Shim Gum Do Founding Master Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim
79th Patriarch



     Shim Gum Do Founding Master Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim is an enlightened Zen Master. In 1990, Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim received a letter from his teacher, Dae Soen Sa Nim, confirming his enlightenment. This officially made Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim the 79th Patriarch of his lineage.


     In March of 1995, Zen Master Hwa Ohm, Abbot of Dong Lim Sa Temple in Korea met with Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim. Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim said, "Buddha showed one flower. His student, Gasup Jonja saw the flower and smiled. Buddha gave him transmission. Buddha made a mistake to show the flower, Gasup Jonja made a mistake by smiling. Which is not a mistake?" Zen Master Hwa Ohm didn't answer. Finally he said that Great Zen Master Chang Sik Kim was better than any Zen Master in Korea, thereby giving him transmission.