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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.


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 Bongs 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.

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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


15th March

Inka Ceremony 2013

We are delighted to welcome two new Ji Do Peop Sa Nims in our school, Koen Vermeulen JDPSN and Igor Piniński JDPSN.  Here are pictures of the joint ceremony on 9 March and some information about the new teachers. We are all looking forward to continuing practice with them in the future and benefiting from their teaching.

Following our joyful and successful Sangha meeting at Do Am Sa, Warsaw ZC on 9th and 10th March, the minutes of this meeting are available here. They cover the foundation of the European Kwan Um School of Zen as a legal body, the formation of a finance committee, and updates on the European Retreat Centre and the 2014 Whole World is a Single Flower conference.


28th February

Sangha Weekend, Warsaw

The European Sangha Meeting 2013 will be held after Winter Kyol Che in Warsaw in the presence of our European Head Zen Master, Wu Bong SSN, the 9th and 10th of March.

Please let us come together for a festive and joyful time. We will celebrate kido and an inka ceremony together.  We will have discussions regarding our present projects like the European Bylaws and  the European Retreat Center, and it is envisaged to legally establish the European Kwan Um School of Zen.

All members are warmly invited to attend and join in our practice and discussions together.

We are happy to announce that two beloved members of our Sangha, Koen Vermeulen from Belgium and Igor Pininski from Poland, are going to receive inka on 9th March at 11:00.  Everyone is invited to come together for this wonderful and joyful event.


16th January

Winter Kyol Che at Warsaw ZC

The Winter Kyol Che this year will run for seven weeks from this Sunday 20th January till 9th March at the Warsaw Zen Center, Do Am Sah.  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, with some newly refurbished rooms (above). There are walks in the forest every day and kong-an interviews twice a week.  The weekend following the retreat (9-10 March) will be the main Sangha Weekend of the European Kwan Um School this year, with discussions and inka ceremonies.  Everyone is invited.

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28th April

Dharma Transmission

Zen Master Wu Bong gave Dharma Transmission on 27th April at the Berlin Zen Center to Mukyong JDPSN, who becomes Zen Master Ji Kwang.  Our congratulations to the new Zen Master and to the teachers and students of the German Sangha on this happy event.  We all look forward to meeting Zen Master Ji Kwang, who will surely be in great demand to lead retreats around Europe from now on.

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