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Sunim BomHyon


Sunim is a Buddhist monk, scholar, teacher, and activist, who lives on the unceded lands of the Gundungurra and Tharawal people.

Sunim came of age in the early seventies and was active in the early women’s refuge collectives, and in the eighties worked with HIV/AIDS campaigns.

In the early 1990s, Sunim took robes and lived in monasteries in Thailand and Korea before returning to Australia in 2010 where she has since been active in chaplaincy/spiritual care in prisons, hospitals, universities, Defence, and also established the first Buddhist Spiritual Care education program in Victoria.

Her professional background is in education and social work, with graduate training in peace & mediation studies, counselling and psychotherapy. She is currently a PhD research candidate and sessional academic.

Sunim’s deep commitment is to live and learn with others who are motivated, ecologically and compassionately, to support each other in right relationship to the planet and all beings.

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