Our Teachers

Zen Master Seung Sahn

(1927 – 2004)

Kwan Um Seoul Zen Group

Teachers

Andrzej Stec_Oh Jin JDPSN

After receiving a Masters of Architecture in his native Poland, he met the late Zen Master Seung Sahn at a university Dharma talk in his home town of Gdansk.

He became his student and began practicing Zen in 1981. He received inka (teaching authority) from Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1998 and has been teaching in Europe, United States and Asia ever since.

Stec JPDSN developed Mantra Walk, emphasizing practice that integrates with an active daily life to develop our wisdom and to maintain optimal health in mind and body.

Together with his wife, Kathy Park (Il Hwa) JDPSN, he is the co-guiding teacher of the Kwan Um Seoul Zen Group and the Kwan Um Daejeon Zen Group.

Kathy Park_Il Hwa JDPSN

Kathy Park JDPSN began practicing Zen in 1999 and has lived at the Cambridge Zen Center and Providence Zen Center in the U.S., Su Bong Zen Monastery in Hong Kong and at Musangsa in South Korea, where she participated in several 90-day kyol che retreats.

She served as director of the Cambridge Zen Center during which she helped establish the Harvard Women’s Center Meditation Group and the Harvard Zen Buddhist Group. She received inka (permission to teach) from Zen master Dae Bong at Musangsa in 2016.

She lives in Korea with her husband Andrzej Stec JDPSN and together, are co-guiding teachers of the Zen groups in Seoul, Gangnam and Daejeon in South Korea. She is the co-ordinator of the International Initiative Project for the Kwan Um School of Zen and co-founded the global Kwan Um Online Sangha (KUOS), where she is also a guiding teacher.

Kathy Park_Il Hwa JDPSN

Kathy Park JDPSN began practicing Zen in 1999 and has lived at the Cambridge Zen Center and Providence Zen Center in the U.S., Su Bong Zen Monastery in Hong Kong and at Musangsa in South Korea, where she participated in several 90-day kyol che retreats.

She served as director of the Cambridge Zen Center during which she helped establish the Harvard Women’s Center Meditation Group and the Harvard Zen Buddhist Group.

She received inka (permission to teach) from Zen master Dae Bong at Musangsa in 2016. She lives in Korea with her husband Andrzej Stec JDPSN and together, are co-guiding teachers of the Zen groups in Seoul, Gangnam and Daejeon in South Korea. She is the co-ordinator of the International Initiative Project for the Kwan Um School of Zen and co-founded the global Kwan Um Online Sangha (KUOS), where she is also a guiding teacher.