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About Us

A Group with a Common Passion

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Our Zen group has been in the Hobart/Northwest Indiana regions since the late 1980’s. It was started
by Jerry Ashmore. He is our Senior Dharma Teacher and member of our board of trustees.

Our practice is moment by moment concentration on the breath, when thinking arises, just return to
our breath. Our founding teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, simply called it “Don’t Know.” This means,
in each moment to open unconditionally to all that presents itself to us, perceive clearly and act with
our natural compassion and wisdom to benefit all beings.

The Zen centers & groups of the Kwan Um School of Zen offer training in Zen meditation through
meditation instruction, daily morning and evening meditation practice, public talks, teaching interviews,
retreats, workshops, and community living. Our programs are open to anyone regardless of previous

The School’s purpose is to make this practice of Zen as accessible as possible. It is our wish to help
human beings find their true direction and to help this world.

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