[K-UNESCO Adventures 2022 l Ep.7] Learning How to Dance with a Monk – Vlog

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Yeongsanjae(영산재) is an ancient Korean Buddhist ritual that has been performed since the earlyJoseon Period(1392-1910). In 2009, it was inscribed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity byUNESCO.

Yeongsanje is not just a ceremony for those who have passed away; it is also a symbolic reenactment ofthe Buddha’s historical delivery of the Lotus Sutra(법화경,法華經) on Vulture Peak, Yeongchwisan(영취산,靈鷲山) some 2,600 years ago. It is Buddhism’s most magnificent and impressive ritual passeddown through the ages.

Majid(Pakistan) and Horea(Canada) visited Bongwonsa(봉원사) temple to observe this Buddhistceremony and they were impressed by all the elements of the ritual: the monks chanting, singing,dancing, and praying for all souls to achieve enlightenment.

Afterthe ceremony, our cast members attended a private class with Venerable Wonheo Choi, Presidentof the Yeongsanjae Preservation Association. Together, they learned two of the traditional dances andgained a deeper understanding about Korean Buddhism. Hope you enjoy this vlog! Don’t forget to like and subscribe! 🙂

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