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.

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.

Geum Gang Sunim

Geum 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.

Seon Ji Sunim

Seon Ji Sunim was born in Hong Kong. She first met Zen Master Seung Sahn and Zen Master Dae Kwan in 2001 in Hong Kong and then began to practice at Su Bong Zen Monastery in Hong Kong. In 2004 she became a haengja there, and then moved to Musangsa in 2006. In 2008 she received samini precepts under the Jogye Order in Korea. In 2013 she graduated from the Unmunsa Sangha College and received bhikkuni precepts in the Jogye Order.

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.

Bop Yo Sunim

Bop Yo sunim was borned in Japan and started to practice with the Kwan Um School of Zen in Mexico City in 2007. In 2013 she became a haengja at Musanga and took samini precepts in 2015. The same year she started her samini training at Unmunsa Sangha College in Korea and graduated in January 2019. She is now working and practicing at Musangsa.

Soya Sunim

Soya sunim was born in Russia and began practicing with local Zen and kung-fu teachers in 2000. in 2005 she met Zen Master Sandon Kaisen, student of the Soto Zen Master Taisen Deshimaru. In 2006 she took nuns precepts and became head disciple of the Russian sangha of Master Kaisen. In 2009 she met Zen Master Wu Bong, and in 2012 sat winter kyol che with him at Beop Hwa Do Ryang. In 2015, after dividing time between Korea and the Soto Tradition, she came to Musangsa and began haengja training for 6 months, with a further 6 months training at Beop Hwa Do Ryang. In the spring of 2016 she joined the sami/samini training program at Musangsa.
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