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As one of the largest Zen training center in the U.S., CZC provides training for Dharma Teachers in the tradition of Kwan Um School of Zen. Training is available residentially and non-residentially, following a training model adapted from traditional Zen monasteries. Dharma Teacher training at CZC are offered through the following guidelines:

KUSZ Dharma Teacher Training Guidelines


  1. Introduction
  2. On the Relationship to our Tradition
  3. On Practice
  4. Teaching responsibilities at the Zen Center(as assigned by guiding teacher)
  5. General considerations and responsibilities
  6. Dharma Teacher in Training Requirements
  7. Continuing Education for Dharma Teachers, Senior Dharma Teachers, and Bodhisattva Teachers
  8. Contact Us

Introduction (from Dharma Teacher Training Guidelines Booklet)

We dedicate this booklet to Zen Master Seung Sahn. It is a tribute to his teaching, a tribute to his relentless efforts to help us to see the way and consequently to help others. I can see him now, staightening the cushions, correcting our chanting, encouraging us to go on as many retreats as possible. How many times did I hear him shout, "Time will not wait for you! Nobody guarantees your life!"

He also always said this practice is "not only for me." Learning the forms, attending retreats, staying in close contact with your guiding teacher are the foundations of our practice. Let us never assume we already understand this. I trust we will all continue to bow very deeply to Zen Master Seung Sahn's memory and to his instructions.

It is not a coincidence that the sutras and other suggested readings are in the last section. This rich tradition insists on live speach, direct understanding: "A special transmission outside the sutras". A slow cultivation and understanding of the teachings of past teachers can be skillfully used to touch the hearts and minds of our wide sangha.

This manual is offered to you. Use it well. Know when to open it, know when to close it. Try, try, try, for ten tousand years, non-stop.

Zen Master Soeng Hyang
School Zen Master

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On the Relationship to our Tradition

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On Practice

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Teaching responsibilities at the Zen Center(as assigned by guiding teacher)

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General considerations and responsibilities

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Dharma Teacher in Training Requirements

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Continuing Education for Dharma Teachers, Senior Dharma Teachers, and Bodhisattva Teachers

The following areas are suggestions for ongoing training/education to help dharma teachers, senior dharma teachers, and bodhisattva teachers deepen their appreciation of our tradition and be able to connect with and support students from diverse Buddhist backgrounds. Each individual can work with his/herguiding teacher to establish an approach to this life-long pursuit.

A suggested reading list is available.

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Contact Us

For training guidelines. please contact Guiding Teacher, Zen Master Bon Yeon.

For scheduling in leading practice and moktak, introduction to Zen class instructions & leading retreats, please contact the Head Dharma Teacher, Jim Kopcienski, SDT.

For chanting, moktak & bell training contact the Chanting Master, Tracy Dolge, SDT.

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Kwan Um
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