Wu Bong Soen Sa Nim (Zen Master Jacob Perl) was the Head Teacher of the European Kwan Um School of Zen from 1995 to 2013. Prior to meeting Zen Master Seung Sahn and becoming his first American student in 1972, Soen Sa Nim practiced with Suzuki Roshi at the San Francisco Zen Center, and devoted one year to practicing with Tarthang Tulku at the Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center in Berkeley, California.
Between his inka and transmission he was very active teaching in Asia, South Africa, and America, but mostly in Europe.
In 2000 he gave his first inka, to Mukyong. In 2006 he gave his first transmission, to Bon Shim. In 2012 he gave his second transmission, to Ji Kwang. In total he gave two transmissions and inka to seven students.
In 2008 he moved to Korea to prepare himself to become a monk. In order to keep a place in Europe he moved into the Berlin Zen Center, which from that time onward became his home in Europe. In 2009 he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Korea.
Wu Bong Sunim Seon Sa left his body after a cardiac arrest on Wednesday April 17th 2013 at 1 pm while leading a Yong Maeng Jong Jin at Paris Zen Center. He is greatly missed by his family and all his students and disciples in the Kwan Um School in Europe and worldwide. The position of Head Teacher for Europe is temporarily held by Zen Master Bon Shim.