What is it?
The Meditation’s vision is for all people to achieve human completion, become fundamentally united, and live in peaceful coexistence through cleansing the mind.
Ma-Eum Su-Ryun was founded in 1996 and there are now about 345 meditation centres in 41 countries world-wide. The meditation’s systematic and scientific method is universal; it transcends race, cultures, religions, and national borders and is easily practiced by anyone from children to the elderly. To date, there are over 300,000 practitioners all over the world who have been enlightened of their true nature, the Universe, and are finding lasting happiness through the meditation method.
The meditation began, with one person who achieved completion by eliminating all of his human minds. Since then, Woo Myung has dedicated his life to teaching anyone and everyone in search of Truth to become complete. His actions and the life he lives have been instrumental in showing people one of the principles of the world that he teaches – namely, that one reaps as one sows.
There were ten people in the first group of students who came to learn the meditation method. One week later, nine of them were enlightened of the place of the mind. When people heard that it was possible to truly discard their minds and receive enlightenment after a week of practice, 50 people gathered a month later. What originally started as a week-long practice once a month became twice a month, which then quickly became once-a-week all year round.
Ma-Eum Su-Ryun is a place where you become true by discarding your false body and mind.
The name ‘Ma-Eum Su-Ryun’ was given after proper meditation facilities were prepared in February 1997. In Korean, the word ‘Ma-Eum Su-Ryun’ means cleansing the mind (literally Mind Meditation). The word mind here, however, has a much wider meaning in Korean, encompassing the meanings of the words consciousness, conceptions, thoughts, emotions, and heart. Moreover, it speaks of the human minds we must discard, but it also refers to the mind we must attain – the mind of the Universe. Put simply, the meditation is changing the human mind to the mind of the Universe, and the name implies all of these meanings.
The meditation method is simple, clear, and inclusive which is why it was able to become so popular in such a short period of time.
A method for cleansing the mind exists in the meditation.
As practitioners of the meditaiton spoke to their friends and family of their experiences and changes, the meditation quickly spread all over the world. The years between 1996 and 2002 were an intense period of growth within Korea as Woo Myung spent days meeting and talking to people about Truth and teaching them the method with which they themselves could attain enlightenment. In order to teach action meditation, he prepared and tilled fields where they could put action meditation into practice. He woke up earlier, worked harder and slept less than the students who had come to learn from him.
In 2002, Woo Myung left Korea to teach the method to people in the wider world living in suffering. He has since circled the globe three and a half times every year, with a schedule more grueling than the one he had in Korea. His passion to help people achieve completion and gain enlightenment remains unabated to this day.
The meditation is a ‘total education’ where one can achieve human completion.
The meditation offers various programs that cater to different ages and needs, in order to make it more relevant and accessible to all people. Its benefits are wide-reaching as is evident by the variety of different organizations that have adopted the meditaiton into their curriculums or training programs.
Registered as a non-profit organization, Ma-Eum Su-Ryun offers elective courses in universities in Korea since 2008. It is also an accredited professional development course for teachers as well as being adopted as part of the training program for employees both in governmental departments and organizations; Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of Security and Public Administration, and big corporations such as Samsung and Kia. K-12 students come to attend the Meditation Youth Camp during school breaks and holidays and college students attend the biannual Meditation University Camp.
True peace among mankind is achieved by changing one person’s mind.
The meditation practitioners play important roles in society each in their own way, in order to live lives of oneness and coexistence. Members of Ma-Eum Su-Ryun Teachers’ Assocation andMa-Eum Su-Ryun Medical Association regularly volunteer their knowledge and expertise with students, the elderly, the sick or disadvantaged members of society while many the meditation-affiliated college and school students volunteer their time to community charitable projects.
Woo Myung says, “This meditation is about living for others once you have achieved completion by discarding yourself through cleansing your mind.” This is not a conscious act of ‘goodness’ or charity but a change that comes about naturally in the process of meditation. A person who has discarded his self knows that he and the world are not separate but one, so he lives for others without the thought or the mind that he is doing something ‘good’. When one discards his false minds, his original nature – his true mind – emerges, and the conception of you and me disappears. Therefore he is able to live the most joy-filled life.