Five Mountain Order Governance
We are fortunate to have a very well qualified Governing Board: Ven. Myodo, who is both Chancellor of BDU and Head Teacher of Five Mountain, has extensive experience with higher education and has a JD in law and had a long acquaintaince with Ven. Wonji; Rev Gwondu is an ex-Marine, ex-FBI, a doctor of Chinese medicine and is head of the on a leading Korean martial arts groups in the U.S.; Rev Wonju has extensive experience in nonprofit corporations; Rev. YaoXin is our resident expert on Chan Buddhism and also has extensive experience in education; and Ven. Jinhye is transmitted in Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese (Soto) Zen Orders as well as being a PhD Clicnical Psychologist and Chaplain. He also serves as Provost of BDU.
All members of the Board were students of Ven. Wonji for many years.
Five Mountains of Practice
Our Dedication is alignment with the Four Great Vows
Our Non-Discrimination Policy
Since the 12th century, Zen practice has been described. in the Ten Ox Herding Pictures, as defined by Chinese Chán (Zen) master Kuòān Shīyuǎn (廓庵師遠).
The Ten Ox Herding Pictures follow the path from engagement to execution, in this manner:
We believe in the mystery that is our life. The Buddhadharma teaches us that our lives function within questions and not inside of ideas, constructs, metaphors or philosophies. Following our path which leads from some of the greatest teachers of Zen Buddhism - which include Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and Ji Bong Soen Sa as well as The Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and The Venerable Dr. Suhita Dharma - we engage our lives in this moment, without dependence upon the past, the present, or the future. We engage our lives with the constant unfolding of each and every moment, while radiating the true love and compassion of the Buddha Way.