Our Teachers and Board of Directors
Abbot & Guiding Teacher: Venerable Hoden
Venerable Hoden was ordained as a Samanera (monk) at Seonamsa Monastery in 2010 and as a Bhikkhu in 2016 in Seoul, Korea. He has been studying and practicing Zen, Buddhism and Martial Arts for over 35 years. He currently acts as Abbot and Guiding Teacher for Dharma Gate Zen, teaching Western Zen (from Japanese and Korean Zen influences) along with being the Head Instructor of Homoni Iaido (Japanese sword arts).
Hoden Sunim was previously the Vice Bishop for the Taego Overseas Parish. He also holds a fifth degree in Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu and was previously a licensed instructor in Japan (Shihandai), and branch manager (for both the Birmingham and Clarkston branches of USTRI). He received a pseudonym in the Tamiya Ryu Iaijustu Lineage from the head of the Genwakai organization who presented him with the name “Gento”. Hoden graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marygrove College in Detroit, and an Associates Degree in Buddhist Studies from Dong-Bang Seminary, South Korea. He is the author of “Walk: A contemporary guide to the eightfold path” and “Awake: A contemporary guide to you”