Founded in 1973 as the first Korean Buddhist Temple in the United States, Carmel Sambosa is a prilgrmage site for Korean visitors. Founder Hang Sang Lee hosted many Korean Zen masters who resided, meditated, and taught at the temple. Founder Lee passed in 1984, and in 1988 a fire resulted in the destruction of the main Buddha hall. Sambosa went through a difficult time.

In 1994, renowned Korean Monk Venerable Chung Wha learned about Sambosa while teaching in New York. He decided to take responsibility for the rehabilitation of the temple, and members of his lineage now lead the temple. The Venerable Dae Man Sunim is the current abbot.

Today, Carmel Sambosa continues to be a refuge for all souls who seek.