Helping immigrants settle in Korea and improve their rights and interests.
Training international dharma instructors to lead a multicultural global society.
Department of Multicultural Activities of the International Dharma Instructors’ Association(IDIA)
is established based on the Buddha’s compassion and philosophy of harmony and aims to support immigrants who left their homeland and work hard for their dreams and hopes in a foreign country.
Dept. of Multicultural Activities has established itself as a place to help immigrants from Buddhist countries maintain their identity, live happier lives in Korea, and promote the Four Immeasurables of the Bodhisattva.
Participating in and Sponsorship of events for Immigrants’ Temples and Communities
New Year’s Events: Nepal Navavarsha, Bangladesh Vaisakhi, Myanmar Thingyan, Thailand Songkran, and Cambodia Choul Chanm Thmey/New Year
Buddha’s Birthday Event (Vesak Day): Theravada Buddhist Temple
Kathina offerings: Cambodia Phuhumber festival, Theravada Buddhist Temple
Events hosted by Department of Multicultural Activities of IDIA
Foreign Workers Korean Traditional Culture Travel : To provide foreign workers who lack an understanding of Korean culture due to limited time (only Sundays day off) and low income. The program is conducted to invite foreign workers to tour temples and palaces in Seoul once per year during the first half of the year (between May and June).
Korean Speech Contest for Foreign Workers: In a multicultural society, we hold Korean Speech Contests around Hangul Day to provide the opportunity for immigrants to learn the Korean language, a necessity for living in harmony with the Korean people, and to show their speech skills while cherishing and developing their own cultures.
International Students-Related Events
Inviting international students to the Lotus-Lantern Fesival and providing temple stay programs to them.
Planning on conducting and supporting a program to train Korean language teachers of immigrants.