Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 - 2004)

Zen Master Seung Sahn established the worldwide Kwan Um School of Zen, of which Cambridge Zen Center is an affiliate. He was the 78th patriarch in his line of dharma transmission in the Korean order of Chogye Buddhism and was a regular visitor and teacher at Cambridge Zen Center in the 1970s and 1980s. After a long illness, he died at his home at Hwagyesa Temple in Seoul on November 30, 2004. Many videos of his talks are available on YouTube. His books include Dropping Ashes on the BuddhaThe Compass of Zen, and The Whole World Is a Single Flower.


Zen Master Bon Yeon

Zen Master Bon Yeon (Jane McLaughlin-Dobisz) has been the co-guiding teacher of Cambridge Zen Center since 1993. She received inka (authorization to teach) in 1991, and transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000. Before training in the Kwan Um School of Zen, she spent several years in the Tibetan and the Vipassana traditions. Zen Master Bon Yeon has completed many Kyol Che 90 day retreats in the US, Europe, and Korea, and taught around the world. She is an editor of The Whole World Is A Single Flower, a collection of kong-ans by Zen Master Seung Sahn. She is also the author of One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat, which chronicles a one hundred-day solo meditation retreat in the winter woods of New England. She is a native of the Boston area.


Barry Briggs, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim

As the resident and co-guiding teacher at Cambridge Zen Center, Barry Briggs, JDPSN, practices and teaches daily at the center. He began training in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1990, having first practiced meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He took Bodhisattva Teacher precepts in 2001. In 2005 he retired from a career as a senior manager in the software and Internet industries. He received inka, the authorization to teach, in 2013. In addition to his work at Cambridge Zen Center, he serves as guiding teacher for Cape Cod Zen Center and Plymouth Zen Group. He also travels widely to lead retreats around the world.