Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hyon Gak Sunim

Hyon Gak Sunim is something of a rockstar in Korea, ever since his book From Harvard to Hwa Gye Sa (only available in Korean) . Despite that status, he does give good talks. Here, he's interviewed by Dennis Wholey for the program I Believe.



A little out of date, here's his bio from KUSZ:
Hyon Gak Sunim JDPS is guiding teacher of the Seoul International Zen Center, Hwa Gye Sah Temple. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, Hyon Gak Sunim JDPS received novice monk precepts in 1992 at Nam Hwa Sah Temple, China, and received Bikkhu precepts in 1996 on the Diamond Precepts Altar at Tong Do Sah Temple, South Korea. He has been doing meditation training in remote mountain places, including three intensive 100-day solo retreats. He has compiled and edited several of Zen Master Seung Sahn's books, including The Compass of Zen (1997) and Only Don't Know (1999). He is author of the bestseller, Man Haeng: From Harvard to Hwa Gye Sah Temple (1999), as well as several bestselling translations into Korean of Zen Master Seung Sahn's English-language books.
Hat tip to The Marmot's Hole for the video.

3 comments:

RayJay said...

THANK YOU for sharing this! I heard an 8-part Dharma talk by Hyon from Zencast.org, and I was fascinated and wanted to know more about him. I tried Wikipedia, but they don't have even a short entry about him. So I Googled him, and then lead me here. Between your bio and the interview, I my curiosity has been slaked. Again, thank you very much! :D

ignoblus said...

Thanks for the comment, and telling me about zencast. That's a new resource for me!

But your curiosity has been slaked? Oops, I'm sorry.

I hope I can encourage you to find again your Great Doubt, and to ask yourself, "What am I?" ;)

David Evans said...

I too was lead here after listing to Hyon on Zencast. Great stuff, thanks for posting.