Founding teacher – Zenmaster Seung Sahn
Zen Master Seung Sahn (Dae Soen Sa Nim) was the founding teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen, and the seventy-eighth Patriarch in his line of Transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism.
He received transmission at the age of twenty-two years from the famous Korean Zen Master Ko Bong, so becoming the youngest Zen Master in Korea. After three years of silent meditation, he devoted himself to the renovation of the Chogye Order and founded an important lay organization, the United Buddhism Association.
After founding temples in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Zen Master Seung Sahn came to the United States, becoming the first Korean Zen Master to live and teach in the West. With the aid of a small number of students, he founded the Providence Zen Center, which eventually became the headquarters of more than one hundred centers throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Zen Master Seung Sahn is the author of ‘Compass of Zen’, ‘The Whole World is a Single Flower – 365 Kong-Ans For Everyday Life’, ‘Dropping Ashes on the Buddha’, ‘Only Don’t Know’, ‘Ten Gates’ and ‘Bone of Space’.
Dae Soen Sa Nim died on 30th November 2004.
Guiding teacher – Jiří Hazlbauer (JDPSN)
Jiri Hazlbauer was born in 1975 in Prague. His original occupation is carpentry. Became member of Kwan Um School in 1999. Since then he has helped with construction, maintenance and operation of many Zen Centers around the world.
For a time he hold the position of abbot in the american school’s main temple in Providence. Currently he serves as abbot in Vrazne Zen Center, Czech Republic, where he lives with his wife. In 2016 received Inka (authorization to teach zen by means of koans) from Zen Master Dae Kwang.
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