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Wu Bong
Wu Bong.jpg
Religion Zen
School Kwan Um School of Zen
Dharma names Universal Peak
Nationality American
Born (1950-06-22)June 22, 1950
Died April 17, 2013(2013-04-17) (aged 62)
Spouse Grazyna Perl
Senior posting
Based in Paris Zen Center
Title Soen sa Nim
Predecessor Dae Soen Sa Nim
Religious career
Website zen.kwanumeurope.org/

Wu Bong, born Jacob Perl, was a Soen Sa Nim (Zen master) in the Kwan Um School of Zen. Perl was the head teacher of the European Kwan Um School of Zen. As the first student of Dae Soen Sa Nim (Seung Sahn) in the United States, he had previously practiced Zen Buddhism in the Sōtō tradition at the San Francisco Zen Center under Shunryu Suzuki.[1] He also spent one year studying Tibetan Buddhism at the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center in Berkeley, California under Tarthang Tulku.[2] Born in Poland, he and Dae Soen Sa Nim established the first Zen center ever to exist in his home country in 1978.[3] In 1983 Perl was made a Ji Do Poep Sa Nim in the Kwan Um School—granting him some teaching responsibilities—and in 1993 he received Dharma transmission from Dae Soen Sa Nim, making him an independent Zen master. Perl's wife, Grazyna Perl (Bon Yo), is also a Zen master in the Kwan Um School of Zen. The pair moved to Paris, France in 1995 and established the Paris Zen Center.[4] In 2009 Zen Master Wu Bong became a monk. He died while leading a zen retreat in Paris on April 17, 2013.[5]

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  1. ^ Prebish; 34
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ "Zen and the art of discovering Paris - IgoUgo Paris Journal - Ozzy-Dave". Igougo.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  5. ^ Adam Tebbe. "Zen Master Wu Bong, Jacob Perl, dies at age 62". Sweeping Zen. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 


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