Invitation to the


Date & Time: Saturday, 17 June 2017, 15:00-17:00

Venue: Buddhist English Library of Seoul (directions below)

Dharma Teacher: Ven. Myong Hwa Sunim 명화 스님

(Musangsa Temple, Kyeryongsan) (계룡산 무상사)

Topic: “The Way of the Dharma in the West”

Language: English

The International Dharma Instructors’ Association (IDIA) is a non-profit organization under the support and supervision of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism (대한불교조계종). Our mission is to help people find inner peace and true happiness by sharing Buddha’s teachings.

MONTHLY DHARMA TALKS are given by eminent Seon (Zen) masters and venerable Buddhist monks or nuns.

Anyone interested in Buddhism is welcome to join!


Located between Exit ⑤ and Exit ⑥

of Anguk Station (Seoul Metro Line No. 3):

Go out of Exit ⑥ and walk in the reverse direction.

It is the four-story building next to the SK Bldg.

Address: 3F, 52, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 종로구 율곡로 52, 3층

Tel: 02) 722-0204


In the past, Buddhist teachings were carried to the West mainly by monastic teachers together with some religious and cultural context of the particular tradition and the country the teacher was coming from. Once transplanted and accepted, the Dharma took its own way adapting to the needs and mentalities of western practitioners. What are the aspects of Buddhist teachings that attract and have relevance to western people and how does the Dharma connect to the existing Christian tradition? What are the new formulas for Zen spiritual path to awakening and giving back to society?


Myong Hwa Sunim is from Poland. Her Buddhist meditation practise started in 1992 in her hometown Zen center that was founded by Seung Sahn Sunim as a part of the International Kwan Um School of Zen. In 1993, she moved to Polish Head Temple in Warsaw (currently Wu Bong Sa) and practised there and worked as a director.

In 1996, she came to sit winter kyol-che in Shin Won Sa. After finishing this retreat, she decided to seek a monastic life and did her haengja and novice training in Hwa Gye Sa in Seoul. Since then, she had been practising mainly in Korea; first in HGS International Zen Center and when Mu Sang Sa was built, she continued her Zen training there.

To deepen her understanding of Zen practice and community life, over the years she also practiced in Hongkong Zen Center under guidance of Dae Kwan Zen Master and under Japanese Roshi in Zen temple in Japan. Currently, she stays in Musangsa Seung Sahn International Zen Center in Kyeryongsan.

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