A one o'clock he beat the stick to signal the beginning. We then sat cross-legged or in lotus position for thirty minutes, walked for ten, sat for another thirty, walked another ten, and sat for a final thirty. My legs fell asleep and I practiced sitting with the pain, focusing on the breath, staying with the count. When the final slap came, we rearranged the cushions for the dharma talk. Two monks told stories and discussed their meaning, stories about freedom through following the precepts of monk hood, a story of one of the lives of Buddha, about his inner courage and fearlessness.
Incredible to be able to have this resource in English and in Seoul it was one of many similar options we could have attended today. And so many temple stays possible as well. Below is the approach to the outer gate of the temple and the building in which we met.