Invitation to the


Date & Time: Saturday, 15 September 2018, 16:00-18:00

Venue: Buddhist Women’s Development Institute (directions below)

Dharma Teacher: Ven. Dhammakitti Sunim 담마키띠 스님

(Chief, Mahavihara Temple) (마하위하라 사원 주지)

Topic: “How to communicate like a Buddhist, ’mindfully and without judgment’”

Language: English

The International Dharma Instructors’ Association (IDIA) is a non-profit organization under the support and supervision of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (대한불교조계종). Our mission is to help people find inner peace and true happiness by sharing Buddha’s teachings.

MONTHLY DHARMA TALKS are given by eminent Seon (Zen) masters and venerable Buddhist monks or nuns.

Anyone interested in Buddhism is welcome to join!


1) From Anguk Station (Line No. 3):

go straight from Exit ⑥, cross the Anguk-dong Junction, continue in a southerly direction – passing Jogyesa Temple () – and turn right at the signpost “조계사 불교대학/Jogyesa Buddhist Education Center” and continue further for 70 m.

2) From Jonggak Station (Line No. 1):

go straight from Exit for 250 m and turn left at the signpost “조계사 불교대학 / Jogyesa Buddhist Education Center” and continue further for 70 m.

Address: 45-13, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Tel: 02) 722-2101 / 722-2102


I have found help in the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, in my quest to be a better communicator, specifically in mindful communication. Mindfulness means being present with what you are doing, while you are doing it, with a nonjudgmental attitude. Not only is mindfulness a formal practice of meditation, it can also be the way one is engaged in any activity. It is the real-time gentle, present-moment, nonjudgmental attention while walking, eating, showering, and every other every day activity you can think of.

I intend to discuss how to involve Buddhist teachings of inner communication with Dharma and social life. We can find good examples in Pali canon such as Sigalovada Sutta.


Bhikkhu Dhammakitti is the Chief incumbent of the Mahavihara Temple in Pyonteak City. A Sri Lankan by birth, he entered the priesthood in the year 1993, at the age of 10. Following his studies, he graduated with a degree in Theravada Buddhism from Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka, and arrived in South Korea for his Master’s studies. He obtained a PhD at Dongguk University, South Korea, in 2016, with a dissertation on Mahayana Buddhism. He has been a resident of South Korea for the past 13 years. Bhikkhu Dhammakitti is well conversant in both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions of Buddhism and teaches at Dongguk University.

As a monk, he is concerned with the spiritual needs of the immigrant community in Korea, displaced both mentally and physically and looking to find meaning in their lives.

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