[SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] 2018 september / Korean Buddhism in the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow작성일   2018-08-14


Korean Buddhism in the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Lecturer: Bernard Senécal                                                      

Professor, Sogang University


An overall introduction to Korean Buddhism, the lecture will answer to a number of basic questions. What are the main events and actors of its history? How many sects does it reckon today and what defines them? How does it relate to the other religious traditions of Korea: Shamanism, Confucianism, Wŏn Buddhism, Christianity, etc.? How does it relate to politics? Is Buddhism still extant in North Korea, and if so how? What kind of meditation technique does South Korean Buddhism teach, and what are their strong and weak points? In a word, what are the characteristics that distinguish Buddhism in South Korea from Buddhism in other parts of East Asia and the rest of the world? In order to allow the members of the audience unfamiliar with Buddhism the follow the lecture without difficulty, the lecture will begin with a brief reminder of what Buddhism, i.e. the religion of Awakening or Enlightenment, is all about. A reasonable amount of time will be dedicated to answering the questions of the audience.





Bernard Senécal (Seo Myeong Weon) was born in Montréal, Canada. Originally, he majored in medicine at Bordeaux 2 University in France. However, he gave up studying medicine and entered the Society of Jesus. He was interested in Buddhism as well and took a master's degree in Korean Buddhism. As a Jesuit priest, he was sent to Korea. While doing duty as a priest, he studied the science of religion in Yonsei University and Sogang University. After years of hard work, he was appointed the Director of Institute for the Study of Religion in Sogang University in 2013. Also, he became the assistant editor of the Journal or Korean Religious and the chairman of Way's End Stone Field Community. After acquiring Korean citizenship in 2015, Dr. Senécal is still is working actively in Korea.

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Education Room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Date and Time

September 3th, 2018 (Mon)

11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M



No Admission Fee.


Contact (Registration required)


Tel: 010.4692.6851 (Text Only)


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