May every place of practice be protected,
and may its energy continue without end.
In general, a “place of practice,” or 도량 in Korean, refers to a physical place, such as a building or temple. But, Daehaeng Kun Sunim has also used this to mean us. We, here in our body, are where we are practicing, and where we have to practice. This is where true cultivation happens, as we work and struggle to transcend our habits and fixed ways of perceiving and reacting.
That said, I’ve visited old temple sites in Korea that have felt alive with energy. It feels like the energy of all the people practicing there had sunk down into the ground, and was still there, vibrating.