Monastic Training

Musangsa is a Zen Buddhist monastic training temple that provides Haengja (postulant) and novice monk training and education for international candidates.

Haengja (Postulant) Program

Zen Master Seung Sahn said:
“Haengja, also novice monk or nun, means no opinion, no idea.
Only follow haengja or novice situation. Only say ‘yes’."

‘Haeng’ 行 means action and ‘ja’ 者 means person. The meaning of haengja is a person who is taking work as their main practice, learning to serve all people who come to the temple while keeping harmony with everybody and dedicating their lives to help all beings.

Haengjas and novice monastics work for the temple or have a Zen center job to learn how a practice community is run.

At Musangsa, one must train as a haengja for one year or more and as a novice for four years or more. Haengja training is finished only when the Guiding Teacher and Director Sunims accept the haengja as ready for novice ordination.

Haengja application download

Novice Training Program

Zen Master Seung Sahn often taught that the priority for a novice’s (sami or samini) training is in learning to practice the Dharma to keep harmony within the Sangha.

• If a candidate who has sami or samini precepts wishes to receive ordination as a bhikkhu or bhikkhuni at Musangsa, he or she must complete the Novice Training Program provided at Musangsa.

• The Novice Training Program at Musangsa consists of basic training from the Jogye order of Korean Buddhism fitting with specific characteristics of Musangsa’s unique situation.

• Minimum novice training period is for 4 years and the following is required:

Kyol Che Participation
Candidates must participate in 8 full 3-month kyol ches during the 4 years of novice training. Of those, 6 kyol ches must be at Musangsa, and 2 kyol ches can be at Providence Zen Center, Warsaw Zen Center, or any other designated international Zen center in the Kwan Um School of Zen with the permission of the guiding teacher. Participation can be as a regular kyol che participant, as a working kyol che staff member or as a kido sunim.

2. Hae Jae Gyo Gwa Ango (Novice Training & Education) Participation
During the spring and autumn (Sancheon) hae jae periods, novice candidates are required to complete 8 Gyo Gwa Ango (Novice Training & Education Programs). These programs are held at Musangsa and begin 2 or 3 weeks after hae jae and last between 6 weeks to 2 months.

The Gyo Gwa Ango follows the kyol che schedule format, consisting of morning and afternoon study sessions. They include Zen classics and sutra study, Korean language study, chanting, kido training, Soenyu & yoga, hiking, work practice, etc.)

100-day solo retreats are forbidden for those who are not bhikkhu or bhikkhuni, with the exception for those who have special permission from the guiding teacher.

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