Rooted in the Korean Buddhist Tradition


The Kwan Um School of Zen in Europe, with its 50 centers and groups throughout Europe and the Middle East, and hundreds of members, welcomes all who wish to practice with us and attain their true nature through Zen meditation following the teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn.

On our website you will find everything you need to know about how to contact your nearest local Zen Center or group, our teachers, practice and tradition, future Zen retreats, and other resources for members.  Below are the latest announcements of activities and news.

10th July

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.

Click Here to Read Statement of Ethics of the Kwan Um School of Zen.

29th April

Summer Retreat Program 2016

Dear Sangha,

The Summer Retreat Program is starting soon and we would like to invite you all to participate. The 14-week Summer Retreat Program 2016 of the European Kwan Um School of Zen is taking place across Europe at eight locations, led by teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen.  There will be no other long retreats at the same time in Europe.

Click here to read more details.

20th April

Winter Kyol Che and Sangha Weekend 2016: Pictures and Videos

Dear friends,

We invite you to view videos and picture galleries from the Winter Kyol Che and Sangha Weekend 2016, which occurred in Warsaw, Poland.

Click here to watch Dharma talks from the Kyol Che and videos from the Transmission and Inka ceremonies.

Click here to watch a video with scenes from the Winter Kyol Che 2016.

Sangha Weekend gallery by Yael Barlevy.

Sangha Weekend gallery by Grzegorz Piaskowski.

1st October

Winter Kyol Che 2016, Warsaw

Dear members and friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the Winter Kyol Che 2016 at Wu Bong Sah temple, Warsaw Zen Center, led by teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen. It will run from the 2nd of January until the 18th of March 2016. There will be a Dharma talk once a week and Kongan interviews twice a week. You can enter the Kyol Che each week on Saturdays between 17:30 and 18:00 and exit on Saturdays at 17:30.

> Click here for more details.

30th March

Summer Retreat Program 2015

In 2015 the European Kwan Um School of Zen is holding a 12-week Summer Retreat Program (SRP).  This will take place at six wonderful locations across Europe, led by teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen.  There will be no other long retreats at the same time in Europe.  During the 2015 SRP there will be dharma talks once each week, kongan interviews at least twice a week, and outside walks as part of the practice schedules.  All students are encouraged and invited to discover what is available and to attend one or more of the weeks of the Summer Retreat Program 2015.

Download SRP Poster

30th March

School Cookbook

The KUSZ Cookbook website has been created to accompany the school cookbook, Un Mun's Cake. The website offers everyone in the KUSZ Sangha easy access to a downloadable PDF version of the cookbook, recipes and nutritional advice. It is an open arena for new recipes, articles and tips to appear from the experience of international Sangha members.


9th February

Visits to Europe, spring 2015

Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman SSN) is visiting Europe this spring from February 21 till March 23. She is leading the Kyol Che at Wu Bong Sa, Poland, from February 21 to March 7, and then visiting six Zen Centers in central Europe over the following two weeks: Krakow, Kosice, Wien (Zen Day), Praha, Dresden and Berlin (weekend YMJJ).

Her husband Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo SSN) is also coming for the last week (March 16-23), visiting Brussels for a dharma talk and a weekend YMJJ in Palma de Mallorca.

All our members and friends are cordially invited to attend one of the weeks of Kyol Che, one of the dharma talks, or a YMJJ, to meet, listen to, and practice with one of the visiting Zen Masters. This poster will be updated with further information as decisions on timings and locations become available.