Haemin (monk)

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TitleBuddhist Teacher
Born (1973-12-12) December 12, 1973 (age 49)
LineageJogye Order
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHyemin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJu Bong-seok
McCune–ReischauerChu Pong-sŏk

Haemin (born December 12, 1973) is a South Korean teacher and writer of the Seon Buddhism tradition.[2]


Haemin is a Seon Buddhist teacher, writer and the founder of the School of Broken Hearts in Seoul. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training from Haein monastery, South Korea and taught Asian religions at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for 7 years.[3] His first book, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down has been translated to more than 35 different languages and sold over four million copies.[4] His second book, Love for Imperfect Things was the number one bestseller of the year 2016 in South Korea and became available in multiple languages in 2019. Haemin resides in Seoul when not travelling to share his teachings.[3]

In 2020 Haemin announced that he would be quitting all his public activities and returning to a Zen Buddhism education institution after facing backlash over his secular lifestyle.[5]


  • The things you can see only when you slow down. Penguin Random House. 2017. ISBN 978-0143130772.[clarification needed]
  • Love for imperfect things. Penguin Random House. 2018. ISBN 978-0143132288.[contradictory]


  • Haemin Sunim: Audible Sessions. Audible Studios. 2017. ASIN B077H5LRCQ


  1. ^ Sohn, Bong-seok (March 22, 2019). "'어쩌다 어른' 혜민스님, 100억 가진 부자와의 일화 공개". Sports Kyunghyang (in Korean). Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Flintoff, John-Paul (February 25, 2017). "Zen and the art of family maintenance". The Guardian. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  3. ^ a b McElhatton, Heather (September 10, 2018). "The Buddhist monk who leads a school to heal broken hearts". MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Cocker, Rachel (February 8, 2018). "Meet the 'mega monk' changing our attitude to happiness, one tweet at a time". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ "Monk Haemin quits public activities after not-so-Buddhist behavior". koreajoongangdaily.joins.com. November 16, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2023.