Thursday, August 14, 2003

Hyon Gak sunim

I mentioned Hyon Gak sunim (formerly Paul Muenzen of New Jersey) in my "Dharma Smackdown" post. Here's a recent profile.

He's a cheerful guy. His dharma talks are great-- funny, blunt, salty-tongued. He knows his audience at Hwagye-sa's International Zen Center isn't completely fluent in English (there are plenty of Koreans and non-Americans sprinkled in among the Americans), and he often resorts to a kind of Konglish while speaking. His Korean is very fluent (way, way better than mine), if still heavily American-accented.

If you're ever in Seoul, look Hyon Gak sunim up.

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