The Peak Zen was founded in June 2011 when Jibul moved into Kubong-Sa, near Matlock Bath, and created the first dharma room in his home. For three years the group practiced a “temple-founding kido”, chanting Kwan Seum Bosal, the Korean name of the bodhisattva of compassion, 1000 times at midday each day.
In 2014 a new 60-square-metre dharma room was built separate from the house and opened in September 2014 just before it was quite finished. The main part of the building work was carried out by a local family of three brothers working for the group, while Jibul and Giedrius, who are dharma teachers of the Kwan Um School of Zen, completed the electrical wiring and lighting, the internal plaster work, paint work and final internal construction, and the external cedar boarding. Other members assisted with installing the windows and external drainage, and together we built the new altar. Many other members and friends gave small or large gifts and contributions to complete what is one of the most beautiful practice spaces in the school anywhere in the world.
In 2015 eight members of the The Peak Zen group took the five precepts of The Kwan Um School at Kubong-Sa in the new dharma room. Altogether hundreds of people have visited us and practiced with us here over the five years we have been running, including friends from Matlock and Cromford, Belper, Ashbourne, Derby, Stoke, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Glossop and elsewhere. We have welcomed visiting students and temporary residents from Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Germany, Korea, USA, and China. Kwan Um teachers who have visited briefly to lead retreats include Zen Master Ji Kwang, Zen Master Bon Shim, and Dharma Masters Ja An, Igor Pininski, Arne Schaefer and Yuval Gill. Each year we visit the Buddhist societies at Nottingham and Manchester universities, and they visit us for a Zen day at The Peak.