African American. Single mom. Zen Buddhist. Yoga Student. Part-time Poet. Music Lover. Avid Reader. Recovering Hungry Ghost.
Yes. 자립 is my Buddhist name written in Korean. 자립 is written and pronounced "Chalip" in English. I received my Buddhist name at Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple on May 16th, 2004 (16th day of the 5th month of the Buddhist Year 2548) when I formally took the Three Refuges and Eight Precepts and embraced the teachings of Buddhism.
The Three Refugues could be considered the "Holy Trinity" in Buddhism. Buddhists take refugue in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Buddha refers to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and can include all Buddhas of the past, present and future. Dharma refers to the teachings of Buddhism. Sangha means community and includes both the community of monks and laypersons who practice Buddhism and the community of all beings. In Western Zen temples/sitting groups you may hear the Three Refuges chanted (spoken aloud) in Pali, Sanskrit or English. This handout provides all three translations.
There are five basic precepts that are the foundational vows all Buddhists undertake. They are:
At Still Point, laypersons take these Eight Precepts (or, vows) when they formally accept Buddhism as their spiritual path. It is common for monks and nuns to take additional precepts when they are ordained.
There are several things you need to do. Here is the basic overview:
For more information, see this helpful article from Declan Software.
At first, I found a few websites that I used as a reference:
Then I found a great software package by Declan Software. The specific product you need to learn Hangul is called Read/Write Korean. You get a 30% discount if you buy the Korean language learning suite (suite includes instruction on the alphabet, computerized flash cards, grammar lessons, a dictionary).
I've maintained this site since 2004 but I'm not always actively blogging on a consistent basis. When you don't see me posting in this space, I'm either working on a demanding project or...
If your question wasn't answered here, feel free to e-mail me. I will make periodic updates to this FAQ.