Lineage Masters — In realization and continuation of the vision and work begun by our lineage masters, His Holiness Il Bung Kyung Bo Seo, PhD (the first Korean Patriarch to the West / Il Bung Zen Order 일붕선정), His Holiness Thích Thiên Ân (the first Vietnamese Patriarch to the West / Lâm Tế Thiền Order), and Zen Master Seung Sahn (Linji Seon, Kwan Um School), White Lotus Haven Zen is wholeheartedly committed to establishing and promoting a strong and growing community of non-sectarian Buddhist study and practice in the West.
Guiding Teacher — The Most Venerable Sunyananda Dharma (덕심스님) is a multi-yana trained, fully authorized Buddhist Master. Initially ordained in the Korean Seon tradition of Zen Master Seung Sahn, Sunyananda later incardinated into the tradition of Zen Master Il Bung, receiving the name Dok Sim (Sunim) from Zen Master Son Hae, as his only disciple, and was transmitted as 78th Generation Master, and the 4th Supreme Patriarch (宗正) of the Il Bung Zen tradition in the West. In addition, Most Ven. Sunyananda received the mind-seal of Inka (independent teaching authorization) from Master Wonji Dochong, as a Master of the Kong An (Jp. koan) tradition. He has further trained extensively in the Lâm Tế Thiền lineage of Hòa Thượng Thích Thiên-Ân (the first Vietnamese Patriarch to the West), under his first western disciple Hòa Thượng Thích Ân Đức (Suhitananda Dharma Mahathero), with the transmission name of Thích Đức Tâm.