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Kerry: "I'd Like to Visit Korea's Buddhist Holy Sites."
The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 23 Feb 04 | Kim Chang-ki

Posted on 02/23/2004 7:32:26 PM PST by Chong

Kerry: 'I'd Like to Visit Korea's Buddhist Holy Sites.'

Senator John Kerry

Possible Democratic Party Presidential Candidate John Kerry and the Korean Buddhist martial art of Shim Gum Do. Althought the two might not appear to go together, a certain karma has been developing between them for the last 10 years.

Kerry is very close to Shim Gum Do's founder, Zen Master Kim Chang-sik, and has been a very strong supporter of Kim's activities in the United States. They exchange letters once a month to exchange views on Zen and spiritual discipline, and meet whenever the need arises.

Just to give you an example of how close the two are, when Kerry's father passed away in 2000, he secluded himself at home to console his grief-stricken mother. He met with no one. No one, that is, except Zen Master Kim, whom it's said he met even then.

According to those associated with Shim Gum Do, Kerry is not a student of the practice, but is know to have much interest in Eastern Zen and other forms of spiritual training. Although he's never visited Korea, he is reported to have said he would like to visit Buddhist holy spots in this country.

Shim Gum Do espouses "Zen through the sword," and while it is still quite unknown in Korea, it has been spreading in the United States. This is because its founder, Zen Master Kim, went to the United States in 1974 and set up shop in a neighborhood of Boston.

With its headquarters at Shimgwang-sa Temple in Boston, the World Shim Gum Do Association (www.shimgumdo.org) has 20 temples throughout the United States, including branches in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Mary J. Stackhouse, an American practitioner of the 12 (and highest) rank, has been entrusted as the abbot of Shimgwang-sa Temple. Korean Buddhist Martial Art, Nearly 20,000 American Practitioners Zen Master Kim Chang-sik, founder of president of the World Shim Gum Do Association

There are about 20,000 Americans who have studied Shim Gum Do, with 9,500 of those attaining grades. Owing to the headquarter's location in Boston, known for its famous universities, the art counts among its disciples many professors, lawyers, and other notable individuals.

Besides propagating Shim Gum Do, Kim also gives lessons on Zen meditation near Harvard University, MIT, and Boston College. Sen. Kerry's ties with Shim Gum Do have much to do with Boston being within Kerry's electoral district -- the state of Massachusetts.

The core of Kerry's ties with the Korean art goes back to his second marriage in 1995. Kerry married the widow of friend and fellow senator, John Heinz of Pennsylvania, who was killed in a plane accident in 1991. Through this marriage, he gained three stepchildren, the eldest of whom is one of the top leaders of Shim Gum Do.

Because of this, Kerry's family has maintained a special relationship with the Korean martial art. Kerry gets along extremely well with his stepchildren, the youngest of whom is helping his father with his presidential campaign.

Heinz Empire Inheritor With the Shaved Head

John Heinz V, who will inherit the Heinz food and condiments empire, is head of the World Shim Gum Do Association's secretariat. He began practicing Shim Gum Do in his second year of university. "Shim Gum Do thinks of everything as the mind's sword, and is a martial art that wakes up the mind through act action. Through the mind's sword, pain and delusion disappear, and Shim Gum Do, which cultivates a pure mind, is Zen mediation that wakes one up through Active Zen, via the sword," said Heinz as to why he's devoted to the practice.

Shim Gum Do came to Zen Master Kim, who learned his Zen from Monk Sungsan of Hwagye-sa Temple, following a 100-day prayer session in 1965. Sungsan is quite famous for spreading Buddhism abroad, establishing nearly 150 temples worldwide. The art officially started with the formation of Korean Shim Gum Do in 1969, and in 1991 the World Shim Gum Do Association got underway. It now has branches in Japan, Italy, Poland, France, Norway, and other countries.

Shim Gum Do, considering its deep examination of the inner world, is along the same lines of Sonmudo, a Zen-based martial art well known within Korea. Said Kim Hyeong-ju, the head of Shim Gum Do within Korea, "With the mind's sword, I slash and slash all thoughts, and worldly thoughts disappear. I become immersed in a world of deep Zen."

(Kim Chang-ki, ckkim@chosun.com )


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; kerry; martialarts
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FYI......
1 posted on 02/23/2004 7:32:27 PM PST by Chong
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If you click on the link, it's currently the 4th story from the top.
2 posted on 02/23/2004 7:37:51 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
"I'd Like to Visit Korea's Buddhist Holy Sites."

So instead of coming to California with their "donations", Kerry will go right to the source?

3 posted on 02/23/2004 7:39:59 PM PST by SAMWolf (Except for rallies, Kerry stays away from Kennedy as if his wife depended on it)
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To: Chong
"They exchange letters once a month to exchange views on Zen and spiritual discipline, and meet whenever the need arises."

W.T.F.! ZEN and the art of Ketchup?

4 posted on 02/23/2004 7:40:24 PM PST by JOE6PAK ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Chong
Looking for campaign contributions, no doubt.
5 posted on 02/23/2004 7:41:18 PM PST by Viking2002 (I think; therefore, I Freep............)
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To: Chong
Kerry needs to read "Zen and the art of forming a coherent opinion", Grasshopper...
6 posted on 02/23/2004 7:42:57 PM PST by fire_eye
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To: Chong
hmm, looks like Algore withdrew his support from Dean and is now advising Kerry on the "Art of Campaign Finance"
7 posted on 02/23/2004 7:43:53 PM PST by thedugal (Have you seen my tagline?)
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To: Chong
Kerry: .....I'd like to be all things to all people and get elected so that I can have all the power and a place in history... My second rich wife and her purse will be at my side!!! He he he!! .... I never marry a woman with less than $100 million in the bank!! Cha-ching!!!! More Botox and trips to see my friends in France!! Life is good!!!!
8 posted on 02/23/2004 7:45:27 PM PST by CurlyBill (Voter fraud is one of the primary campaign strategies of the Democrats!!!!)
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To: Chong
If you click on the link, it's currently the 4th story from the top.

Thanks for the warning...

9 posted on 02/23/2004 7:46:23 PM PST by Krodg ("My faith frees me"...G.W. Bush........'A Charge To Keep')
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To: Chong
Kerry: 'I'd Like to Visit Korea's Buddhist Holy Sites.'

..."Because once I'm elected, the Muslims will overwhelm Southeast Asia and there won't be any more Buddhist holy sites!"

10 posted on 02/23/2004 7:47:23 PM PST by Alouette (Atlantis -- the Real Palestinian State)
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To: JOE6PAK
Naw..Zen and the art of hair maintenance
11 posted on 02/23/2004 7:48:57 PM PST by mylife
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To: SAMWolf
Money don't just talk; it screams and pulls kerrying kerry into its deep abyss....
12 posted on 02/23/2004 7:49:12 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: JOE6PAK
LOL! Yup!
13 posted on 02/23/2004 7:51:18 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
I guess Buddhist Holy sites aren't counted as "special interests"
14 posted on 02/23/2004 7:52:08 PM PST by SAMWolf (Except for rallies, Kerry stays away from Kennedy as if his wife depended on it)
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To: PhiKapMom

Whose turn to throw-up first?

15 posted on 02/23/2004 7:52:45 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: Viking2002
A campaign whore....
16 posted on 02/23/2004 7:53:03 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: thedugal
Zen and the Art of Money Laundering
17 posted on 02/23/2004 7:53:43 PM PST by SAMWolf (Except for rallies, Kerry stays away from Kennedy as if his wife depended on it)
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To: fire_eye
kerry is a camillion and whatever he says at the moment is, well, the right color, kimosabi.
18 posted on 02/23/2004 7:57:35 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
This is a huge story. We must not have a pagan president, but that is what a Buddhist president would be.

Kerry's waffling and ambiguity on issues like the war are the traits of a person who follows Buddhist philosophy.

Reporters should ask him whether he is closer to Buddhism or Christianity.
19 posted on 02/23/2004 7:59:44 PM PST by rogueleader
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To: Chong
I think that would be a good idea.
20 posted on 02/23/2004 8:00:37 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: thedugal
"hmm, looks like Algore withdrew his support from Dean and is now advising Kerry on the "Art of Campaign Finance"

Gore the bore; THAT was the start of Dean's downfall way before The Scream, heh. Now, if the history will repeat itself?

21 posted on 02/23/2004 8:01:04 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Through the mind's sword, pain and delusion disappear, and Shim Gum Do, which cultivates a pure mind, is Zen mediation that wakes one up through Active Zen, via the sword," said Heinz as to why he's devoted to the practice.

Huh?


22 posted on 02/23/2004 8:01:28 PM PST by Elsie (When the avalanche starts... it's too late for the pebbles to vote....)
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To: Chong
Hmmmmm... interesting. I haven't even heard whether Kerry feigns Christianity for political consumption.
23 posted on 02/23/2004 8:01:53 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Chong
How about the DMZ?
24 posted on 02/23/2004 8:02:23 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: CurlyBill
kerry is gonna "Cha-ching" all the way to hell.
25 posted on 02/23/2004 8:03:52 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Great, Lurch. Feel free to stay there.
26 posted on 02/23/2004 8:05:32 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Forever is as far as I'll go.")
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To: Alouette
"Because once I'm elected, the Muslims will overwhelm Southeast Asia and there won't be any more Buddhist holy sites!"

And once I am elected, I will appologize to every nation on earth for everything we've done and beg for their forgiveness, while spitting at The Wall with a grim grim look on my sad french face.

27 posted on 02/23/2004 8:08:01 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: mylife
kim chia~ ~ ~
kim kim chia~ ~ ~
28 posted on 02/23/2004 8:09:43 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Looks like Kerry got a peek at Al Gore's phone book.
29 posted on 02/23/2004 8:10:01 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: SAMWolf
NO. Only American companies, aka, the evil corporations, are considered Special interest. Ain't it Special?
30 posted on 02/23/2004 8:11:42 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: rogueleader
I will hold my breath for CNN to ask that question. What bothered me the most about this was that kerry calls buddhist sites 'holy' among other things.
31 posted on 02/23/2004 8:13:30 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
"Special Interests" are those American Corporations that don't contribute to Kerry's Campaign.
32 posted on 02/23/2004 8:13:34 PM PST by SAMWolf (Except for rallies, Kerry stays away from Kennedy as if his wife depended on it)
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To: SAMWolf
Oh my, looks like Kerry is going for the flaky looney left vote of women with long hair, too much eye make up, who write poems and talk about Karma. We may have lost the election already.
33 posted on 02/23/2004 8:16:35 PM PST by cajungirl (John Kerry has no botox and I have a bridge to sell you!)
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To: onyx
I already had that pleasure reading this about kerry...... next? ((bucket standing by))
34 posted on 02/23/2004 8:18:20 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Well, South Korea (at least) is slightly more Christian than Buddhist, and not all Buddhists follow Zen practices. What Kerry is heaven only knows, but deep he is not. I wish the Dems wouldn't try to sell these beltway conmen as intellectuals - it didn't work for Gore, it didn't work for Clinton, and it won't work for Kerry.
35 posted on 02/23/2004 8:23:53 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: rogueleader
"This is a huge story. We must not have a pagan president, but that is what a Buddhist president would be.

Kerry's waffling and ambiguity on issues like the war are the traits of a person who follows Buddhist philosophy.

Reporters should ask him whether he is closer to Buddhism or Christianity.

You nailed my point on the head! Thank you.

36 posted on 02/23/2004 8:24:02 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Elsie
Hey, I don't "get" it either (Thank God!).

37 posted on 02/23/2004 8:26:50 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Kerry is helping my bulimia. I mean that seriously.
38 posted on 02/23/2004 8:28:30 PM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: Chong
"Zen through the sword"

And so the Master came to me, and he asked, "What is the sound of one sword dueling?"


39 posted on 02/23/2004 8:32:08 PM PST by Nick Danger (carpe ductum)
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To: Chong
KERRY, HEINZ WED IN NANTUCKET CEREMONY
Published on May 27, 1995
Author(s): Ellen O'Brien, Globe Staff

NANTUCKET -- With their grown children serving as witnesses, Sen. John F. Kerry and Teresa Heinz were married last night in an outdoor civil ceremony at the Heinz island home. The air was damp, and an American flag outside the weathered-shingled estate was rippling in the harbor winds, but the ceremony and reception were marked by warm toasts from the 100 guests. The crowd comprised relatives and friends from both the bride and groom's political pasts....

Kerry is supposedly Catholic, but since he was divorced, and couldn't get his previous marriage annulled, he had to have a civil wedding. Is Kerry still at least nominally Catholic? Or is this Zen stuff the closest Kerry gets to "spirituality".

40 posted on 02/23/2004 8:34:42 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Finalapproach29er
Well DMZ is another can of worm, er, axis of evil.

As klinton has done, kerry will dance with them and kowtow in front of kimchia if he is elected, and laugh all the way to the bank.
41 posted on 02/23/2004 8:34:44 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Colonel_Flagg
LOL! Stay there and rot under a slimey rock!
42 posted on 02/23/2004 8:37:40 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Chong
Reporters should ask him whether he is closer to Buddhism or Christianity.

US archbishops differ on Communion for Senator Kerry

One archbishop in the United States has said publicly that he would refuse to distribute the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry, while another says it's up to the politician himself to decide whether to go to Communion.

Kerry is moving into the front of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He is a Catholic who has made it clear that he is in favour of abortion.

Archbishop Raymond Burke of St Louis (pictured) said: "I would have to admonish him not to present himself for Communion," said the archbishop. "I might give him a blessing or something."

The response from the Kerry Campaign team was unapologetic. Kim Molstre, a Kerry campaign spokeswoman, said Friday, "The archbishop has the right to deny Communion to whoever he wants, but Senator Kerry respectfully disagrees with him on the issue of choice."

Kerry's own Archbishop, Sean O'Malley of Boston, said: "These politicians should know that if they're not voting correctly on these life issues that they shouldn't dare come to Communion." Archbishop O'Malley, however, declined to go so far as to refuse Communion.

SOURCE
Archbishop Burke firm on refusing Communion to Sen. Kerry (Lifesite/Catholic World News 3/2/04)
Archbishop Burke says he would refuse Communion to Sen. Kerry (St Louis Post-Dispatch 30/1/04)
4 Feb 2004

43 posted on 02/23/2004 8:40:27 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: SAMWolf

"Why not tell fancy suitcase Senator to just ....Kick out....go home!

Him no pay ..same same anyway,

This is the crap you get in the Year of the Monkey"

44 posted on 02/23/2004 8:46:19 PM PST by Light Speed
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To: Mr. Mojo
Yep, kerry already went through the C's (Thank you Gore/klinton) and now down to K's in his phone/black book. He's had the V's as in Vietnam in his back pocket for thirty some years.
45 posted on 02/23/2004 8:48:01 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: SAMWolf
Yes and they should all liquidate their collective assets and contribute to the dem party, for they are for the ........ "people."

ACK, GAG, PUKE, UPCHUCK, REGURGITATE, etc.
46 posted on 02/23/2004 8:53:43 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: Billthedrill
Buddhists used to rule South Korea, but now, Christians way outnumber them, thanks to the missionaries from America. Personally, I've never heard of this zen thingy until now. No, it won't work for kerry nor any other camillions like him.
47 posted on 02/23/2004 9:01:51 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: onyx
I believe you. kerry and the likes have that effect on true conservatives.
48 posted on 02/23/2004 9:07:03 PM PST by Chong (God Bless and Protect our Troops. (GO NADER, GO!!!))
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To: SAMWolf; Chong; Light Speed; MeekOneGOP; PhiKapMom; autoresponder; Grampa Dave; onyx; ...
Is it Zen to lie your ass off, slandering your "Band of Brothers" as "war criminals, murderers, rapists"?

Is it Zen to betray fighters for freedom to Communist butchers who slew more in "reeducation" than died during the war?

Is it Zen to swim in big money, fornicate with bimbo interns, take special interest bribes and impugn the commander in chief?

John Fake Kerry, the Zen that can be named is not the real Zen.

Your devotion to Zen is all to the fore in press reports of you--yet nowhere do we divine the slightest Christian tinge--

Your genealogical misadventures pretended Irish ancestry where none exists--and eschews much mention of Jewish, which does.

John Fourflusher Kerry, are you a Jewish self-loather?

John Fifthcolumn Kerry, are you a Communist camp follower still as you were in 1971?

You are an idiot--Communists disdain spiritualism as an opiate--so much for your sword--

You are the dullest knife in the drawer, a tool of flaky left-wing heiress Teresa now, as you were of flaky left-wing actress Fonda then.

Behold: the man without a country--

We'll always have Paris. . .

49 posted on 02/23/2004 9:08:45 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: rogueleader
Buddhism accepts and respects Christianity. Buddhism is not an 'exclusive belief.' In Buddhism one can also be a Christian and have the belief and acceptance that Christ Jesus died for the sins of the world.
50 posted on 02/23/2004 9:09:38 PM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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