Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927 - 2004) is the spiritual teacher of KYCL. He was born
in 1927 in Seun Choen, North Korea and became a Buddhist monk in 1948. He received
Dharma Transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong at the age of 22 and became the 78th
Patriach in his line of succession in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism, which
traces all the way back to Zen Master Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Chinese
Zen Buddhism. To spread the Dharma, Zen Master Seung Sahn went to the United States
and founded the Providence Zen Centre, the first center of the Kwan Um School of
Zen, which now has more than 100 Zen centres all over the world.