Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed – that is human. When you are born, where do you come from? When you die, where do you go?

Getting Started: We invite you to begin the practice of Zen

“Together action is very important for Zen students. Bowing together, chanting together, sitting together, eating together, this means that your own situation, your condition, and your opinions can disappear much more easily.”

Zen Master Seung Sahn

Long retreats: Kyol che

A Kyol Che (tight dharma) is a longer, intensive meditation retreat held in the winter and summer. Participation in Kyol Che is an excellent opportunity to clarify our direction, resulting in a more harmonious relationship with all aspects of life.

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Statement of Ethics

This document outlines recommended behaviors and describes a process for resolving ethical concerns.
We encourage everyone who practices within the Kwan Um School of Zen, students and teachers, alike, to follow these guidelines.

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