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Welcome to Mu Sang Sa’s new home on the Internet! Our International Zen Center has been growing over the last few years and we are sorely in need of a place where we can share news, upcoming retreat information, Dharma talks, life stories, etc. between all the people of the world. So far our Web site has been available only in English, but with this new web site we will have a Korean language part available and eventually we hope to have a Chinese language site too.

Many of our teachers are interested in contributing to this web site and I hope that we can offer a valuable experience for new visitors on the Internet. Also, I would like to welcome those who have practiced with us in the past, and would be willing to help again through writing, through showing their photographs or artistic contributions on this site to all the Mu Sang Sa family. We look forward to hearing from you also with suggestions for the growth of our Kye Ryong San International Zen Center.

Over one hundred and seventy people were here at Mu Sang Sa Temple last November practicing together in anticipation of the third Memorial Ceremony of Zen Master Seung Sahn. His undying try mind is still with us and his Dharma is still alive within us. We look forward to your use of this Web-home and to your Great Love and Great Compassion for all people.

 
May all beings be happy, and free from suffering,

Dae Jin Hapjang
Abbot, Mu Sang Sa Temple

 



Established in March 2000, Mu Sang Sa is an international Zen temple where anyone from around the world who is interested in meditation can easily learn about and practice Zen in Korea, a country that has maintained a deep-rooted legacy of Zen practice and a strong Buddhist tradition since the 4th century.

At Mu Sang Sa, we support a community of foreign monks, nuns, and laypeople who want to practice Zen following the teachings of Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. Many students come to practice or train here and later return to help the Zen Centers in their own countries.

Like all Korean Zen temples, Mu Sang Sa hosts two three-month intensive meditation retreats (Kyol Che) a year, in summer and winter. Koyl Che is a time when one can completely devote oneself to meditation practice away from worldly distractions. At other times of the year, we organize short weekend retreats and hold weekly ZEN MEDITATION CLASSES on every Sunday.

Our temple is located on Kye Ryong Sahn, a mountain famed for its strong mystical energy in Korea. Other great temples are also located on this mountain, such as Dong Hak Sa, Kap Sa and Shin Won Sa. Many great Korean Zen Masters, such as Kyong Ho Sunim and Man Gong Sunim have also practiced on Kye Ryong Sahn. Zen Master Seung Sahn carefully viewed many sites over a period of five years before finally choosing the present location at the end of 1998.

Mu Sang Sa sits directly beneath Kuk Sa Bong (National Teacher's Peak), where long ago an eminent master predicted that 800 Great Dharma Teachers would appear to help this world.
The temple consists of three buildings, the Main Buddha Hall, a Zen Hall and the Residence building. The Zen building has two floors, the first containing eight residential rooms, and the second a large Zen room in which everyone practices together. The Dormitory building has three stories, the first housing a kitchen and dining room, and the other floors, residents' rooms.

The Main BUDDHA HALL, or Dae Ung Jon in Korean, sits on a small rise above the Zen building. It is has an inspiring view of the valley of rice fields below and the mountains in the far distance. The Buddha Hall is clearly visible from the valley and bids an impressive welcome to visitors as they approach Mu Sang Sa. Click HERE for some photos of our temple and the surrounding area.

There is the American Zen Master Dae-Bong Sunim, who has stayed at Mu Sang Sa since the very beginning of the construction, practicing and teaching in a run-down prefab house in order to uphold his teacher's wishes, and who was the pioneer in the history of Mu Sang Sa. Also the American abbot Dae Jin Sunim, who made the most of his more than twenty year's experience living in Korea, constructing the Main Buddha Hall and meticulously carrying on various projects around the temple. These two monks, who received Dharma transmission from their teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, are absorbed in teaching the students who visit Mu Sang Sa.