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Soeng Hyang
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TitleSoen Sa Nim
Other namesBarbara Rhodes
Born (1948-04-15) April 15, 1948 (age 70)
SchoolKwan Um School of Zen
Other namesBarbara Rhodes
OccupationHospice Nurse
Senior posting
TeacherSeung Sahn
PredecessorSeung Sahn Soen Sa Nim

Soeng Hyang Soen Sa Nim (성향선사, born April 15, 1948) is a Zen Master and the Guiding Teacher of the international Kwan Um School of Zen, and successor to the late Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim.


Born Barbara Trexler (later Barbara Rhodes through marriage to Lincoln Rhodes, also a Ji Do Poep Sa Nim in the order), her father was a Navy officer, and her family moved often. As a teenager in the 1960s, she traveled to California to participate in the counter cultural flowering around San Francisco, and briefly visited Tassajara Zen Monastery, though she did not practice there. She later moved back to Rhode Island, where she met Seung Sahn in 1972, who became her teacher. She was a founding member of the Providence Zen Center, now located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Soeng Hyang received inka from Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim in 1977, and Dharma transmission in 1992.

Personal life[edit]

She has two daughters, one adopted. She has been in a same-sex relationship for many years.


Seong Hyang is a registered nurse and hospice caregiver.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who? A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. pp. 101–102. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
  2. ^ Skinner, Rosemary; et al. (2006). Encyclopedia of Women And Religion in North America. Indiana University Press. p. 644. ISBN 0-253-34685-1.

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