There have been many new dharma teacher ordinations this year:
Rev. Dae Bosal Anna Ryder, Toronto, Canada
Bup Ahn Brian Miessner, Saginaw, MI
Rev. Bup Jih Steve Sampson, Grand Rapids, MI
Rev. Bup Tah Erik Mroz,
Rev. Bup Heng Alex Coe, Royal Oak, MI
Rev. Hyun Sung Larry Martin,
Rev. Hae Seong Ron Purser, San Fransisco, CA
The Taego Order in America, Canada and Europe is definately growing! Congratulations to all of our new clergy members.
February, 2013: Bishop Hae Doh and member of Taego Sangha featured in the Royal Oak Review.
December, 2012: Ven.Hae Doh becomes new America- Europe Bishop.
Royal Oak, MI.
The Overseas parish of the Taego Order has been made the America-Europe Parish along with the following changes to clergy members:
Ven. Hae Doh Bishop of the America - Europe Parish.
Ven. Hae Doh resides in Royal Oak Michigan and is the first Westerner to hold this position in the Taego Order's history.
Ven. Hae In - Associate Bishop
Ven. Hae Kwang - Chair of Parish Congress
Ven. Bup Mee- Secretary and Director of Internal Affairs
Ven. Bup Chon- Director of Education
Ven. Bup Hae- Director of Finance
Ven. Hae Jin- Eastern (and non-North American) Regional Director
Ven. Dae Il- Southern Regional Director
Rev. Dae Bi- Western Regional Director
Ven. Deo Kwun- Northern Regional Director
Ven. Hae Kwang- Canada Regional Director
September, 2012: Ven. Bup Hae, Ven. Bup Woo and Ven. Bup Woon are ordained at Seonam-sa, South Korea.
Three members of the Muddy Water Zen sangha have completed their training and were ordained Samanera / Samaneri in September at the yearly training program held at Seonam-sa, in South Korea. Ven. Bup Hae, the first western woman to be ordained in this program is of particular note. All three attendees, Ven. Bup Hae, Ven. Bup Woo and Ven. Bup Woon found the experience to be very challenging and life changing. They were later installed as members of the clergy staff at Muddy Water Zen, by their teacher Hae Doh Sunim.
June, 2012: Ven. Jong Mae and Ven. Bup Chon attend the WFB Conference in Yeosu, South Korea.
Ven. Jong Mae and Ven. Bup Chon attended the WFB conference in Yeosu South Korea. The World Fellowship of Buddhists has been around for decades and promotes the shared learning and propogation of the Dharma around the world. The conference was attended by over 500 monks and clergy members from 37 countries. Many topics were presented and discussed, from the current state of education of the Dharma to the development of the areas surrounding the four main holy sites for Buddhists. Each day was also filled with various opportunities to learn about Korean Buddhism, its culture and history.
April, 2012: Grand Rapids Michigan and Muddy Water Zen hold joint precept ceremony in Grand Rapids..
The 2012 Spring Taego Protocol Retreat and Precept Ceremony was held at Muddy Water Zen in Royal Oak and also at the Grand Rapids Zen Center & Buddhist Temple from Thursday April 5, 2012 - Sunday April 8, 2012.
The protocol retreat was lead by the Overseas Bishop of the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism, Venerable Dr. Jongmae Park and the participants included the clergy staff of Muddy Water Zen, IBS USA students from Michigan, Indiana, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Friday evening, April 6, 2012, Heather Emerick (Bup Seong) was officially ordained a Dharma Teacher (Bup Sanim) in the Taego Order by Overseas Parish Bishop Ven. Dr. Jongmae Park, which was followed by a sangha celebration.
Sunday, April 8, 2012, retreat members joined the Grand Rapids sangha in a Dharmacari Precept Ordination Ceremony. The Precept Ceremony was held at the Marywood Dominican Center in Grand Rapids and was attended by over 100 people. 17 individuals from the Grand Rapids sangha took the Panca Sila (5 Precepts) under the Dharma family name 'Ahm' (Stony, Diamond). 6 individuals from MWZ also took the Panca Sila under the Dharma family name 'Geum' (Golden). 4 individuals took the 10 Bodhi-cari Precepts and also became Haengja (noviciate), and thereby received permission to travel to Seonam-sa in South Korea later this fall for novice monk training.
The Protocol Retreat and Precept Ceremony were both a great success and sangha fellowship was enjoyed by clergy, students, preceptors, family, and friends. The events held over this weekend mark a significant milestone in the development and growth of the Taego Overseas Parish, the 2nd largest Order of Korean Buddhism, an authentic tradition with a lineage going back over 1600 years.
October, 2011: Ven. Bup Mee Kevin Hickey is ordained at Seonam-sa, South Korea.
Bup Mee Sunim (Kevin Hickey) from Muddy Water Zen in Royal Oak, Michigan recently returned from South Korea where he completed 3 weeks of monastic training as a junior monk apprentice at Seonam-sa under the Taego Order. He was ordained at Seonam-sa on Wednesday October 19, 2011 and was also voted by his peers and instructors and awarded the President's Award for most committed and diligent hard-working student. He was inducted formally at Muddy Water Zen and taken on as staff clergy under his teacher Hae Doh Sunim.
June, 2011: World UNESCO heritage "Yongsanjae" Ritual, performed at Ford Theater, Hollywood, CA.
President of Taego order (Most Venerable In-Gong) and 17 other Taego monks performed very beautifully in front of about 800 audience members gathered at wonderful Ford Theater.
The traditional Korean Buddhist
ritual manifests the utmost pleasure of Buddha-Dharma and faithful cultivation. The rite demonstrates ancient music and dancing and represents the teachings of the Buddha. Venerable Koo-Hae (Korea's national living treasure 50) and Dr. Ae-Jo-Lee (Korea's national living treasure 27) were highlights of the performance and drew much attention from audiences because their supreme performances.
June, 2011: Rev. Daebi Circelli ordained as a Dharma Teacher, Anaheim, CA.
Dulcinea Circelli has beenordained a Dharma instructor under the Korean Buddhist Taego order. The Head Quarters of the Taego Order bestowed her certificate and ID card. Bishop Jongmae and Reverend Hae Joong Maxwell presented her with Dharma instructor robes and kasa. The Overseas Parish pleased to announce that Reverend Daebi Circelli is now a new sangha member of the Korean Buddhist Taego order and a Dharma teacher at Bo Kwang Buddhist temple Anaheim, CA. Congratulations!
April, 2011: New Taego Temple opens in Washington D.C.
Oxon Hill, MD.: Announcing the merger of the Taegojong Washington Sangha with Bo Hyun Sa Zen Temple in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Commencing immediately the name 'Taegojong Washington Sangha'will be discontinued in favor of refering to our combined Sangha of Korean and American Buddhists as, 'Bo Hyun Sa' Temple. Regular Tuesday night meditation that was meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, will also move to Bo Hyun Sa Temple as well. However, Sangha members who cannot travel across the river to Bo Hyun Sa on Tuesday nights, there will continue to be a bi-weekly meditation meeting in Arlington at the UUCA.
For 20 years, Ah Nan Sunim has operated this little Temple of the Taego Order in Oxon Hill, Maryland, leading a small Korean sangha which will now be joined by Hae In Sunim. Ah Nan Sunim has given long thought to the challenges posed by having two languages and two cultures in one sangha, and has laid forth an ambitious long-range plan to grow Bo Hyun Sa Temple, with accomodations for the needs of each culture. For now, they will start by integrating the Tuesday night meditation meeting into Bo Hyun Sa's facilities. Over time, as Ah Nan Sunim's vision begins to unfold, Bo Hyun Sa will become a truly bi-lingual Temple, pointing the way towards the future of American Buddhism, and a fine example of a culturally integrated Buddhist Sangha.
April, 2011: Precept Ceremony and Ordinations
Royal Oak, MI - Sixteen people took precepts at Muddy Water Zen in Michigan on April 3rd. Bishop Jongmae presided over the ceremony. The precept takers were also joined by Taego clergy from around the country including monks from New Jersey, Washington D.C., Illinois, Toronto as well as locations around Michigan. During the weekend retreat, Bishop Jongmae trained the clergy on verious ceremony and protocol.
Additionally, on Saturday evening, Ven. Deokwun Russell Pitts was ordained as a samanera. Deokwun Sunim will be opening a new Grand Rapids based Taego temple in the summer of this year.