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Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 - 2004)

Zen Master Seung Sahn is the 78th patriarch in his lineage of Korean Zen masters from the Chogye Order of Korean Buddhism. He is the founding teacher of the International Kwan Um School of Zen, which has more than 120 centers, temples and groups worldwide. Zen Master Seung Sahn is the first Korean Zen Master to teach in the West, having come to the US in 1972, first establishing the Providence Zen Center, then the Cambridge Zen Center. He taught for more than thirty years, ceaselessly traveling worldwide, spreading the Dharma. The KUSZ centers can be visited in Paris, Warsaw, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Las Vegas, Berkeley, Singapore, Barcelona and many other places. Books of Zen Master Seung Sahn's teachings include Dropping Ashes on the Buddha (Shambhala), The Compass of Zen (Shambhala), The Whole World Is a Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life (Tuttle) and Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake (Shambhala).

You can read Zen Master Seung Sahn's biography online. You can also watch a video of one of his dharma talks.

The lineage of masters in our tradition goes back to Shakyamuni Buddha. Korean masters before Zen Master Seung Sahn include Kyong Ho Sunim, Man Gong Sunim, and Ko Bong Sunim, from whom Zen Master Seung Sahn received transmission.

Zen Master Bon Yeon

Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz) is the guiding teacher of the Cambridge Zen Center. Having practiced both in the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions previously, she became a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1982. She practiced extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and received transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000. She has led several 90 day Kyol Che retreats in the U.S., Poland and South Africa, and is the editor of The Whole World Is a Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life (Tuttle), a collection of Zen Master Seung Sahn's kong-an teachings. Her first book, One Hundred Days of Solitude, was published in 2004 and chronicles a hundred-day solo retreat in the winter woods of New England. For more information on her book, please visit Wisdom Publications. The book can be purchased on Amazon or at the CZC store, which is open on Thursday evenings.

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