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Religion Zen
School Kwan Um School of Zen
Education Brown University
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 Seungsahn
Religious career
Website zen.kwanumeurope.org/

Wu Bong, born Jacob Perl, was a Zen master in the Kwan Um School of Zen. Perl was the head teacher of the European Kwan Um School of Zen. The first student of Seungsahn in the United States, he had previously practiced Zen in the Sōtō tradition at the San Francisco Zen Center under Shunryū Suzuki.[1] He also spent one year studying the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism at the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center in Berkeley, California under Tarthang Tulku.[2]

Born in Poland, he and Seungsahn 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 Seungsahn, making him an independent Zen master. Perl's wife, Grazyna Perl (Bonyo), is also a Zen master in the Kwan Um School of Zen. The pair moved to Paris in 1995 and established the Paris Zen Center.[4][5]

In 2009, Wubong became a bhikṣu. He died while leading a zen retreat in Paris on April 17, 2013.[6]

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  1. ^ Prebish; 34
  2. ^ [1] Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [2] Archived March 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ http://www.kwanumeurope.org/group.php?z=12
  5. ^ "Zen and the art of discovering Paris - IgoUgo Paris Journal - Ozzy-Dave". Igougo.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  6. ^ Adam Tebbe. "Zen Master Wu Bong, Jacob Perl, dies at age 62". Sweeping Zen. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 


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