Venerable Grace Yang was ordained as a dharma teacher (Kyomoonim) in 1981, after seven years of intensive training in South Korea.
She served in several temples including Won-Nam temple and Seoul temple in Seoul, San Francisco temple, and Orange County temple in the U.S. She was one of the pioneers of Won-Buddhism in the U.S. She is the founding Kyomunim for San Francisco temple.
She was appointed as the principal minister of the Western Diocese of Won-Buddhism and the Head minister in LA temple in 2010. She also began Won Retreat Center in Lake Elsinore with projected completion date in 2022.
Rev. JeongHye Yoo was ordained in 2014 after eight years of training in South Korea. She first served as an assistant minister in Ul-San temple in Korea for 3 years. She also served in the child care community center as a certified social worker taking care of children in Ul-San.
She has served in Los Angeles temple since March 2018. She is passionate and warm-hearted bringing cheerfulness around her. She teaches the youth group on Sunday and Yoga service during the weekdays.
Rev. Dogun Hwang was ordained in 2017 after five years of training in Korea; 3 years in Youngsan and 2 years in Iksan both sacred places of Won-Buddhism.
He was an architect for 3 years in Seoul. He was an enthusiastic lay practitioner in Gangnam temple and the community retreat center in Seoul. At the age of 33, he decided to become a minister of Won- Buddhism.
Los Angeles Temple is his first placement as an ordained minister. He enjoys Dharma discussions and teachings of Won-Buddhism and other religions. He leads Thursday evening meditation service, Saturday morning Dharma study, and Sunday English Dharma service.
Ven. Grace Yang
Rev. JeongHye Yoo
Rev. Dogun Hwang
Rev. Sunjoon Yoon
Minister. Guest Teacher
Rev. Sunjung Yun was ordained as a Won Buddhist kyomu (Won Buddhist priest) in 2007. Before she started her kyomu's training in 2003, she received her BA in Hindi Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. During her monastery training, she received a BA from Wonkwang University in 2005 and an MA from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia in 2007. After being ordained, she was assigned to the San Francisco Won Buddhist temple as her first placement. She had served there as an associate priest for five years from 2008 to 2013. Rev. Yun also received her MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley in 2014, specializing in Indian Yogācāra Buddhism. She had served at the Valley Temple from 2014 to 2016 while she worked on her Ph.D. coursework at UCLA. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in Buddhist Studies at UCLA, working on her dissertation.