Since 1989, the Ahnkook Seon Center Foundation has opened Seon centers in Busan and Seoul in Korea as well as in Manhattan, New York in the U.S.A. to help as many people as possible realize the true Mind and lead a bright life in daily living.
The Ahnkook Seon Center Statement of Purpose
Everyone desires stable peace and prosperity. However, peace and prosperity are not won only through national wealth, power or an individual’s pursuit of gain. True peace and growth can be possible only if both the nation and its citizens together have insight into the world of Truth and lead their daily lives in accord with a personal realization of such Truth. It is in that way a firm and unshakable world is assured even if it is confronted with disaster and adversity.
Thus, the Ahnkook Seon Center Foundation of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism strives to liberate people of all countries in the world through the practice of Zen(pronounced Seon in the Korean language) which was discovered by Shakyamuni Buddha. Seon helps those who have gone astray due to confusion caused by delusion to find their true selves.
Seon is an inner light that can shatter an ordinary person’s false delusions. Seon offers a power of supreme wisdom with which the full recovery of mankind can be completed. Because Seon was discovered by the Sage’s spiritual insight as a direct method to recover our true human nature, it allows one to sweep away the world of delusion and recover instantaneously the true appearance of great original brightness.
Thus, throughout the East and the West and from ancient times to the present, Seon has always been recognized as an eternal and correct path to the purification and enhancement of mankind’s inner world and a means to follow the Righteous and Noble path. Seon helps one transform his or her internal egoistic separation, reach the original inner reality, and open one’s eyes wide to the Great Vehicle, which enfolds the universe and each of the Karmic circumstances of everyone’s life. Thus, Seon ultimately opens an absolute non-dual world where oneself and others are not considered as two. Seon opens the gate to the world of compassion and brings everyone’s lives into harmony.
Accordingly, the Ahnkook Seon Center Foundation, in conformity with and under the direction and teachings of the Jogye Order of Korean Seon Buddhism, hopes that the sound of this Truth will be heard in the minds of all mankind. It is the wish of Ahnkook Zen Center that a world of universal equality will flourish into oneness through the spreading of Seon throughout the world that will enlighten everyone’s eyes of wisdom.