For its first 30 years in the United States, Chogyesa was located in a quiet neighborhood in Woodside, Queens. In 2003 it moved into its current home in an elegant townhouse on Manhattans Upper West Side. "We feel extremely fortunate to be here, right next to Central Park and just four blocks from Riverside Park, so close to beautiful trees and flowers," says Myo Ji Sunim, the temples abbess. "People come to our Temple from all over the world, not just Koreans. Here we meditate, chant, share meals, and practice together as one people."
Known formally as the Chogyesa Zen Temple of New York (founded by the renowned Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn), this Buddhist sanctuary sits in a row of early 20th Century townhouses. Inside, one is immediately awed by the tranquility of the interior, which has been transformed into a space designated for traditional Buddhist practice. The Jijang-Bosal (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva) Room is located on the Lower Level; the Mezzanine Level has a large Meditation Room, a Garden, and a small Gift Shop; and the Upper Level houses a Library and the main Dharma Room. People come and go quietly throughout the day, and the whole place has a serene atmosphere about it.
The current abbot is a Zen Master Do Am, is a Korean monk who did intensive Zen practice in the mountains of Korea for more than 25 years. He practiced under two of the greatest Korean Zen Masters of the 20th century and deeply experienced their teachings..