Taego Buddhist order installs Ven. Hae Doh Gary Schwocho as first American bishop

Venerable Jong Mae Kenneth Park, patriarch and former bishop of the America-Europe Parish of the Korean Buddhist Taego Order, is pleased to announce that Venerable Hae Doh Gary Schwocho will be the next bishop of the America-Europe Parish. Venerable Hae Doh Sunim, the abbot of Muddy Water Zen near Detroit, will be officially installed on February 2.

Hae Doh Gary Schwocho was once almost ordained as a Presbyterian minister prior to his conversion to Buddhism and subsequent ordination as a Buddhist cleric. He established Muddy Water Zen in 2003. In addition, Venerable Hae In Ernest Lissabet has been named as Associate Bishop for the same four-year term. Venerable Hae In resides near Washington, DC, and is the assistant clergy at Bo Hyun Sa Buddhist Temple in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The installation ceremony for Bishop Hae Doh Sonim will happen at 10 a.m. on February 2 at Muddy Water Zen, 2421 Yale Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48067. The position of bishop is a four-year term, at the end of which the position is elected from the clergy of the America-Europe Parish.