Passing of Dear Venerable Samu Sunim

 

born March 3, 1941 at Chinju, South Korea

died August 6, 2022 at Zen Buddhist Temple, Toronto, Canada

Our dear Venerable Samu Sunim passed away Saturday August 6th, 2022 at 10:40 pm at the Toronto temple in the company of Haju, Toan, Sanha, Bopkong, Joyong and Nachimpan.

 

He died peacefully, free from pain and major discomfort. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease several years. Thursday morning on August 11 he was cremated in Milton, Ontario. We chanted and gave Sunim a final farewell as the smoke blended with the radiant summer sky.

 

Sanha cared for him since the spring of 2020 with utmost devotion and care, warm heart and unfailing good humour. He was able to enjoy the warm months at the Spring Wind farm.

 

Sunim's constant inner meditative question was: "how can I transmit and adapt Buddhism to westerners, while keepng the essence of the tradition" His accomplishments were not common: He had the profound realization of a Seon (Zen) master, combined with the vast knowledge of Buddhism of a scholar. Above all he was a strong and compassionate teacher, ready to offer a helping hand to all.

Samu Sunim August 1 2022
Samu Sunim August 1 2022

Sunim's gaze, 5 days before passing

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Sunim August 1 2022
Sunim August 1 2022

Sunim was sitting up 5 days before passing

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Sunim August 7 2022
Sunim August 7 2022

Sunday morning August 7th after Sunim's passing. Toan, Bopkong, Ilch'o

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Samu Sunim August 1 2022
Samu Sunim August 1 2022

Sunim's gaze, 5 days before passing

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Cremation, August 11 2022 at 10 am

"Dear newly departed spirit, having broken free from the shell of the five aggregates and your radiant spirit shining alone, you have now received the pure and excellent precepts of the Buddha. How would this not be joyful! How would this not be joyful! Buddhaland or not you’ll be reborn at will according to your wish. Cheers! Cheers!"

 

—Song of Impermanence

Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022
Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022

Auspicious hawk

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Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022
Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022

Ah Sunim!

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Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022
Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022

Sunim's smoke into the blue sky

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Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022
Evergreen Crematorium, Milton, Ontario, Canada August 11 2022

Auspicious hawk

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Final Years of Venerable Samu Sunim

Venerable Samu Sunim handed his Dharma staff (Chujangja) to Toan Sunim at the end of the summer Yongmaeng Jeongjin retreat in July 2019.

In his retirement and illness Sunim spent his days at Spring Wind Farm, Mexico City temple and Toronto temple. His days were simple and peaceful.

Sunim August 19 2020, Spring Wind Farm
Sunim August 19 2020, Spring Wind Farm

with Puppy Pata

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Sunim August 13 2020, Spring Wind Farm
Sunim August 13 2020, Spring Wind Farm

Sunim still wanted to help out!

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Sunim August 2, Toronto
Sunim August 2, Toronto

Sunim's ordinary day at the Toronto temple...."Shall I kick the cat!"

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Sunim August 19 2020, Spring Wind Farm
Sunim August 19 2020, Spring Wind Farm

with Puppy Pata

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49 Day Observance

(August 6 to September 23)

You may prepare an altar for Sunim as follows: a small tablet with Venerable Samu Sunim, March 3, 1941—August 6, 2022, his  picture, a candle, incense and incense burner, a flower or flowers.

Please carry on your daily service for Sunim for his 49 day period of transition: the Great Compassion Dharani, the Heart Sutra, the Bardo Prayer, Gido chanting of Jijang Bosal, the Diamond Sutra.

 

Celebration of Life

We had a lovely celebration of the Ven. Same Sunim's life on Saturday September 24. Please click this link to view it.

 

Offerings in Memory of Samu Sunim

 

Donations are welcome. We plan to create a memorial garden at our Spring Wind Farm. Sunim's ashes and ours will be together with rocks, trees, flowers, animals, birds, the river and sky. We plan to create a Samu Sunim archive in order to collect and publish Sunim's teachings and life stories.

 

You may post your memorial tribute to Sunim (your experience with Sunim and his teachings (poems, storytelling, photos, video/audio).

Post your memorial to the online Memorial Page or send to Sanha at toronto@zenbuddhisttemple.org

 

 

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