#Zen Master Wu Bong, Jacob Perl, dies at age 62
Posted by: Adam Tebbe April 17, 2013
Zen Master Wu Bong of the Kwan Um School of Zen died today in Paris of a heart attack at the age of 62. ZM Wu Bong was Head Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen Europe and was a student of the late Zen Master #Seung #Sahn, from who he received inka and dharma transmission in 1993. He was ZM Seung Sahn’s first American student, having previously practiced with Shunryu Suzuki at the San Francisco Zen Center and also with Tarthang Tulku.
Since 2010 Wu Bong divided his time between monastic practice in Korea and his duties as Head Teacher of Kwan Um’s European branch. He began teaching in Europe in 1984, the year he received inka. Zen Master Wu Bong was a fourth degree black belt in Shim Gum Do (Korean swordsmanship) and was a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Our condolences go out to Zen Master Wu Bong’s family and friends and the greater Kwan Um School of Zen sangha.