Pilgrimage Kicks Off

The Wonhyo Pilgrimage Project kicked off last night with a traditional Korean dinner at a restaurant in Gyeongju. Nine persons attended.

Professor David Mason of Kyunghee University kicked off the evening with a story about Uisang, the friend of Wonhyo, who accompanied him on his journey to enlightenment across the Korean Peninsula. It was a story full of dragons, princesses and mythological events.

Tony MacGregor, one of the participating pilgrims, toasted Wonhyo and his achievements and the efforts of the pilgrims to emulate Wonhyo’s success in self understanding.

Four pilgrims will leave this morning for the first stop, Oeo-sa. They will be emulating the 7th century journey of the Korean Buddhist monk Wonhyo who found enlightenment in Dangjin.

In the left photo: Lay Buddhist Khema, Pilgrimage participant Tony MacGregor, Bhurmese Monk Pannyabhoga show off the Wonhyo banner in the English Buddhist Library in Seoul. Center: Kickoff dinner of traditional Korean food. Right: Two walking participants of the pilgrimage Tony MacGregor and David Watermeyer discuss Wonhyo’s life prior to starting their journey.

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