Rev. Hye Wol Sunim was first ordained in Sri Lanka in 1977 and took robes in the Korean Zen tradition in 1984. Rev Sunim studied with Buddhist masters in Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. He arrived in the US in 1991. He translates Pali texts and teaches the early Pali canon. Rev. Sunim founded the Meditation Center for Zen Communities and is planning a meditation and retreat Center in Southern California. Rev. Sunim is the guiding teacher for LA Dharma and The Insight Center.
He is one of a small number of monks who are ordained in both the Theravada and the Mahayana (Zen). His retreat center in Pearblossom, California recently officially opened, on May 16, 2009. It is tentatively named, "Sunim's Ranch."