Zen Master Wu Bong Dead at 62

04/17/2013 03:25 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2013

2013-04-17-WuBong.jpgZen Master Wu Bong (Jacob Perl), Head Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen in Europe, died today at age 62 of a sudden heart attack. Zen Master Wu Bong was the first American Zen student of the late Korean master, Seung Sahn, who founded the internation Kwan Um School of Zen organization.

Wu Bong was also a practitioner of Korean martial arts, a fourth-degree black belt in Shim Gum Do (Korean swordsmanship). Hr was a graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I.

For more information on his passing, please visit Sweeping Zen for his obituary.

Photo courtesy the Kwan Um School of Zen Europe.