Bernie Glassman Recognizes Grant Couch as Dharma Successor
(photo by Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao)Â
On April 30th, 2016, afterÂ a ZPO International Governance CircleÂ meeting, Bernie Glassman, who has been recovering from a stroke since January, performed a short ceremony to mark the recognitionÂ of Grant Couch as a dharma successor in his lineage.
Grant Couch, sensei, worked for over 40 years in the financial services industry, with a focus on commercial and investment banking. Following his retirement as President and COO of Countrywide Capital Markets in 2008, Grantâ€™s desire to contribute to otherâ€™s personal growth led him to take the position of CEO of Sounds True, a publisher of spiritual teachings where he served for two years. He was Chairman of Manhattan Bancorp and its subsidiary Bank of Manhattan from 2010 â€“ 2015. His current focus is as the Co-Founder of the Conservative Caucus of Citizens Climate Lobby.
In 1990 Grant began to explore various spiritual paths. After 4 years of religious and philosophical self-study he found a deep personal resonance in the Buddhaâ€™s teachings. Since then he has studied with many Tibetan, Zen and Vipassana teachers. And after attending a 2010 bearing witness retreat in Auschwitz he began working closely with Bernie Glassman and Zen Peacemakersâ€™ three tenets.
Grant graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University. In addition to serving as the Chairman of Zen Peacemakers; he is on the investment committee of Aravaipa Ventures, a Colorado-based, impact technology VC fund; and is a financial advisor to The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
Now retired, Grant is focused full time on finding a conservative solution to the challenging nexus of energy and the environment â€“ aka climate change. Grant is a board member for Zen Peacemakers International, non-profit 501(c)3 .
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