Summer Kyol Che 2018
Tuesday May 29th – Saturday August 25th
Summer Kyol Che 2018 at Musangsa is on a new schedule that includes formal practice, working, hiking, together action and experiencing Zen temple life. All are welcome to join and benefit from this new style of Kyol Che. It’s a unique opportunity to benefit from practicing together with monks, nuns, international practitioners, and receiving regular teaching from the guiding teachers. Kyol Che at Musangsa can be a valuable experience in making a foundation for Zen practice when returning to your respective home countries. Please read carefully the following information before submitting your application.
The first 2 months - “Action Zen Retreat”Entry days are every other Saturday. The daily schedule during these 2 months will consist of basic formal practice in the morning & evening with regular kong-an interviews twice a week, together action activities that includes additional formal practice, group work, hiking and other events during the day, following a more flexible schedule (see below) depending on Korea’s summer monsoon conditions.
The last 1 month - “Sitting Zen Retreat”Entry days are every Saturday. Follows the daily formal Kyol Che practice schedule. Those joining the “Sitting Zen Retreat” must participate in the full practice schedule (see below) and keep strict silence throughout.* *This also applies to all monks and nuns. The monks and nuns who work to support the retreat take part in basic formal morning & evening practice, and can do additional practice as they are available in a separate meditation room. They can also register for the “Sitting Zen Retreat” for a week when someone else covers their job for that week.
Entry Dates - Saturdays only, *except where indicated belowMay 27th - *Sunday (For international participants entering at the start of the retreat on Tuesday, May 29. Participants travelling locally from Korea starting retreat on May 29, may enter by Monday, May 28 by 12pm.
June 9th, 23rd
July 7th, 21st
July 27th *Friday (The first entry for the “Sitting Zen Retreat”)
August 4th, 11th, 18th
Basic Requirements (minimum one week participation)The retreat is open to all who have had some experience of meditation in a Kwan Um School of Zen center and can sit for a minimum of one week. (Monks and nuns are required to sit for the full 90 days.) Applicants must be over 18 years old and are expected to stay for the complete period for which they have applied. Retreat accommodation is in simple, shared rooms, sleeping on the floor (heated in winter) with mattresses.
Arrival & Registration- International participants entering at the start of the retreat on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, must arrive at Musangsa no later than Sunday, May 27, 2018 by 12pm.
- Participants travelling locally from Korea entering at the start of retreat on May 29, 2018, may enter by Monday, May 28 by 12pm.
- Designated entry dates are on Saturdays ONLY.
- For each entry date, please arrive at Musangsa by 12pm promptly.
- Upon arrival, please register at the Musangsa office and then go to an important orientation at 1:30pm.
- Exit from retreat is at 12 noon on Saturdays ONLY, unless otherwise announced.
Basic RulesParticipants who join the retreat should agree to the following:
- Follow the Retreat and Temple Rules of the Kwan Um School of Zen
- Observe silence during the retreat according to program
- Participate fully in daily scheduled practice
- Not shave your head if you are a layperson – you should keep at least 1 cm of hair
- Take care that your actions do not disturb others and conform to the behavior and etiquette required at a Korean temple - participants will be instructed on this as part of their practice
- Not to have any outside communications during the retreat
- Not to use mobile phones, personal computers, tablets, and any personal telecommunication or entertainment devices during the retreat.
TravelIf you are coming from overseas, we can provide you with travel directions from Incheon Airport to Musangsa. If you are joining the retreat on an entry date after the start, plan to arrive at least one day before your entry date to adjust to the local situation, especially if you are coming from abroad. You can stay in a hotel/motel accommodation outside the temple until the entry date, in the town near Musangsa called Eomsari, or in Seoul.
Documents RequiredPlease make sure you have a valid passport. Also, please check with the Korean embassy in your country whether the type of visa you will receive is of sufficient length for your stay at Musangsa. For more information, please check the following Korean Immigration website http://www.moj.go.kr/HP/ENG/index.do
It is very difficult to obtain a long-term visa for Korea and it is not permissible for any participant to overstay the allotted time on their visa. If you plan to sit the full 90-day retreat, it will actually be necessary to stay longer than 90 days in Korea, including your arrival date, departure date, orientation, etc. Since most tourist visas are for 90 days or less, you should choose one of the following options:
I. Visa extension trip to Japan
It is possible to make a visa extension trip to Japan during the retreat, and receive another 90 days in Korea. The cost of the trip which is to be made by ship, should be met by the participant. If your country also requires a visa for Japan, you will need to obtain that before the retreat begins. Please check for visa requirements to enter Japan.
II. Those who do not wish to make a visa extension trip to Japan during the retreat may enter 11 days later (June 9, 2018), which will allow you to finish on the last day of the retreat (August 25) along with the rest of the group. In this case, the actual period of the retreat will be 78 days.
III. Musangsa DOES NOT service applications for visa extensions as current Korean Immigration law is stringent on short term extensions. Kyol Che participants are recommended to schedule their retreat participation dates to within their visa limit dates to avoid hassles or denial of future entry into Korea. Korea Immigration website: http://www.moj.go.kr/HP/ENG/index.do
* Citizens of countries which automatically receive 6 month tourist visas to Korea (such as Canada) are able to sit the full 90 day retreat without a visa extension.
No Outside ContactsParticipants must remain inside the temple area for the entire duration of their retreat. Telephone calls, chats, e-mail, letters and contacts with visitors are not allowed, except in case of an emergency. If this occurs, the temple Director can be contacted by e-mail, fax, or telephone and you will be notified.
ClothingWhile participating in Kyol Che, all participants should wear the traditional meditation clothes. This means grey meditation pants, working jacket and bowing robe.
Meditation clothes can also be borrowed from the temple upon your arrival, but sizes and limited. Shirts with collars should not be worn. Round-neck shirts, T-shirts and sweaters are best. These should be white, gray or a dull color. Personal clothing brought to the retreat, including socks, etc. should be of muted, dull colors such as gray, brown or white, to blend in well with the gray-colored robes. If you have taken five precepts or more in our school, please bring your small kasa or long robe (as appropriate) for chanting practice.
FoodIt is not possible to satisfy the special food requirements of all participants. All participants are requested to accept the simple, vegetarian diet provided. Supplementary foodstuffs are not permitted.
Personal Health and InsuranceYou are expected to take responsibility for your own health. We cannot assume responsibility for personal medicines, medical and dental expenses. It is not possible to visit a doctor during the retreat except in cases of serious emergency. If you have any existing illness or physical injury that requires ongoing medical treatment, please do not apply for this retreat.
Transportation CostsAll participants need to bear their own transportation costs. This includes: - Round-trip airfare from your home country to Seoul
- Round-trip fare by ship, between Busan and Japan if a visa renewal trip is needed (approx. US $300)
- Transportation costs to and from the airport
- Cost of overnight accommodation in a hotel or motel (yeo-gwan) if necessary, due to late flight arrival in Korea (approx. US $40 upwards).
How to ApplyIf you wish to join the Kyol Che retreat please complete and return the Kyol Che Application form by downloading or submitting the online form with a recent photograph of yourself. All applications should be submitted minimum of 1 week before your entry date. Seats are limited for the retreat and applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis with approvla from the guiding teachers, so apply early to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you:
- indicate the period that you wish to sit with exact dates
- provide full information about your meditation experience
- attach a recent photograph
- complete the application form fully with signature (check box for online form)
All applications need to be reviewed and approved by the Musangsa Guiding Teachers. This also applies to former retreat participants.
|1 Week||4 Weeks||2 Months|
|Working Retreat||250,000 won||800,000 won||1,600,000 won|
|Sitting Retreat||300,000 won||1,000,000 won||--|