The first time I met Zen Master Wu Bong was almost 20 years ago, in Berlin. I was attending a presentation at the Freie Universität by the Kwan Um School – with, among others, Roland (Zen Master Ji Kwang), Namhee (Muchak JDPSN) and Arne (Schaefer JDPSN). At that time I was interested in Buddhism already, in Zen in particular: I had read many books trying to get as much information as possible on this fascinating philosophy. So as soon as I had seen the flyer announcing this Zen Master’s visit to the college, I had decided to go, also because, despite all my theoretical studies, I personally had never met a Zen Master before. The only thing which bothered me a bit was the fact that Zen Master Wu Bong was representing a Korean School, not a Japanese one, which used to be and still is much more famous here in Europe. Like many others, I even didn’t know that Korean Zen actually existed.
That evening Zen Master Wu Bong (who was from Poland, as I eventually understood!) gave me the impression of a warm and hearty person. He didn’t appear as a charismatic or a distant guru, what he said was simple and reasonable. A women from the audience asked him if he had any super power. He answered yes, and said: I can fly, in my dreams, while I am sleeping. Weiterlesen
Ji Kwang SSN (Zen Master Roland Wöhrle-Chon) was born in 1960 in Germany. He studied Philosophy and Psychology in Bonn, Berlin and Madurai, India, where he had his first contact with yoga and meditation. Together with his wife, Muchak JDPSN, he established the Zen Center in Berlin and the Kwan Um School of Zen of Germany in 1990. He received inka in February 2000 and Dharma Transmission in April 2012 from Zen Master Wu Bong. Ji Kwang SSN has a Ph.D. in Psychology. After living in Korea for seven years, he now works as a social scientist in Berlin and is the guiding teacher of Kwan Um Zen groups in Germany, Israel, Belgium and Great Britain. He is married and has two children.
Sharp and clear: Wu Bong SSN as my teacher, father and friend
Arne Schaefer JDPSN began practicing in the Tibetan Kagyu Tradition — Diamond Way — in 1990. His first Zen retreat, a Yong Maeng Jong Jin, was with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992 and he has been practicing with the Kwan Um School of Zen since then. Since 1992 he attended many Zen retreats in Europe, USA and in Korea. In 1996/1997 he built the Berlin Zen Center and was active as chairman in the board of directors of Kwan Um School of Zen Germany for over 15 years. He received Inka in April 2010 from Zen Master Wu Bong and is the Guiding Teacher of the Dresden Zen Center and the Zen groups in Hamburg and Bad Bramstedt.
Muchak JDPSN (Dharma Master Namhee Chon) was born in 1960 in South Korea. She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Sinology from the Free University of Berlin. Before she met the teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1989 in Warsaw, she learned Yoga and meditation in India. Together with her husband she established the Zen Center in Berlin in 1990 and later the Kwan Um School of Zen of Germany. She received Inka in May 2008 from Zen Master Wu Bong and is the Abbess of the Kwan Um School of Zen, Germany. Muchak JDPSN now works as a lecturer at the Free University of Berlin, and lives with her family near Berlin.
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