Resources

Most of the resources below originate from the Kansas Zen Center. Many more resources are available at the Kwan Um School of Zen site. In addition, access to classical Korean texts is available from the Korean Jogye order from which we are descended.


Kwan Um School of Zen Chanting with interlinear (word for word) translations (interlinear translations by Zen Master Hae Kwang)

Syllabus for Compass of Zen course

Dharma teacher training resource page of the Kwan Um School of Zen of the Americas — even if you’re not training to be a dharma teacher, it’s a great resource to learn more about Buddhism in general and Zen in particular.

History of the Temple Rules by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)

Hsin Hsin Ming translated by Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo)

Notes on the Morning Bell Chant by Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo)

Notes on Nagarjuna by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)

Notes on So Sahn by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)

Notes on the Heart Sutra by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman) and Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo)

Who’s Who in our Chants by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)

Women in Zen by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman)

The Heart Sutra as a Translation by Jess Row (from Chogye International Zen Center in New York City)

Article on Nagarjuna’s four propositions and Zen by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman), published in Buddhadharma

Article on collage and pastiche in classical Buddhist texts and the notion of self of by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman), published in Buddhadharma

Article on the Mahayana vision by Zen Master Bon Hae (Judy Roitman), published in Buddhadharma

Homer’s Light: The Odyssey Koan by Zen Master Hae Kwang (Stan Lombardo). Homer’s account of Odysseus’ voyage home as a metaphor for finding our original mind.

Archives of the Kwan Um School of Zen’s journal Primary Point

The Tea House Guide, a handy reference to look up all the transliterated variants of the classic Zen master names (e.g., Chao-chou Ts’ung-shen = Zhaozhou Congshen = Jōshū Jūshin = Joju) so you can keep the cast of characters straight. Compiled by Linda Frank.

Tony Prince’s book Universal Enlightenment, an excellent guide to Huayen Buddhism and the Avatamsaka Sutra.

KZC member Ed Canda has written a book (available as a free pdf) on Korean drumming: Gripped by the drum: The inspiring artistry of master percussionist Kim Byeong Seop in the Korean tradition of nongak. We are lucky to have had Ed perform at our kidos (chanting retreats) in this ancient tradition.