

"I want my followers to receive a universe energy here at our temple," Dongwhi said. "That is why I am revering Happy Mandala seated at my temple"

For Dongwhi "Happy Mandala" or "Diamond Mandala" is the very lource of the universe energy.

She said that "Happy Mandala" is the root or womb of the universe. She argued that she wants to make her followers to be awakened at the light of enlightenment at her temple.

Dongwhi predicted that South Korea will be the center of the world and her Yeoraesa Temple will be epicenter of the universe as the medication center.

"I am spending lots of time and energy in painting "Princess RADIA," my own creation of six or seven years ago," she went on. "RADIA is like the Bodhisattva of Wisdom (߱)"

Dongwhi argued that "Princess RADIA" will be the national daughter of South Korea for its growth and progress.

"Princess RADIA" will take care of South Korea, saving the whole world, according to Dongwhi.

Eleven years ago in 2010 Dongwhi purchased a large chunk of land to establish the sacred Happy Mandala temple of Yeoraesa.

Now on the spacious land of 10,000 pyeong (one pyeong equals 3.3 square meters), Yeoraesa Temple or Happy Mandala Temple is becoming the center of the universe, according to Dongwhi. It has main hall, meditation hall, gallery, and cafe for rest.

A huge structure of "Golden Mandala" is being built to house the names of both living and the dead. She said it will be as big as 45 meters in diameter. a name plague of pure gold will be placed at the structure.

As part of the Esoteric Buddhism (), Yeoraesa Temple is being turned into an Art Temple where Dongwhi paints "Princess RADIA" and other Buddhist works of art.

Before she founded Yeoraesa Temple Dongwhil went to Tibet, paying frequent visits to its Tibetan Buddhist temples including Swayambhunath Monkey Temple in Katmandu.

From there Dongwhi brought two real pieces of Sarira () to keep them at Yeoraesa Temple. Sarira is the relics of the Buddha's true-body remains after cremation.

So, her Yeoraesa Temple is considered as the Shrine for Sakyamuni Buddha's Sarira, sice hers keeps two pieces of it.

Soon Dongwhil will openn a medication center called "Happy Mandala School" in Anguk-dong in towntowm Seoul for shed light of trugh on the blessings of Buddha.

"I want my temple to be the center of Happy Mandala, the right source of the true light of the world," she added.




 

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