Korean Buddhism in New York
As a religious organization though it is small, we would like to share with people our vision that has been nourished by Korean Buddhism that has a long and rich history.
Jung Myung Sa is a Buddhist Temple affiliated to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Being located in Flushing, Queens, New York, it was founded by Ven. Gilsang for Korean immigrant Buddhists and other people living in New York.
1997 Relocation at the Current Place
Later, in order to better facilitate our practice, Jung Myung Sa was moved to the current location with the help of Master Chung-hwa sumin, who wrote the calligraphy of the temple signboard, Jung Myung Sa (淨命寺).
Reopening in 2008
In completing Ven. Gilsang's 1000 days retreat and prayer, Jung Myung Sa was reopened with the new three stories modern building that was possible through helps and supports of Korean Buddhist community.
Until now, we have mainly focused on Korean Buddhist community. In addition to this, we are currently looking forward to having our English services for American people and other immigrations.
Abbot - Ven. Doshine Sunim
Doshin Sunim is a Korean Buddhist monk, who came to Jung Myung Sa in 2010. After Ven. Gilsang Sunim who founded Jung Myung Sa, he has been the abbot and President of the temple since 2013.
These days, he is often found fixing old vintage bikes. Do call me Doshine or Sunim instead of Ven. Doshine, which I am still not comfortable with.
Shin, Joo-bong - Kitchen Master
For the communal meal service that JMS provides after every Sunday Dharma service, Mrs. Shin has given her limitless time and devotion.
She is always careful with choosing ingredients for cooking because she knows how important nourishing human body is for mind. Often, she brings fresh vegetables from the garden at her home for JMS congregation.
Min, Soon-im - Kitchen Master
We call her 'Lady Min.' By her leadership, JMS kitchen can maintain peace in spite of all Korean dramas happening in JMS kitchen :-). Like Shin, she brings organic Korean food for the JMS communal meal.
She has beautiful twins grandsons, Alex and Daniel.
May Long Live Lady Min!
Jeon, Sanglakhang - Treasurer
As a devoted Buddhist lady, Sanglakhang Bosalnim is indispensable figure for Jung Myung Sa while taking care of so many things for the congregation.
She might be the first person whom you run into when you visit Our temple.
Woo, Jung-ho - Program manager
Often, people are confused about how she looks, how she does and what she does. Also, people are quite surprised to know a significant amount of food that she consume since she is very skinny.
She is the soul of the party for JMS.
Jeon, Mingyu - Supervisor
You might find Mr. Jeon doing scriptural chanting as his daily practice at the main worship hall almost everyday evening.
As supervisor of the temple, he fixes all the broken things at the temple and helps senior members of JMS congregation.