Founding Teacher: Zen Master Seung Sahn
Zen Master Seung Sahn is the founding teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen. The 78th patriarch in his line of dharma transmission in the Korean order of Chogye Buddhism, he founded Zen centers all over the world. We were privileged to
have him visit us and teach here at the KZC on a regular basis from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s. After a long illness, he died at his home at Hwa Gye Sah Temple in Seoul on November 30, 2004. Many videos of his talks are available on YouTube.
Judy Roitman (Zen Master Bon Hae)
Judy Roitman began practicing Zen with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1976. One of the founders of the Kansas Zen Center in 1978, she received inka (full authorization to teach) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1998 and transmission from Zen Master Dae Kwang in April 2013. She is currently the guiding teacher of the Kansas Zen Center, as well as Red Earth Zen Center (Oklahoma City), Deming Zen Center (Deming, NM) and Big River Zen Group (Minneapolis MN).
Stan Lombardo (Zen Master Hae Kwang)
Stan Lombardo began practicing Zen with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1978. He was one of the founders of the Kansas Zen Center in 1978, received inka (full authorization to teach) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1992, and transmission from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1998. He is the guiding teacher of the Morning Star Zen Center (Fayetteville AR), Little Rock Zen Group (Little Rock AR), and Dharma Flower Zen Center (Chicago,IL).