Who We Are

Won Dharma Center is an Open Circle of teachers and students, neighbors and visitors, young and old, from any faith to no faith. We gather to make our commitment to reduce and eliminate suffering in the world and to provide a safe and eco-friendly space for nurturing holistic well-being and spiritual growth.

The 2nd Won Festival - One Family, One World!


April 30th (Sunday) 10am ~ 4pm, 2017
Won Dharma Center, NY

Welcome! Please join us as we celebrate the enlightenment of our Founding Master Sotaesan at the Won Festival on April 30th, from 10:00 AM – to 4:00 PM. We hope you will come and celebrate Master Sotaesan’s vision of One Family, One World walking together towards worldwide awakening.

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Beginner's Mind Meditation Retreat


May.26 (Fri)~ May.29 (Mon), 2017  (Memorial Day Weekend)
Won Dharma Center, NY

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” ― Shunryu Suzuki ―

With Sensei Koshin PaleyEllison, co-founder of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, we will explore how to cultivate, expand and nurture the “beginner’s mind”. Through seated and walking meditation practice, dharma talks, experiential learning and deep reflection in community.

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Developing A Mindful Presence In Our Bodies


Every Tuesday  (05/02 -  06/20, 2017) 7pm ~  8:30pm  

Won Dharma Center  / Suggested donation $10 per class

by David Brown

This workshop centers on developing the tools that help us to be in a harmonious relationship with our bodies. We develop real, personal and transformational insights into our bodies when we learn to see how our mostly reflexive patterns operate.

It is not so much learning to do the right thing or unlearning to do the wrong thing.
It is more a question of really seeing what in fact we do: how our own body is configured, how it is wired, how it responds. When we do so, then we have choices and gain steerage and traction in our body life.

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Finding The Heart of the Warrior Retreat


June 16th - 18th, 2017 (Friday - Sunday)
Won Dharma Center, New York

The heart is the very center of our beings. It brings vitality and life to the entire body, and is the bridge between the physical and the spiritual. Join me for a 3 day retreat where we explore the heart: learn how it communicates with the organs of your body and begin to hear what they're saying; look at the healing your heart is asking for; explore what true compassion really is; and discover how loving yourself and others is the path to freedom.

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It is a practice that calms delusive thoughts and manifests one’s true nature.
It is a method that causes the fire energy to descend and the water energy to ascend.