Myong Soen (Daniela Herzog) is the Vice Abbess of Furnace Mountain and serves as Guiding Teacher for the Lexington Zen Center.
She began active Zen training 1993 in the European Kwan Um Zen School and was a co-founder of "Weißenbach Zen Center" in Germany soon thereafter.
In 2004 she received Inga (permission to teach) in the lineage of Zen Master Dae Gak. In 2011 she moved to Furnace Mountain to commit her life to the dharma more fully.
Myong Soen has a masters degree in education and works as a certified professional coach. She is trained in compassionate communication (NVC), voice dialogue, focusing, systemic constellation work and Naikan and includes those modalities in her work with Zen students.
She is especially interested in how death informs life, and invites inquiry into the great matter of birth and death as a co-host of regular "Death Cafés" in the Bluegrass and Red River Gorge area of Eastern Kentucky.