Jungto Society

Jungto Society, a Community Based on Buddhist Practice

By committing ourselves to the life of bodhisattva, we vow to live as free individuals without suffering and contribute to making the world around us a better place. Jungto Society dreams of “Jungto”(Pure Land), a world where individuals are happy, societies are peaceful, and the nature is beautiful.

Jungto Society is founded with the aim of solving problems prevalent in a modern society, such as greed, poverty, conflict, and environmental degradation, based on the teachings of Buddha. It came into being in 1988 with the establishments of Jungto Missionary Center, Jungto Monthly, the Korean Buddhist Society Research Institute, and the Korean Buddhist Society Education Center.

With its emphasis on individual Buddhist practice that transforms people’s lives, Jungto Society has been promoting various movements such as ecological awareness campaigns; eradication of famine, disease, and illiteracy; advocacy of peace and human rights; and the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Jungto Society has been working to create Buddhist communities that enable their members to view the problems people face today from a global perspective and to play leading roles in solving these problems.

As of August 2009, Jungto Society has 31 regional chapters in South Korea and 19 overseas chapters including nine in the United States. Jungto societies offer gatherings for Buddhist ceremonies, Venerable Pomnyun Sunim’s Dharma talks, and other Jungto Buddhist programs. They actively promote environmental protection and the welfare of those in need, including starving North Koreans and refugees.

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