Seung Sahn Haeng Won Sunim (Dae Soen Sa Nim) was the first Korean Zen Master to begin teaching in the West. He was born in 1927 in what is now North Korea.
He first went to the United States in 1972, working for a while in a laundromat in Providence, Rhode Island. It wasn’t long before he met some Brown University students, who would come by his small apartment to ask him questions about life and Zen practice. From these beginnings the Providence Zen Center was formed, and is now the head temple for more than 100 Zen Centers around the world.
The Kwan Um School of Zen was founded under the direction of Zen Master Seung Sahn. Kwan Um means “perceive world sound,” to compassionately hear the cries of the universe. The School began with the establishment of its international head temple, the Providence Zen Center (99 Pound Rd, Cumberland, RI).
5:00 Wake up
5:15 108 Bows
5:45 Morning Bell Chant followed by Regular Chanting
6:30 – 7:00 Sitting meditation
“We live together and act together. Then we become empty mind. We return to white paper. Then our true opinion, our true condition, our true situation will appear. When we bow together and chant together and eat together, our minds become one mind.”
The Kwan Um School of Zen was organized in 1983 to provide cohesion and administrative support to Zen centers around the world. Kwan Um means “perceive world sound,” to compassionately hear the cries of the universe.
Established in March 2000, Mu Sang Sa is a 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, they support a community of foreign monks, nuns, and laypeople who want to practice Zen following the teachings of Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn.
Kwan Seum Bosal (Sanskrit: Avalokitesvara; Chinese: Kwan Yin; Korean: Kwan Um; Japanese: Kanzeon): “one who perceives the cries of the world” and responds with compassionate aid; the bodhisattva of compassion.