Chang Sik Kim

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Chang Sik Kim
Religion Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
School World Shim Gum Do Association
American Buddhist Shim Gum Do Association
Other names Sabunim
Dharma names Won Gwang
Nationality South Korean
Born January 8, 1944
Senior posting
Title Dae Soen Sa Nim
(Great Zen Master)
Religious career
Teacher Seung Sahn Lee
Website Shim Gum Do [1]

Chang Sik Kim is a South Korean Buddhist master. He was born in Korea in 1944. When he was thirteen he met his teacher, Seung Sahn Lee, and entered the Hwa Gye temple in Seoul. When Kim was 21, his teacher sent him on a 100-day meditation retreat. During this retreat the art of Shim Gum Do was revealed to Kim through his meditation and he attained Mind Sword enlightenment.[1]

In 1971, Shim Gum Do Founding Master, Chang Sik Kim officially introduced Shim Gum Do with the Proclamation of Shim Gum Do. Kim established the Korean Shim Gum Do Association and began teaching Shim Gum Do in Korea. In 1974, Kim came to the United States and began teaching Shim Gum Do, forming clubs at MIT and Brown University.[2] In 1978 he established the American Buddhist Shim Gum Do Association and in 1991 he established the World Shim Gum Do Association unifying all of the worldwide Shim Gum Do Associations. In 1990, Seung Sahn Lee, certified Kim’s enlightenment.[3] This made him the 79th patriarch of this Dharma lineage.[4]

Currently Chang Sik Kim lives and teaches at his temple, Shim Gwang Sa, the Mind Light Temple in Brighton, Massachusetts. Kim has also written 22,000 Zen Poems from 1990 to 2008 and continues today. He has also published 11 books in English, two in Korean, one each in Spanish, French and Japanese.


  1. ^ Kim, C. S. & Kim, M. (1985). The art of Zen sword: The history of Shim Gum Do – part one. Brighton, MA: American Buddhist Shim Gum Do Association.
  2. ^ Pyeon, J. B. (2007, February). Shim Gum Do – A light from the East. Modern Buddhism of America. 200. 62-66.
  3. ^ Lee, S. S. (2005, January). The passing to heaven and footsteps of the Monk Seung Sahn -- Won Gwang, Chang Sik Kim writing given from the Monk. Modern Buddhism of America. 175. 50-51.
  4. ^ Stackhouse-Kim, M. J. (n.d.). Shim Gum Do Founding Master Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim 79th Patriarch. Retrieved from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-08-29.