George Bowman (Zen master)

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Bo Mun
Zen master George Bowman.jpg
Religion Zen Buddhism
Dharma names Bo Mun
Born United States
Senior posting
Title Soen Sa Nim
Predecessor Seung Sahn
Religious career
Website Single Flower Sangha

George Bowman, or Bo Mun Soen sa Nim, is a Zen master and licensed psychotherapist living at Furnace Mountain in Clay City, Kentucky (he does not teach there). He received Dharma transmission from Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim in 1992, and is a former teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen. He was a founding member of the Providence Zen Center in 1972 and also did koan study with Joshu Sasaki from 1977 to 2003. Furnace Mountain is run by Dae Gak Soen Sa Nim—another former Kwan Um line teacher. He was a resident teacher at the Cambridge Buddhist Association from 1991 to 1999, and in 1994 became a guiding teacher of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Today he travels to Boston, Massachusetts most months to lead a "floating zendo" named the Single Flower Sangha. Bowman has given inka to his student David Dayan Rynick, who was the first individual to be acknowledged as a teacher outside of the Kwan Um lineage.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Ash
  2. ^ Ford, 106
  3. ^ Prebish, 34, 156
  4. ^ Hoffman, 49


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