Our Teachers

Myozen Osho (Daniela Herzog)

Daniela Myozen is one of the resident teachers at Furnace Mountain Zen Retreat Center in the Red River George area of Eastern Kentucky. She also is the Guiding Teacher at the Lexington Zen Center.

Daniela Myozen Herzog
Daniela Myozen Herzog

She began her spiritual journey in 1984 and in 1993 began active Zen training in the European Kwan Um Zen School. In 2004 she received Inga (permission to teach) in the lineage of Zen Master Dae Gak. In 2011 she immigrated to the US to support Furnace Mountain Zen Retreat Center and to give her life to the dharma more fully.

Myozen is a former musician, holds an M.Ed. and worked for 12 years as an elementary school teacher. She is a trained and ICF-certified professional coach (CPC, ACC), and has extensive training in non-violent/compassionate communication, voice dialogue, focusing and other modalities of inquiry into the koan of being human.

She is the mother of an adult son and lives with her husband and two dogs in a tiny cabin at Furnace Mountain, where she helps providing a space of stillness and inquiry for all.

You can contact Daniela Myozen here.

Dae Gak

Our Founding Teacher is Zen Master Dae Gak, who also resides at Furnace Mountain.

Zen Master Dae Gak
Zen Master Dae Gak

Dae Gak is a Dharma heir of Zen Master Seung Sahn, and is the author of two books:

Here is one of Dae Gak’s poems:

Put on Your Robe

Put on your robe, your gown, your dancing shoes, your vestments
Pray.

Not to someone or something you have been taught about
But to what you know and feel and live in each moment.

Find what your heart already knows
Not what your thinking believes about it.

Find your tears, which flow without end
Where there was once only blame and disappointment.

Find your friends, your lovers,
Your breath, your parents
From ten thousand life times.

Find your True Self and never let go.

Hold the question without conclusion.

And breathe, breathe into the belly of this beastdecaying_buddha who’s heart is loss and who’s intelligence is not knowing.

In a little over one hundred years everyone who is on earth today will be gone.

There is no enlightenment other than… This!

— Zen Master Dae Gak