Our Teachers


As the Guiding Spiritual Teacher of WBC, Ven. Jungkil Lee brings Won Buddhist spirituality to her Sangha (community). She opened Donghae Won Buddhist temple in Korea and Houston Won Buddhist temple in the Unites States. She has devoted in delivering Sotaesan’s message in Korea and the United States since she was ordained in 1981.She has served in Chicgo Won Buddhist temple since 2013.



Rev.Sungsim225REV. SUNGSIM LEE

Rev. Sungsim Lee is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. Inspired by the way of spiritual awakening, Rev. Lee started her monastic training in 2003. After finishing Won Buddhist Studies in Won kwang University, she earned M.A. of Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She served as a minister of Miami Won Buddhist temple in FL and Philadelphia Won Buddhist temple in PA. She has served as a minister of Chicago Won Buddhist temple since 2017. She earned MSW at University of Pennsylvania and deeply has investigated her research interest in the relationship between spirituality, religion, and health for older people.

Rev. Insik Kim225REV. INSIK KIM

Rev. Insik Kim started his monastic training in 2003. He graduated from Youngsan University, Young Kwang, Korea, majoring in Won Buddhism, and earned his M.A. in Buddhist Studies at the Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea. Ordained as a Won Buddhist minister in December 2009, he began his minister’s life in Korea and then he went to Moscow Won Buddhist temple to serve as an assistant minister. He has served in Chicago Won Buddhist temple since 2014. He loves to see practitioners progress their wisdom through Meditation, and their application of the Dharma in daily life.