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Ven. Seoljeong to be Appointed the Spiritual Director of Sudeoksa Temple Family  

On March 2, 2009 Ven. Ongsan, the abbot of Sudeoksa Temple made the official recommendation of Ven. Seoljeong to be the spiritual director over Sudeoksa Temple and all its branch temples. This was done at an official monastic assembly at Sudeoksa Temple in the presence of 78 monastics. From here the recommendation will go to the Jogye Order Central Council for approval.


To become a spiritual director (bangjang), a monk or nun must have completed 20 three-month retreats and ordained for at least 40 years, while maintaining a combination of meditation, scholarship, and precepts. The spiritual director can be reappointed after a 10-year term.


Ven. Seoljeong said, Im very grateful for the recommendation of the monastic community, and feel the great weight of this responsibility. I will work hard to uphold the teachings of Seon masters Gyeongheo and Mangong to make the Sudeoksa Temple and its branches into a pure practice place, and exemplary Korean temples. We will do our best to contribute to the globalization of Korean Buddhism.


(Picture) General Assembly at Sudeoksa Temple on March 2


Ven. Seoljeong became a monk in 1955 under the patronage of Ven. Wondam, the former spiritual director. He served as the abbot of Sudeoksa Temple , head of legislation of the Jogye Order Reformation Committee, and the 11th Chairperson of Jogye Order Central Council. Currently, he is the spiritual leader (Joshil) of Hwagyesa Temple and suja (great practitioner) for the Sudeoksa Temple family.


After serving as the chair of the central council, he practiced without missing a single retreat season. He meditated at Bongamsa Temple , Jeonghye Seonwon, among other places. He holds the Seon tradition of Gyeongheo and Mangong. He is to be the fourth spiritual director of the Sudeoksa Temple family following Ven. Hyeam, Ven. Byeokcho, and Ven. Wondam.

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