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.


Zen Master Bon Shim 

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Zen Master Bon Shim (Aleksandra Porter) is Regional Zen Master for the Kwan Um School of Zen in Europe. She also serves as the guiding teacher of Zen centers in Katowice, Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Barcelona, Spain. Zen Master Bon Shim continues to live at the Warsaw Zen Center, where she began training and served as Abbot for many years. She met Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978, receiving Inka in 1992 and permission to teach in 2006. She has two adult sons and two grandchildren. Zen Master Bon Shim is our Visiting Teacher residing with us a couple months during the year.