Our Sunims

Hyon Gong Sunim

Hyon Gong Sunim is Korean and was ordained in in 1992. He was first at Hwa Gye Sa, where he was a financial director. He also served as the abbot of Dae Ji Sa in Toronto, Canada for two years, and for three years he was abbot of Hyon Jong Sa in Korea. Now he is the Hwae Ju Sunim of Seung Sahn International Zen Center Musangsa.

Mu Sang Sunim

Mu Sang Sunim was born in the United States and first met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1975. He was ordained in 1980. He served as Dae Soen Sa Nim’s secretary in the West, traveling with him in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also served as abbot, and later as Seon Deok Sunim (Senior Monk), at Dharma Zen Center, Los Angeles, California. Mu Sang Sunim first visited Korea with Dae Soen Sa Nim in 1978 and has spent various periods of time living and practicing in Korea since then. He is currently serving at Musangsa as Seon Deok Sunim.

Il Am Sunim

Il Am Sunim was born in Poland and studied at the Academy of Arts in Krakow. He met Zen Master Seung Sahn in the 1980’s and began practicing in Zen centers in Poland and Czech Republic. In 2008 he came to Korea to begin his haengja training. He received monastic ordination and is currently a resident at Musangsa.

Keum Gang Sunim

Keum Gang Sunim is from the Siberian city of Tomsk, Russia. He started practicing with the Kwan Um School of Zen at the St. Petersburg Zen Centre in 2004, holding the position of abbot of the centre from 2007-2009. In 2009 he came to Korea to begin haegja training at Hyang Chon Sa monastery, receiving Sami precepts in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in 2010. In 2016 he graduated from the Monastic Scriptural Training Hall of Sudeoksa (Sudeoksa Kangwon) and received the bhikku precepts in the Jogye Order. He is now currently residing at Musangsa.

In Gong Sunim

In Gong Sunim is from America. He recently graduated from the Kibon Seon won and is now currently at Musangsa serving as House Master.

Won Boep Sunim

Won Beop Sunim is from Poland, and has practiced with the Kwan Um School of Zen. In 2013 he came to Korea to begin monastic life. Currently he is participating in the sami/samini training program at Musangsa.

Ji Mun Sunim

Ji Mun Sunim was born in the rural city of Sarnask, Russia, before moving to St. Petersburg in 2010. In 2011 he began practicing in the Japanese Soto School of Zen, before coming to Korea in 2013 to sit winter kyol che at Beop Hwa Do Ryang. In the spring of 2014, he began haengja training at Musangsa, receiving sami ordination in November 2015 from Zen Master Dae Bong Sunim. He is now a resident at Musangsa.

So Ya Sunim

So Ya Sunim was born in Russia and began practicing in 2000. In 2005 she met Soto Zen Master Sando Kaisen and took nuns precepts in 2006. In 2015 she came to Musangsa and began haengja training and in the spring of 2016 she joined the sami/samini training program at Musangsa.
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