Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
no matter what circumstances they are in.”
He entered the Buddhist Sangha as a novice in 1969 under the guidance of his teacher, Ven. Bulshim Domoon Sunim, at Boonwhangsa Temple, South Korea. In addition to spreading the Buddha’s teachings and helping individuals to free themselves from suffering through practice, he has participated actively in social movements to improve the society as a whole. Ven. Pomnyun Sunim* is renowned in his native South Korea and around the world for his insightful yet accessible Dharma talks and for his far-reaching humanitarian and peace efforts.
In 1988, he founded Jungto Society, a volunteer-based community that follows the Buddha’s teachings. Based on the values of equality, simple living, and sustainability, the organization has dedicated itself to addressing social issues that lead to suffering, including environmental degradation, poverty, and conflict.
* Sunim is a Korean title of respect for Buddhist monastics.
His Journey to Bring Happiness and Freedom in People’s Lives
At Justice Assembly at 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions
2020 Niwano Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Ven. Pomnyun Sunim has published close to sixty books since 1994. Five of them were translated into English, one was translated into French, 6 of them were translated into Thai, 3 of them were translated into Chinese, 2 were translated into Japanese, and one was translated into Vietnamese.