Wu Kwang

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Wu Kwang
Wu Kwang.jpg
At the Zen Master Seung Sahn Memorial 2007
Religion Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism
School Kwan Um School of Zen
Dharma names Universal Light
Nationality American
Born Richard Shrobe
United States
Senior posting
Title Soen sa Nim
Predecessor Seung Sahn

Wu Kwang Soen Sa Nim (1950–present), born Richard Shrobe, is head Zen teacher at Chogye International Zen Center of New York, a practice center of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Before coming to Zen practice Richard studied Hinduism under Swami Satchidananda. He is a social worker who incorporates Gestalt therapy in his counseling. In 1975 Wu Kwang began his Zen practice and received Dharma transmission from Seung Sahn in 1993.[1] He is also a jazz musician.


  • Open Mouth Already a Mistake, Cumberland, RI : Primary Point Press, 1997. ISBN 0-942795-08-3
  • Don't Know Mind: the Spirit of Korean Zen, Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2004. ISBN 1-59030-110-2
  • "Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans," Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2010. ISBN 1-930485-25-5

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