Myo Ji Sunim

Myoji Sunim first encountered Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1982.
This marked the beginning of her devotion to the practice of Zen Buddhism.
She began training as a nun in 1992. Shortly thereafter, she became the abbot of Chogyesa Zen Center,
becoming the sole religious Korean leader in New York City.
She promoted the introduction of Korean Seon Buddhism by opening a new temple in Manhattan in 2004.
MyoJi Sunim’s concept of Buddhism is based on action, emphasizing practice.
She was known for leading intensive, extended retreats and 1000-bows-a-day series.
And, in the last 10 years, she has led the Zen classes at Union Theological Seminary.
Further contributions to the greater community include her role as chaplain for the Red Cross during 9/11 and
serving as president of the International Council for the Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday Lantern Festival.
To her, Chogyesa was more than a temple. It grew to become a Buddhist Arts and Cultural center
accessible to a broader community. Her mission was to promote Buddhism internationally,
to encourage harmony between all religions and to advance Buddhist cultural education for youth.
She leaves behind a 17-year legacy as a charismatic practitioner of Zen Buddhism.
MyoJi Sunim was a leader, a mentor, a role model and a pioneer.
Her absence will be felt by everyone whose life she touched.

She will be profoundly missed.