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Kathy Park JDPSN

Ji Do Poep Sa (Dharma Master)

“Making a strong effort means to put a sincere effort of attention into each moment to wake up. When you lose it, return immediately. Leave no gap. Consider each moment as the last, because in our life, there is only this moment. Put effort into just this moment, that’s all. Then try again.”

Kathy Park JDPSN began practicing Zen in the Kwan Um School of Zen in 1999 in Paris. Her experiences include living and training in both residential lay Zen communities and monastic temples in the U.S, Europe and Asia. She received inka (permission to teach) in 2016 in the Kwan Um tradition. Together with her husband Andrzej Stec JDPSN, they guide Zen groups in-person and online in Seoul, Gangnam and Daejeon in Korea. Kathy Park JDPSN is also the abbot of Kwan Um Zen Online, the global online sangha for the Kwan Um School of Zen. She is passionate about building a global spiritual community through supporting one another with collective wisdom, diversity and creativity. She has also co-translated and edited the Teachings of Man Gong and Zen master Kyong Ho’s Song of Zen into English.

The Godrinktea Book Club reads in order to understand what it means to be human in this world, today. We believe that discussing literature in a safe, but rigorously thoughtful community will help us better realize our unique purpose. We aim to cultivate through creative forums, awareness of how diverse practitioners specifically bring Buddhist insights into everyday life issues. Join our 2024 spring book club with reading and discussion of The Vegetarian by the acclaimed Korean writer Han Kang, translated into English by Deborah Smith.