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Su Bong
Su Bong, Seung Sahn, Dae Gak.JPG
From left to right: Su Bong, Seung Sahn, Dae Gak
TitleSoen Sa Nim
Born(1943-01-07)January 7, 1943
DiedJuly 17, 1994(1994-07-17) (aged 51)
ReligionZen Buddhism
SchoolKwan Um School of Zen
Senior posting
PredecessorSeung Sahn

Su Bong (Korean: 수봉; January 7, 1943—July 17, 1994) was a Soen Sa Nim in the Kwan Um School of Zen, the designated heir of Seung Sahn's lineage. Of both Korean and Chinese heritage,[1] he was born in Kona, Hawaii. Su Bong began his practice with Seung Sahn in 1974, helping to establish many Zen groups and temples for the lineage in the years that followed. In 1981 he received inka from Seung Sahn, making him a Ji Do Poep Sa Nim (JDPSN) in the lineage and, in 1983, he was ordained a sunim and given the Buddhist name Mu Deung.[1] He received Dharma transmission on October 11, 1992. On July 17, 1994, Su Bong died of unknown causes at a retreat while conducting kong-an interviews in Hong Kong.[2] Today the Kwan Um School of Zen has a practice center in his name located in Hong Kong and named Su Bong Zen Monastery.

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  1. ^ Batchelor, 222
  2. ^ Obituary


  • Batchelor, Stephen (1994). The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture. Parallax Press. ISBN 0-938077-69-4. OCLC 30078996.
  • Bon Yeon. "Obituary - Zen Master Su Bong (1943-1994)". Kwan Um School of Zen. Archived from the original on 23 December 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2008.

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