Here you will find a translation of the sutras that are chanted during the Temple Stay program and some material on Buddhism.
108 Bows Temple
Why 108 bows? The 108 prostrations represent our basic mental sufferings. These sufferings arise through the meeting of the six sense organs. The eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind and the six sense objects; namely corresponding color, sound, smell, taste, touch and concept.
It is the combination of these organs and sense objects that result in reactions of like, dislike or neutral feelings which in turn lead to joy, sorrow or indifference. Take these 6 combinations of sense organs and sense objects and multiply by the three reactions (like, dislike, or neutral, which becomes joy, sorrow or indifference) to equal 36; then multiply this by three representing the past, present and future, giving us 108.
Doing 108 bows helps to sublimate and purify ourselves by completely concentrating body and mind in an act of unison. Thus we can reduce the scattering of energy that sensations and reactions can cause us. Our basic nature is pure, infinite and capable of anything, but we keep losing our basic nature through our reactions to these sensory processes. We become incapacitated rather than infinitly capable, and we continue on the cycle of birth and death. But we can break the cycle of 108 sufferings by contantly repeating 108 prostrations, because it is then that the body and mind are pure and integrated as one. Such determination to return to our basic nature will eventually lead us to attain enlightment.
For additional materials you can visit the web site of Jogye Order to find teachings of various masters, Dharma talk transcripts, meditation guides, as well as books recommendations.