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Our Reverends

Ven. Grace Yang

Head Minister

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. Dogun Hwang


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.

Rev. Kevin (Deokwon Yang)


Rev. Kevin was ordained in 2021 in Korea. He served as a novice at the Orange County WB Temple in 2003 and graduated Won-kwang Uni. and the graduate school of Won Buddhism. Los Angeles Temple is his first placement as an ordained minister.

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