I recently returned from a new(ish) continuing education program that’s been instituted within the Jogye Order. They’re now offering nearly fifty 3 day classes throughout the year, covering topics from managing temples to social welfare projects to counseling skills. Everyone’s now required to take one class a year, but I’ve taken two so far, and that seems to be the norm. This is quite a nice step up for the Jogye Order, where these kinds of skills tended to be learned or passed along in a fairly haphazard fashion.
This was all done at a new training center set up near Ma-gok Temple, in South Chung Chong Province. And by “near,” I mean a five minute walk!