Sit, Breathe, Bow
Myong Hae Sunim, JDPS (rebroadcast)
August 4, 2020
If you give up, then what?

This episode is a rebroadcast of an interview I did with Myong Hae Sunim, JDPS, in the summer of 2019. Tragically, Myong Hae passed away this weekend. In honor of her memory and her commitment to guiding people on the Way, it felt appropriate to share this interview again.

Myong Hae Sunim, JDPS, was originally planning on becoming Catholic nun when a friend invited her to hear a visiting Chinese Zen Master, Su Bong Sunim. Lithuania had recently become independent from Communism and was opening up to the world. She had never seen a Chinese person before and initially went just to meet him. But she was so moved by his message she immediately signed up to sit a three-day retreat. Myong Hae Sunim quickly realized that the Buddhist path fit her better than the Catholic one and she began sitting retreats in Poland before finally moving to Hwa Gye Sat Temple in South Korea in 1996 to begin her monastic training. The following year, after ordaining as a nun, she moved to Hong Kong to serve at Su Bong Zen Monastery, where she has been ever since and now serves as the second guiding teacher.

You can find out more by visiting the website for Su Bong Monastery in Hong Kong at

Sit, Breathe, Bow is hosted by Ian White Maher.

Sit, Breathe, Bow is sponsored by the Online Sangha of the International Kwan Um School of Zen