Ven. Pomnyun Sunim to speak in Ann Arbor 10/26

The University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean Studies will be hosting two lectures in Ann Arbor October 26 by the Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, a very well-known Korean monk and activist.

Ven. Pomnyun Sunim Korean Lecture
Speaker: Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Ampitheatre

2014 Worldwide Lecture Tour: 2014 Creating a World Full of Hope
Speaker: Ven. Pomnyun Sunim
Host Department: Nam Center for Korean Studies
Date: 10/26/2014
Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
Location: Rackham Building, Assembly Hall (4th Fl)

Ven. Pomyun Snim is considered one of the leading intellects in South Korea today, preaching on how to harmonize cultivation with social engagement. In 2002, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which has been called the ‘Asian Nobel Peace Prize. His lectures based on teachings on the Buddha and his long, diverse experiences as an activist can transcend language and cultural differences to help people all over the world. Ven. Pomnyun Snim was the subject of a New York Times profile In 2012, highlighting his efforts to establish one of South Korea’s first relief organizations, Good Friends, for North Koreans fleeing that country’s deprivations, and his ongoing activism on the North Korean people’s behalf.

He is not an only a peace activist but as a Guiding Zen Master, he has begun holding lectures for English speaking audiences through an interpreter. In April 2013, he conducted a “Dharma Dialogue” lecture for the participants of International Buddhist-Christian Conference “Engaged Buddhists and Liberation Theologians in Dialogue” at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and received positive reviews.

For more details, please check the Nam Center for Korean Studies special events calendar.