Hwa Rang Do Mom – Cho Dan Dissertation by Instructor Alina Cole

Instructor Alina Cole

The hwarang traditions stem from an ancient culture, very different from the modern world.  It is our challenge as the new hwarang to find ways to bring the spirit of the hwarang into our modern age.  In some ways this challenge seems very difficult, but I have found so many of my attempts at the application to be surprisingly simple.  One of the problems of the modern world is our tendency to complicate life – externally with material things (TVs, computers, “smart” phones, etc) and with interpersonal relationships (1,125 friends on Facebook but not a one ever met in person), and internally by ignoring ourselves and filling our lives with noise and distraction.  So, yes, there is much to do, and therefore the task of bringing the hwarang way into our lives seems difficult – but in reality, the answer is so simple.

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