Zen Master Seung Sahn
Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 - 2004) is the spiritual teacher of KYCL. He was born in 1927 in Seun Choen, North Korea and became a Buddhist monk in 1948. He received Dharma Transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong at the age of 22 and became the 78th Patriach in his line of succession in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism, which traces all the way back to Zen Master Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Chinese Zen Buddhism. To spread the Dharma, Zen Master Seung Sahn went to the United States and founded the Providence Zen Centre, the first center of the Kwan Um School of Zen, which now has more than 100 Zen centres all over the world.
Zen Master Dae Kwang
Zen Master Dae Kwang has been a monk since 1987 and received transmission in 1996. He is the guiding teacher of Zen centers in Wisconsin and Mexico. Zen Master Dae Kwang has traveled widely, leading retreats throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including 90-day retreats in Korea. His interests include meditation practices common to Christians and Buddhists.
Ven. Chi Boon
Ven. Chi Boon, also known in Korean as Gye Mun Sumin, is the founding teacher and abbot of Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre (KYCL). He was given ‘inka’ on 8 November 1998 by Zen Master Seung Sahn.
‘Inka’ means an acknowledgment of accomplishment in Zen practice. It is given by Zen Master Seung Sahn to senior students called Ji Do Poep Sa (Guides to the Way or Dharma Masters), who are authorized to teach Zen.