Ven. Chung Ohun Lee

Ven. Dr. Chung Ohun Lee is the Supreme Council of Won Buddhism, spiritual teacher, visionary activist and international leader in the movement of interreligious dialogue and cooperation. As the Guiding Spiritual Teacher of WBM, Chung brings Won Buddhist spirituality to her Sangha (community) and international audiences. She teaches the Won Buddhist philosophy of spiritual stability and freedom from the mindless and unceasing pursuit of materialism. Chung is noted for imparting Buddha dharma on a personal, community and global level. She established a thriving Buddhist temple in the middle of Manhattan through the embodiment of spiritual cultivation in the midst of our materialistic society, which is the hallmark of Won Buddhism.

Chung serves as the Co-President of Religions for Peace International, the largest international interfaith organization, a position she has held since 1999. Dr. Lee has represented Won Buddhism to the United Nations since 1992 and held many important UN Committees, working for peace and security, climate change, human right, universal ethics, gender equality and addressed ethical, moral and spiritual perspective on the work of the United Nations.

Chung believes in the power of the individual affect great change in the world. Every action, word and intention has an effect. Returning to the simplicity of breathing in this moment through silent meditation naturally leads to universal awareness that each of us has an unlimited capacity that is far more powerful than external difficulties. Through silent meditation Chung discovered herself and learned to use her own wisdom, her own truth, her inner strength, and her inner beauty. Chung invites everyone to join in the movement of Changing Humanity, One Breath at a Time.

Ven. Lee is the author of Gender Equality, Women in Won Buddhism (2013), Living Dharma: A Guide to Daily Practice of Won Buddhism (2012), Vision for a New Civilization: Spiritual and Ethical Values in the New Millennium (2000) and Dharma Record: New Mind and New Body (1994). She holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. Ven. Lee received full ordination in 1981 in Korea.

Ven. Chung Ohun Lee is away on a year-long sabbatical.