Doors 6 PM, Program 7 PMIntersections
274 Fifth Ave
Between 29th and 30th Streets
Each morning in the Manhattan Chogyesa temple begins with prostrations, chanting and sitting. This Living Room evening will include a guided practice through these three Buddhist practices, all exploring a single question: what is Buddha? Myong Haeng Sunim will lead the evening in the Korean Zen tradition, with readings and teachings on Buddhism. Sunim, a self-proclaimed hippy monk, will also share his personal journey from Virginia, through thirteen years in Korea (one in a vow of silence), to Vice Abbot of a temple on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Myong Haeng Sunim is an American Zen Buddhist monk who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a degree in Classics, and went to Korea in 1993 as an English teacher. In 1995 he entered Hwa Gye Sa temple in Seoul, and became a student of the renowned Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn Sunim. In 1997, he became a monk in the traditional Korean monastic system, and practiced at many different temples throughout Korea until 2007. He is currently Vice Abbot of Manhattan Chogyesa temple on West 96th Street.