Tag: Kwan Um School of Zen

Seung Sahn

Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
birthname: Dok-In Lee
Zen, Buddhism, Kwan Um School of Zen
Main Countries of Activity: 
South Korea, USA
Date of Birth: 
Place of Birth: 
Seun Choen, North Korea
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
November 30, 2004
Ancestor Gurus: 
Descendant Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Ko Bong Soen Sa Nim, Keum Bong, Keum Oh, Dharma heir: Dae Gak, student: Myong Gong Sunim

Formal Practice

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“Practice” is what you do. It may be mental rather than physical, but it's always something more than believing or understanding.

Autobiography of a Boo Boo

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I have posted a short spiritual memior, entitled "Autobiography of a Boo Boo," to this site:


Autobiography Part 3b: "Zen Master"

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I was in contact with E, an old friend from my year at Yale. He was the one friend back then who’d joined me in learning to meditate and going to Siddha Yoga ashrams.

Autobiography Part 5: "Sitting"

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[Describing a 7-day retreat with Zen Master Seung Sahn (ZMSS), aka Dae Soen Sa Nim.]

Autobiography Part 7: "Like Space"

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In this post, I'm a bit past the half-way point of my first Zen retreat, a week-long sit in 1988.

Autobiography Part 4a: "Meeting Soen Sa Nim"

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In the the previous chapter, our hero found himself in a moving vehicle with famed Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn (whom I'll abbreviate as ZMSS, and was commonly addressed during his life as "Dae Soen S

Autobiography Part 8: "Buddhism"

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In the last entry, it was the 4th or 5th day of intense sitting, my first Zen retreat back in 1988, and I'd had a big breakthrough in meditation.

Autobiography Part 6a: "Smile"

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I've been describing my first Zen retreat.

Autobiography Part 6b: "Cigarette"

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After days of sitting, I was super-sensitized to what was going on in my mind. It was amazing how the answer had appeared right out of the Don't Know.