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About Soshimsa Zen Center in New Jersey

The sky does not discriminate and the Earth supports all equally, yet the wonders of the Universe are revealed to those with the eye and heart of longing. Those thirsty for knowledge cannot drink deeply of shallow waters. Theoretical pursuits are like a rain puddle while direct experience is like a great ocean. Since the time of Dalma Daesa (Bodhidharma) the knowledge of mountain dwelling sages has been passed down from Master to disciple in an uninterrupted lineage. The mountain hermits are the spring source of the rivers of wisdom that flow freely.


Soshimsa Zen Center is an oasis in this turbulent world. We keep the waters of wisdom pure; we welcome all who thirst; we are Soshimsa Zen Center. 

Our Mission: Your Well-Being

At Soshimsa Zen Center, we're dedicated to guiding individuals in overcoming karmic obstacles, reducing suffering, and embracing happiness, wisdom, and compassion. We achieve this by harmonizing spirituality and holistic well-being through the teachings of Buddha Dharma, meditation, and health exercises.

Our inclusive approach incorporates traditional prayer and practice, along with non-secular activities to introduce the transformative power of Buddhist philosophy to everyone – fostering kindness, self-discovery and positive change.

We wholeheartedly invite you to explore our services and programs, finding the path that resonates with you. Together, through a supportive community, we envision a harmonious world where personal growth becomes a gift to all. Come, join us, and embark on this remarkable journey toward a brighter, more compassionate existence.


Buddhist Teachers

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Myong-Ahn Sunim

 Venerable Myong-Ahn Sunim carries out his monastic vows within the context of urban and city life. He leads a life of service where his central focus is assisting people in achieving their own personal peace and freedom from suffering.


Myong-Ahn Sunim was born in Poland and moved to the United States as a teenager. His training in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo and self-defense coincided with his introduction into Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation.

He speaks widely on the topics of meditation, stress, spirituality, and the pursuit of happiness and skillfully merges the time-tested ancient meditation techniques and Zen philosophy with the modern way of thinking, making the esoteric easily accessible to the public.

Myong-Ahn Sunim is the abbot of Soshimsa Zen Center, which is now entering its tenth year of service. He is a Master of Taekwondo, Tong-Gong Healing Arts, and Chon-Do Reiki System of Natural Healing. He is a Founder of Lotus Scouts, a scouting organization guided by Buddhist ideals, the Principal of Deer Park Academy, and a compassionate and caring beekeeper. He wears many hats but when asked he always says he’s just a monk.

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Duhk-Song Sunim

Venerable Duhk-Song Sunim is a fully ordained Zen Monk and the Director of Outreach at Soshimsa Zen Center. He has been studying meditation, healing arts, mindfulness, breathing, and relaxation techniques in conjunction with martial arts, Tong-Gong and Tai Chi for over thirty years.  


Ven. Duhk-Song Sunim is also the meditation instructor at the Zen Center and teaches on-going meditation and healing arts classes at a number of drug recovery centers and corporate venues.  


In addition to his teaching and lecturing schedule Ven. Duhk-Song Sunim volunteers his time as a Chaplain at JFK Hackensack Meridian Hospital in Edison New Jersey, serves as a member of the Edison-Metuchen Interfaith Clergy Association, and provides in-person support for elderly members of the community. 

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Seon-Ji Dawn Viczai

Certified Meditation Instructor

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Hye-Kwan John Eckensberger

Certified Meditation Instructor

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Su-Wol Wendy Burney

Certified Meditation Instructor

Meditation Teachers


Contact the Zen Center

Soshimsa Zen Center

398 Lincoln Boulevard, Suite B-1

Middlesex, NJ 08846

Tel: 908 377-9803


Directions to our Middlesex, NJ Buddhist Temple / Zen Center

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