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Wonji Dharma
Works at Buddha Dharma University
Attended Orange Coast College
Lives in Kansas City, MO
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My opinion on Buddhism in the West.
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This is the first thing I thought of: 
" The  idea of some heavenly furniture or Neurotoxin."
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Take off the plank
when we take off  the blinders of thought, what is left  is just the truth. old Sakyamuni saw through it first, Bodhidharma said it well, while passing through the gate, let go of thoughts and ideas, don't live your life in a...
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A Day in the Life
Today I posted some pictures of the virtual meetings that I have weekly with my personal students, I have 23 students who I meet with for a minimum of one hour each and every week, unless there is travel, illness or a retreat taking place. Many have questio...
Today I posted some pictures of the virtual meetings that I have weekly with my personal students, I have 23 students who I meet with for a minimum of one hour each and every week, unless there is travel, illness or a retreat...
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A Meeting of Two Bodhisattvas (Ven. Sunyananda & Rev. Jungmin)
Hello, and what an auspicious event we all just had the privilege of claiming witness to. I was overjoyed when I heard the news that these two Bodhisattvas were dedicating their vows in this beautiful space and that the ceremony was going to be consecrated ...
Hello, and what an auspicious event we all just had the privilege of claiming witness to. I was overjoyed when I heard the news that these two Bodhisattvas were dedicating their vows in this beautiful space and that the cerem...
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I don't understand. A Boddhisattva is now an appointed position awarded by an institution?
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one o’clock in
the morning, thunder
cracks open this
studious pre-dawn. thirty-one years
of effort and this
dance still exists
between our practice and insight. seekers come and try to
find meaning where none
exists. students
want a degree hoping they
will ...
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A Board Carrying Monk
Zen Buddhist practices are not outward regulations for living, rather Zen Buddhist practices are inward forms of personal liberation. ~ Wonji Dharma The true teaching always makes us feel uncomfortable, if it doesn't make us feel uncomfortable, it is not th...
Zen Buddhist practices are not outward regulations for living, rather Zen Buddhist practices are inward forms of personal liberation. ~ Wonji Dharma The true teaching always makes us feel uncomfortable, if it doesn't make ...
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Well, I hope none of you are offended at what I am about to say, and of course that will be up to you. I often follow the words of the great Daoist Sage Laozi, "if you seek for the approval of others, you become their prisoner." I want to emphasize that thi...
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I named my son after this album, Olias Elrond Lynch, he was born in Germany in 1977
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Education
  • Orange Coast College
    AA - Liberal Arts, 1980 - 1982
  • California State University, Long Beach
    BA - Psychology, 1982 - 1985
  • Buddhist Studies Institute - Los Angeles
    Doctorate - Buddhist Psychology, 2008 - 2012
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Other names
Ven. Dr. Paul Wonji Lynch
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Founding Zen Teacher of the Five Mountain Order and Zen Monk in both the Korean and Vietnamese Zen Lineages
Introduction
My interest is based in open dialogs within members of all of the spiritual traditions. My upbringing was founded within tolerance and exploration. My path which for a time was involved heavily in the area of Psychology eventually landed in an extreme respect for the Eastern Philosophy and Religion of Chán Buddhism. Although I feel drawn to this path personally I do not regard it as some way the correct or ultimate path to self discovery, it is merely the path that has seemed to make sense to me. There is a fundamental problem with our ability to communicate about Religious and Theological issues that somehow has not evolved at the same level that the scientific method has evolved with over the past few hundred years. I don’t negate Science or Quantum Physics and accept their findings, within the same realm that I also accept my own understanding of the unfolding of my life within each moment that I breathe. Our lives are complex and yet simple in their unfolding if we understand that we already are complete. I believe that we can help bridge the lack of understanding through open discussion. Our only resolve in life is to become more loving.
Work
Occupation
Zen Buddhist Monk
Employment
  • Buddha Dharma University
    Chancellor, 2008 - present
    Oversee the running of the University as well as teaching many courses on Buddhism, Sutras, Religion and Poetry.
  • Five Mountain Zen Order
    Founding Teacher, 2008 - present
    Oversee the running of the Order with the help of many capable Teachers to Assist our community as we finds new ways to reach those on the path.
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Kansas City, MO
Previously
Las Vegas, NV - Huntington Beach, CA - Orlando, FL - Fairfield, CA - Sulm, Germany - High Wycombe, UK - Marysville, CA - Edwards AFB, CA - Sheppard AFB, TX - Dublin, Ireland - Fontana, CA - San Clemente, CA - Hollywood, CA - Suisun City, CA - Modesto, CA -