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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

22nd March

Zen Master Wu Bong: One Year Commemoration

We cordially invite you to the ceremony in commemoration of the first anniversary of Zen Master Wu Bong´s death which will take place on Friday 18 April 2014 at 10 am, in Zen Center Berlin, Germany.  All European Teachers will be present at the ceremony.  It will be wonderful to celebrate this ceremony with you, commemorating our great teacher all together.  You can arrive on Thursday 17th and stay for the weekend in Zen Center Berlin if you like.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and commemorating Zen Master Wu Bong together with you!

3rd December

Winter Kyol Che at Wu Bong Sa

The Winter Kyol Che 2014 will run for ninety days from Sunday 5th January till 6th April at the Warsaw Zen Center, Wu Bong Sa.  Many people are already signing up to attend for one week or more, so don't miss out!  There is plenty of space for everyone who wants to attend. There are walks in the forest every day and kong-an interviews twice a week.  The weekend following the retreat (5-6 April) will be the main Sangha Weekend of the European Kwan Um School this year.  Everyone is invited.

> Poster              > News Item with application forms

18th April

Namu Amita Bul - Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim

Dear Sangha,

With the deepest sorrow we inform you that our Great Teacher Wu Bong Soen Sa Nim passed away in Paris after a cardiac arrest on April 17th at 1 pm. 

Please dedicate Namu Amita Bul chanting for him.

The 49 day ceremony for our teacher will be held in our European Retreat Temple in Warsaw Falenica on June 2nd 2013. The one year memorial ceremony will be held at Berlin Zen Center in Germany, which was Wu Bong Soen Sa Nim's home in Europe.

Thank you Soen Sa Nim that we met you, practiced with you and received your profound teaching.

Kwan Um School of Zen /Europe
ZM Bon Shim | ZM Bon Yo | ZM Ji Kwang
Andrzej Piotrowski JDPS | Muchak JDPS | Jo Potter JDPS | Bogusia Malinowska JDPS | Oleg Suk JDPS | Arne Schaefer JDPS | Koen Vermeulen JDPS | Igor Pininski JDPS

> Information about the Scheduled Ceremonies