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Cho Oh-hyun
His Buddhist name was Musan(霧山). His other Buddhist names were Manak(萬嶽) and Seorak (雪嶽).
 Cho Oh-hyun was born in 1932 in Iyeon-ri, Sangnam-myeon, Milyang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do. He lived in Eunsunam for years from 1937. In 1959, at the age of 27, he was ordained a priest under the tutelage of Venerable Seongjun, from whom he received teachings at Jikjisa. In 1968, he received further teachings at Beomeosa Temple from Venerable Seog’am. Later, Cho would himself serve as the abbot of Shinheungsa, the headquarters of the 3rd Buddhist parish, as well as at Gyerimsa, Haeunsa, and Bongjeongsa, respectively.

 As an international missionary in 1981, Cho taught the essence of Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism in the U.S. for three years, using meditations and sermons as teaching tools. He become known to the public in the late 1990s. In 1998, he opened the Mugeum Seonwon at Baekdamsa on Seoraksan. In 1999, he founded and published the journal Buddhist Criticism, and in 2001 re-published the magazine Yushim originally founded by Han Yong-un, encouraging new interpretations and academic research on various topics related to Buddhism, and leading to communication with a wider audience through poetry and other forms of creative writing. To promote Han Yong-un's national consciousness and life-respecting ideology among the public, Cho organized the ‘Manhae Foundation’ in 1996 and held the '1st Manhae Festival' at Baekdamsa in 1999, which became a regular event. In 2003, Manhae Village was established at Baekdam Valley in Yongdae-ri. Cho, as a recognized poet of Korean sijo, used the sijo as a vehicle to sing the world of Seon, promoting a new style called the “Seon sijo”. In 1977, after publishing his first collection of poems Simwudo, Cho published further works of verse, including The Time I Lived in the Mountains (2000), Tales from the Temple (2003), The Distant Saint (2007), The Road to Mt. Biseul (2008), and My Life is in Vain (2015). He also published the prose works Baekyugyeong Seonhae-How can I know how to live if I don’t know how to die? (1993) and Seonmunseondap (1994),which explains the essence of Seon in an easy to understand way, as well as Byeogamnok Yeokhae (1999) and Mumungwan Yeokhae (1999). He received the Hyundai Sijo Literary Award (1992), the Nammyeong Literary Award (1995), the Garam Literary Award (1996), the Korea Literary Award (2005), the Jeong Ji-yong Literary Award (2007), and the Gongcho Literary Award (2008).

 Cho received the missionary award from the Jogye Order in 2011 while working as a meditation instructor at Shinheungsa and Baekdamsa, and in 2016, he received the highest rank of the Jogye Order, Daejongsa. He passed away on May 26, 2018 at Sinheungsa in Gangwon-do. He was a monk for 60 years of his 87 year life on earth. He was also awarded the Silver Crown Cultural Medal by the Korean government.
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