Institutes

‘Chongji' Seonwon in Beopjusa is making ardent efforts to awaken people and enlighten the world by maintaining the Zen tradition of Master Geum-O.

The meditation hall was located in the center of Beopjusa during the late Joseon Dynasty. It is recorded in a document found in 1998 during the repair works done after disassembling Gunghyeon-dang that the first building built after the Daeungjeon (the Great Hero Hall), Palsangjeon (The Hall of Eight Aspects of Sakyamuni Buddha's life) and other buildings that had been burnt down during Jeongyu-jaeran (the 2nd invasion of Japan between 1597 and 1598) was the Seon-dang (now Gunghyeon-dang), which shows that in this temple the influence of the Zen tradition was upheld by the Venerable Byeokam-Gakseong who succeeded the Venerable Bu-Hyu

After the purification of the Jogye Order, the Venerable Taejeon-Geumo, who succeeded the Venerable Gyeongheo and Mangong, who had revived the modern Zen tradition, resided at Beopjusa and strove to enhance the Zen tradition and now the tradition of discipline has been inherited by his disciples.

In October, 1969, the Venerable Wolnam, the then Abbot, and the Venerable Tanseong, who was in charge of financial affairs, honored the wish of the Venerable Geumo to build a large-scale modern meditation hall in Beopjusa and opened ‘Chongji' Seonwon with the Venerable Wolsan as its Master. The Hyanglojeon (a building which is now used as a residence for monks), located beside the Great Hero Hall, was repaired to open the Seonwon where monks devoted themselves to train in Zen practices. The Seonwon was closed in 1985 due to internal reasons, and reopened in 1992. After then, in 1997, a new Seonwon building was completed behind the Yeomhwa-sil to uphold and continue the Zen tradition of Master Geum-O.

Masters of ‘Chongji' Seonwon

The masters of ‘Chongji' Seonwon recorded in the register of practitioners are as follows

enerable Wolnam (1st), Venerable Tanseong (2nd), Venerable Wolman (3rd), Venerable Hyejeong (4th), Venerable I여 (5th), Venerable Wonlam (6th), Venerable Woltan (7th), Venerable Jeongil (8th), Venerable Wolseong (9th), Venerable Woltan (10th), Venerable Jinkwang (11th), Venerable Jewoo (12th), Venerable Hamju (13th), and Venerable Deokam (14th)

Currently the Zen centers being operated in the precinct of Beopjusa are the historic Bokcheon Seonwon in Bokcheon Hermitage, the Sujeong Seonwon in Sujeong Hermitage, the Daehyu Seonwon for Buddhist nuns in Talgol Hermitage, and a Zen center in the subsidiary monastery of Gonglimsa.