BKS Virtual Event: An introduction to Korean Buddhism and its Temples, 2 March 2022

Posted by: Hannah Giles  |  Posted on: February 18th, 2022


An introduction to Korean Buddhism

and its Temples


Wednesday 2nd March 2021

6:30pm – 8:00pm via Zoom

Speaker: Professor David A Mason


Register via Eventbrite



A brief history and introduction to the unique characteristics of Korea’s Buddhism

and its ancient temples


Whether you are fully familiar with global Buddhist history and wisdom or just a beginner, this lecture-conversation will get you familiar with how it came to Korea some 1600 years ago, and then evolved in its distinct scholastic, meditational and devotional styles. Professor Mason will explain in easy-to-understand terms the unique factors that make this main national traditional religion truly “Korean”, within the Northeast Asian context. You will experience a fascinating journey through the long, vibrant Buddhist history of the various Korean dynasties.

Take this guided lecture to learn all-about the history and unique characteristics of Korea’s Buddhism. The best three of its ancient temples (now listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites!) with their spectacular scenery and interesting traditional artworks will be included, with colourful stories of great enlightened masters. You will learn so very much, about Korean Buddhism, ancient and modern!

Professor Mason is an American citizen who has lived for 34 years in South Korea, exploring it himself, leading tours, working in its tourism field and writing about its history and culture. He is co-author of An Encyclopaedia of Korean Buddhism (Unjusa, Seoul, 2013) and many other books.


The event is open to non-members of the British Korean Society, though attendees are encouraged to join the BKS to support our work and make future events like this possible. Find out more here.


Once you have registered via Eventbrite you will be sent a Zoom link.

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