We follow the practice and teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn, who founded the international Kwan Um School of Zen.
In 1949 Zen Master Seung Sahn received transmission from Zen Master Ko Bong, one of the most brilliant Zen Masters in Korea at that time. Later he was responsible for several temples in Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. In 1972 he created the Kwan Um School of Zen in the United States in order to provide Zen training to lay people and monks and nuns in the West.
Today we are represented in multiple Zen centers and groups in Europe, the United States and Asia.
The Western form of Korean Zen is based on sitting meditation, walking, chanting, bowing and kong-an training. The formal study of sutras is not pursued.
During our daily practice we follow a schedule that starts with bowing, then some traditional Buddhist chants, followed by formal sitting meditation.
If you are new to Zen and meditation, our dharma teachers will be glad to give you an introduction to the form, sitting posture, meditation methods, and so forth. The Peak Zen holds informal workshops for beginners from time to time, at which you can try out the various forms of meditation in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Every few months we also have the opportunity to meet Zen teachers of our school from Europe, Asia or America in more formal intensive retreats. And every year our School offers retreats of three months in Poland, Korea and the United States.