Bringing Authentic Temple Zen
to wherever you need to Be.
Welcome to the Mirror of Zen
Meet Hyon Gak Sunim
Over 30 years ago, after graduating from university, Paul J. Muenzen was ordained "Hyon Gak Sunim" in a secret ceremony in the Temple of the Sixth Patriarch, on Chogye Mountain in Guangzhou, the People's Republic of China, by his Teacher – the legendary Zen Master Seung Sahn.
Since then, Sunim has been constantly engaged in intensive traditional 90-day silent retreats (ango) in the ancient temples of China, Korea and Japan – completely cut off from news of the outside world, from family, from conversation, drilling down completely into the question of our very existence -- "Why was I born in this world, why must I die? What am I?"
An earth-shattering insight of awakening during an intensive solo retreat in the mountains was later confirmed by Zen Master Seung Sahn in 2000, and in 2001, Hyon Gak Sunim was publicly authorised to bring these teachings to the world.
Sunim has recently decided to share here, for the first time in an online course format, the training fundamentals that have been passed down from teacher to student for 2,500 years, unbroken since the time of the Buddha.
"The technology of Zen is not a belief, a system or an ideology. It is not a religion or a theology."
Hyon Gak Sunim
What isMirror of Zen?
Mirror of Zen Courses
Introduction to Zen
The three free videos (and one BONUS video) introducing you to a Zen monk functioning moment-to-moment in the modern world. Sunim explains the power of meditation and the urgent need to wake up.
Zen: The Basics
The fundamentals for building a home-temple practice, from the ground up. No previous experience is assumed.
Zen: The Novice
This 6-weeks course builds your daily practice with weekly dharma talks and guided meditations.
The Bundle includes the two Courses "Zen Meditation: The Basics" and "Zen Meditation: The Novice".
Get the full Bundle for less than the price for TWO Courses!
The Online Course was a surprise happening to our entire community — this was not produced by some slick company. Hear about the labor of Dharma-love here…
"The training I received in film school was stretched to the limit — and beyond — on this beautiful work. So happy to have been involved."
Yiannis Do Ahn Papadopoulos
Creative Director / Editor
"This Project has been a labor of love which took my meditation to a much deeper level. Wow! I'm recommending this to all my friends."
Director / Project FacilitatorCEO, In(ner)Sync
"Having practised for over 15 years in another Zen lineage, the months spent on this Project have deepened my understanding in unexpected ways and have revolutionized my practise!"
Pablo Yorae Rodas
Dharma Teacher / Creative DirectorGrowlight Project