“True knowledge is not information that we have borrowed from others, it must be the experiences that have made their marks on our own selves.” from the selected dharma sayings of Beop Jeong in May All Beings Be Happy.
Our recent trip to Seoul, South Korea exposed us to a new world of culture and hospitality which I am inspired to share. I had never traveled to Southeast Asia, so this was a first time experience and a priceless gift from our son and daughter-in-law (more accurately, my new daughter), who wanted us to experience Korea and their love for this country before they moved to the United States.
We were there during the Korean Lunar celebration, a week long event that was described to us as being a combination of our Thanksgiving Day, New Years Eve/Day and Fourth of July(US) holidays rolled into one. The exodus of a large percentage of the city’s population, in the tradition of returning to their ancestral/family homes to celebrate, allowed us to traverse the city with ease. What we saw and shared together imprinted our lives beyond the bounds of words.
I am still experiencing what I learned. The whole of the trip echoes within me as the knowledge of it settles permanently. The sights, the sounds, the conversations, the sharing, the connecting, the take-away of new understanding with the accompanying emotions, reflections, and expanded thinking are joyously reverberating throughout my being. This must be the true knowledge from true learning described by Beop Jeong, for this trip has made a lasting impression on me and forged a personal memory.
What I learned in regard to delivering hospitality and building relationships with others will be shared in my upcoming blogs.
I would like to hear from those who have spent time in Southeast Asia and are willing to share their hospitality experiences while there. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.