Dennis Wholey interview about Zen beliefs and practices with Hyon Gak Sunim in Seoul, Korea.
Hyon Gak Sunim - was born Paul Muenzen in 1964 to a family of devout
Catholics in New Jersey, U.S.A. His mother is a PhD in biochemistry,
and his father was an executive at a prominent American computer
company, and later founded his own company. He has eight brothers and
He is currently the Head Teacher of the Zen hall at 500
year-old Hwa Gye Sah Temple in the Sam Gak Sahn Mountain range, outside
Seoul, South Korea. In August 2001, he received inka by Zen Master
Seung Sahn the 78th Patriarch in a lineage stretching back to
Zen Master Seung Sahn's teaching
documentary "Wake up! On the Road with a Zen Master". A professional and
entertaining documentary that captures Zen Master Seung Sahn's energy while
presenting the core of his teaching. Wake Up! is not only a rare portrait of an
unusual and provocative teacher, but also an introduction to Zen Buddhism today.
Wake Up! was shot on location during a teaching trip in Europe by award-winning
independent filmmaker Brad Anderson from Boston.