Won Do Sunim

Dharma Name: Won Do Sunim (Original Path)

Imre Stifter

Won Do Sunim was one of the founding members of the first Hungarian Zen community in 1989. In the following year (1990), he took five and ten precepts. Than on 18th May 1991 in Warsaw Zen Temple, Wu Bong Sa, under the guidance of Zen Master Seung Sahn, he became a novice monk. Same year, with 108 other people they founded The Dharma Gate Buddhist Church of Hungary. From 1993 he spent many years of practice in different countries such as South-Korea, USA, Poland, France and Japan. He got ordained as a full monk (bikkhu) in Tong Do Sah Temple in South-Korea on 27th October 1996. After his teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, passed away in 2005, he returned to Hungary. He lives here a simple, solitary life on the countryside and helps all the hungarian buddhist sanghas including the groups of The Kwanum School of Zen.