Hyon Gak Sunim (Paul J. Muenzen) was born in 1964 to a family of devout Catholics in New Jersey, U.S.A. Educated in literature and literary theory at Yale University (1987) and comparative religions at Harvard Divinity School (’92), he was ordained in 1992 in China. He has been doing Zen training in various remote mountain places, including 3 intensive 100-day solo meditation retreats and some twenty-eight 3-month intensive meditation retreats (ango) in the ancient Zen temples of Korea.

“All things that appear in this world are illusion. If you view all appearance as nonappearance, then you will see your true nature.”