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Founding Abbot Dae Haeng of the Phoenix Zen Centre

First started Zen practice in the early 1976’s as one of the early members of the BZG Brisbane Zen Group Went on my first Seshin a 7 day retreat with Robert Aitken Roshi in 1979 at Burradoo in NSW with the Sydney Zen Group and after a few years began to see the need to expand not only my own practice but could see the need of other people who wanted to expand their practice also So in 1988 with my late wife Irene and Dok opened the first full time Zen training centre (QZC) Queensland Zen Centre at Coorparoo Brisbane In 1994 we invited Zen Master Seung Sahn who came with Zen Master Su Bong and 3 other monks Mu Shim sunim, Dae Bong sunim, and Mu Sang Sunim, from then on we knew we had found our home and the QZC became a member of the International Kwang Um School of Zen the rest is history as they say On the 13th February 1994 Dae Haeng was installed as the first abbot of the newly named Dae Kwang Sa Zen Centre recommended by Zen Master Seung Sahn and marked the beginning of the Kwang Um School of Zen in Brisbane Australia. A Photo of the Ceremony conducted by Zen Master Dae Gak on the day of the installation of Peter Hart (Dae Haeng) as the Abbot of Dae Kwang Sa Zen Centre And a copy of the invitation that was sent out to all the other Buddhist Centre’s in Brisbane at the time

After the death of Irene I went to Korea and became ordained on June 16th 1995 spent 6 month in Hwa Gye Sa in Seoul then 3years in the USA at Furnace Mountain Zen Temple under Zen master Dae Gak 1998 came back to Australia and stayed approximately 2-1/2yrs at Dae Kwang Sa as a resident monk Later on decided to re marry to Lin Cai Xia (Julia) moved to China for 2 years teaching English at the High schools in Shanghai With the encouragement from Subhana Barzaghi Roshi at the transmission ceremony of Zen Master Ku San who also endorse the action of starting a new Zen Centre although I was of a difference school they gave me their support, so with the blessing of Julia my wife who is not a Zen practitioner I went ahead and built a new Zen Centre at the rear section of our business and open up for Zen practice on the 21st February 2016 under the name of:

The Phoenix Zen Centre at 3 Albury Street Deagon Brisbane 4017

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Founding Abbot Dae Haeng of the Phoenix Zen Centre

Dok first came to Zen practice in mid-1987 where he began sitting with the Brisbane Zen Group (BZG) on Sunday nights. In mid-1988 Dok along with Peter Hart and his wife Irene decided that they needed more than just a weekly formal practice so they rented a large house in Coorparoo and set up The Queensland Zen Centre which was the first full time residential Zen centre in Brisbane with daily morning and evening formal practice following a Japanese based system. At the end of 1993 they contacted the Kwan um School of Zen in South Korea and expressed interest in knowing more about the Korean system of practice. In February 1994 The Kwan Um School Zen Master Seung Sahn and Zen Master Su Bong Sunim came to stay at the centre and to teach full time for a month and on 29 May 1994 along with eight others Dok took the Five precepts with Su Bong Sunim who had stayed on to run retreat for the new members of the Kwan Um School. Following this the members met and changed the name of the Zen centre to the Dae Kwan Sa Zen Centre at the suggestion of the school founder Zen Master Seung Sahn. In February 1995 Dok took monk precepts within the Kwan Um School and continued his practice. At the same time, he facilitated a Zen group in northern New South Wales, Petrie and Maleny. After Peters wife Irene died Dok took over as the Abbot running the Dae Kwang Sa Zen Centre to free up Peter to travel to Korea to become a monk. In October 2009 Dok formally handed his monks robes back to Zen master Dae Jin Sunim and in October 2010 Dae Jin Sunim formally recognised Dok as a Dharma Teacher within the Kwan Um School of Zen. Since the opening on the 21st February 2017 Dok has been for the last fifteen months been working as the Head Dharma Teacher at the Phoenix Zen Centre  

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Founding Head Dharma teacher Do Kwang Known as Dok

Approximately 1997 I first met Kwang Myong JDPS (now Zen Master Sen Shin) at the Qld Zen Centre Dae Kwang Sa Annerley who was a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn who founded the Kwan Um School of Zen and was the first Korean Zen master to teach in the west In 1998 I received the 5 precepts then moved into the Zen centre in 2000 to begin my monastic training receiving my nun’s precepts in 2002 then followed by a 3 months winter retreat Full nuns precepts was received in 2005 Later returning to lay life in 2007 Joined the Phoenix Zen Centre on its opening 21st February 2016 to continue my practice and to help and support others in their practice

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Founding Member Bup Hwa (Kathy Brackenridge)

Member of the International Kwang Um School of Zen

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