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Dok Hyon Sunim
Religion Zen
School Jogye Order
Nationality Korean
Born South Korea
Senior posting
Based in Kilsangsa, Seoul, South Korea
Title Abbot
Predecessor Bop Jung Sunim
Religious career
Students Ir Wol Sunim, Cho Wol Sunim

Dok Hyon Sunim (Korean: 덕현 스님) is a Korean Zen monk ordained in Jogye order and the foremost disciple of Bop Jong Sunim.[1] Sunim spent more than 16 years in seclusion intensely practicing Zen meditation and currently acts as the abbot of Kilsangsa temple in Seoul, taking care of Bop Jong Sunim's teaching and disciples.[2]


Dok Hyon Sunim was born on 25 December 1963. He grew up in a rural area of Korean south in Jeollanam-do province.
Sunim met Buddhism in the 1980s while studying at the university. At that time South Korea was under a strong military government control. Many students, scholars and generally all educated people were concerned about their country and tried to fight the government to achieve justice, democracy and prosperity.
After graduating in the university, Sunim entered military service. For two years he was fulfilling his duties as a soldier and than supported himself as a worker at various construction sites. While working, he had many doubts about life, so started to practice Buddhism and finally decided to become a monk.
In 1989 entered Songgwangsa temple at Jogye mountain.
In 1990 obtained novice monk precepts and became disciple of venerable master Bop Jong Sunim (법정 스님), who was at that time practicing at Puril hermitage above Songgwangsa. While attending his teacher, he entered Songgwangsa Kangwon seminary.
Between the years 1992 to 2008 Sunim practiced Zen meditation in various Zen meditation halls, hermitages and other secluded places.
Since March 2009 Sunim acts as an abbot of Kilsangsa temple in Seoul.
From March 2010 Sunim also serves as a successor of venerable Bop Jong Sunim.[3]

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  1. ^ "Bop Jong Sunim's students mournig their teacher" Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Buddhist TV network, South Korea, 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Kilsangsa abbot's public announcement", Yonhap News, South Korea, 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Ceremony for deceased Bop Jong Sunim" Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Buddhist TV network, South Korea, 18 March 2010.

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