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All Teachings by Zen Master Su Bong
__ Zen Master Su Bong was born on January 7, 1943 in North Kona, Hawaii. His mother was of Korean descent, and his father was of Chinese Hakka origin.
In 1974, he met Zen Master Seung Sahn, and soon became one of his most dedicated students in America. Between 1975 and 1981 he helped establish the Dharma Zen Centre in Los Angeles, and helped build many Buddhist temples and pagodas in North America. In 1981, he received 'inka', the authority to lead retreats and teach kong-an practice, and also served as Abbot of Dharma Zen Centre. In 1983, he was ordained as a monk and given the name Mu Deung.
Between 1983 and 1994, he led thirteen 90-days Kyol Che retreats in the United States, as well as the Su Dok Sah, Shin Won Sah and Hwa Gye Sah temples in Korea. He also made many teaching trips to Western and Eastern Europe especially Poland and Russia. In October 1992, at a formal ceremony in Providence Zen Centre, he received transmission of the Dharma from Zen Master Seung Sahn, and the Enlightenment name of Su Bong Soen Sa, meaning "Extraordinary Peak".
Between 1990 and 1994 he taught extensively in South Africa and Hong Kong. Together with Zen Master Seung Sahn, Zen Master Su Bong brought Zen teaching to China, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. He was the guiding teacher for the Hong Kong Sangha, the South African Sangha, the Seoul International Sangha, and the Queensland, Australia, Sangha.
On July 17, 1994, when Zen Master Su Bong was giving an interview to a young girl aged fourteen in Hong Kong Zen Centre, he asked the young girl: "What is the universal sound?" The young girl hit the floor. Zen Master said: "Correct", and then passed into Nirvana, sitting up in his full Dharma robe and kasa. His bodily age was fifty-one, and his monk's age was eleven.
Transmission Speech by Zen Master Su Bong on Dec 1, 1993
In the clear clear, stillness stillness
True face stands revealed.
All dharmas originally empty.
Pine tree is green, rock peak is white.
- Zen Master Seung Sahn
(Hits the platform with his Zen stick)
Originally Buddha and eminent teachers never gave transmission.
One sound takes away attainment and no attainment.
Sky and ground complete stillness.
Zen Master Seung Sahn already transmission: all transmissions to birds and trees.
Nothing left for you and me.
Then what is this?
Me facing you, you facing me.
You ask the sky, you ask the tree.
Rocks head talking to rocks head.
Wake up wake up! Why?
Nice to see your face, how are you?
All Teachings by Zen Master Su Bong
The London Zen Centre Ja An Sa
Practice at London Zen Centre
The London Zen Centre is the home of the Kwan Um School of Zen in London and the head temple of the school in Great Britain. Members and visitors are welcome to attend any of the meditation practice sessions at the centre. Please contact the guiding teacher, Ja An JDPSN, in advance if you are attending practice or a retreat for the first time. Kong-an (Jap. koan) interviews take place most Sundays at the midday practice.
Our guiding teacher is Dharma Master Ja An Bogumila Malinowska, who lives at the London Zen Centre. She received inka, the seal of teaching authority in Zen, from Zen Master Wu Bong at the Warsaw Zen Centre on 19th September 2009.
Please always contact the guiding teacher before your visit to the London Zen Centre on 0207 502 6786 (evenings, till 21:00) or 07742 979 050 (daytime, mobile phone). International: +44 207 502 6786.
Email: Please contact her through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com