Bo Kwang Zen Center

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Bo Kwang Zen Center is a Buddhist community dedicated to cultivating compassion and wisdom through Korean Ganhwa Zen teachings. 

So you should view this fleeting world –

A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.-Diamond Sutra

Korean Ganhwa Zen is unique in that it has retained much of the essence of the original Zen of China: Chinese Chan. It’s use of the koan or “Hwadu” is unlike that of Japanese Zen koan practice and is relatively unknown in the West.

Each and every one of us are endowed with the seeds of Buddha-Nature (“Enlightenment”).  It is only because of our conditioned way of thinking, and our attachment to our own delusion that we are not able to see what we already have.  Zen practice is the way to care for those seeds allowing them to sprout, grow, and flower.  By having this realization of our Buddha-Nature we erode our negative habits allowing us to respond more openly in our everyday lives, which develops a sense of universal friendliness, and shows us the interdependence of all existence.