New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Würzburg Germany, led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande

David Loy

The Zen Peacemakers Sangha in Würzburg Germany is led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande. They are studying the Zen Peacemakers Precepts and doing Social Action in Refugee camps.

Dr. Cornelius v. Collande, was born in 1952, and has one adult daughter. His studies were in Philosophy, Psychology and Educational Theory in Freiburg (Germany), as well as Geology in Wurzburg (Germany) and Zaragoza (Spain). He has been involved in twenty years of international IT projects. Since 2000 he has worked in Psychotherapy (Gestalt), Mindfulness and Zen-training. He has a European Certificate of Psychotherapy (EAP) and is a teacher for „Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction“ (MBSR). He is a Taiji teacher of “Taiji Chan school”.

He has been a Zen student since 1981 with Sekkei Harada Roshi. Since 1984 he has been doing Koan study with Willigis Jäger Kyoun Roshi. Since 2002 he did further Koan studies with “Sambo Kyodan” sect under Yamada Ryoun Roshi. He was appointed as Assistant Zen Teacher by Yamada Ryoun Roshi in 2006 and appointed as Zen teacher (Sensei) of the Zen school “Empty Cloud” by Willigis Jäger Kyoun Roshi in 2009. His first personal contacts with Zen Master Bernie Glassman were in the Auschwitz-Retreat 2011 and he is now attending the Auschwitz Bearing Witness retreats as a Spirit Holder.

He lives and works in the “Centre for Spiritual Ways – Benediktushof”

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New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: David Loy Stories

David Loy

Sensei David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web. He is on the editorial or advisory boards of the journals Cultural Dynamics, Worldviews, Contemporary Buddhism, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and World Fellowship of Buddhists Review. He is also on the advisory boards of Buddhist Global Relief, the Clear View Project, Zen Peacemakers, and the Ernest Becker Foundation.

David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues. A popular recent lecture is “Healing Ecology: A Buddhist Perspective on the Eco-crisis”, which argues that there is an important parallel between what Buddhism says about our personal predicament and our collective predicament today in relation to the rest of the biosphere. Presently he is offering workshops on “Transforming Self, Transforming Society” and on his most recent book, The World Is Made of Stories. He also leads meditation retreats. (To find out about forthcoming lectures, workshops and retreats, please see the Schedule page.)

Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy. His BA is from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he studied analytic philosophy at King’s College, University of London. His MA is from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and his PhD is from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. He was senior tutor in the Philosophy Department of Singapore University (later the National University of Singapore) from 1978 to 1984. From 1990 until 2005 he was professor in the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. In January 2006 he became the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society with Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a visiting position that ended in September 2010. In April 2007 David Loy was visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From January to August 2009 he was a research scholar with the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From September through December 2012 he was in residence at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with a Lenz Fellowship.

David is married to Linda Goodhew, a professor of English literature and language (and co-author of The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons). They have a son, Mark Loy Goodhew.

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New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate Maria Kannon Zen Center of Dallas Texas led by Roshi Ruben Habito

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The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion in their daily lives and in their relationships in society and the whole world.

Members practice Zen in the lay Zen tradition of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, also referred to as the Harada-Yasutani lineage. Sanbo Kyodan Zen is based on the combined teaching and practice of Harada Daiun (Great Cloud), Yasutani Hakuun (White Cloud), and Yamada Koun (Cultivating Cloud). The lineage brings together elements of the Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions. Its home practice place is San-un Zendo, (Zen Hall of the Three Clouds), located in Kamakura, Japan, and now has affiliate Zen centers and communities in different parts of the world.

Rubin Habito

Roshi Ruben Habito is the founding Teacher of the Maria Kannon Zen Center.

Roshi Ruben L.F. Habito (born c. 1947) was born in the Philippines and is a former Jesuit priest turned master practicing in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen. In his early youth he was sent to Japan on missionary work where he began Zen practice under Yamada Koun-roshi, a Zen master who taught many Christians students, which was unusual for the time. In 1988, Ruben received Dharma transmission from Yamada Koun. Ruben left the Jesuit order in 1989, and in 1991 founded the lay organization Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, Texas. He has taught at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University since 1989 where he continues to be a faculty member. He is married and has two sons.

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New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges

Founded by actor Jeff Bridges and other entertainment industry leaders in 1984, the End Hunger Network has a long record of innovative and impactful initiatives aimed at encouraging, stimulating and supporting action to end childhood hunger, including:

► Los Angeles World Hunger Event

► End Hunger Televent

► Live Aid

► U.S. Presidential End Hunger Awards

► Primetime to End Hunger

► Fast Forward to End Hunger

► Hunger in America film

The End Hunger Network is currently participating with Share Our Strength in its No Kid Hungry national campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Our nation has the food and programs in place to end childhood hunger, but consider what we are up against – the stigmas and embarrassment that surround hunger, the challenges presented by acess to healthy food, and the struggle to connect children with the resources they need to thrive.

It’s going to take lots of us to solve childhood hunger. We need to create an army of supporters who are committed to stamping out hunger once and for all. By adding your name to the No Kid Hungry Pledge, you can join a movement of people united to put an end to childhood hunger.

For more than 25 years, the End Hunger Network has been confronting hunger head-on to make it a national proiroty. Together, with your support, we can put an end to childhood hunger.

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New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate Upaya Sangha of Tucson led by Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak

Sensei Al Genkai Kaszniak serves as spiritual director of Upaya Sangha of Tucson, an affiliate sangha of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. He received both Jukai and dharma transmission from Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., and he presently also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Upaya Zen Center.

The Upaya Sangha of Tucson (AZ) is a lay Zen Buddhist practice group and is an affiliate sangha of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. In addition to teaching and guiding practice in this sangha, Al teaches periodically at Upaya Zen Center (e.g., in the recurring Zen Brain retreats, the annual Being with Dying training for end-of-life care clinicians, and Rohatsu Sesshin).Al’s work that is most closely allied with the mission of Zen Peacemakers includes teaching and writing about the intersection of spiritual and clinical issues in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care (example references below), and work with the Mind and Life Institute, aimed at helping bridge science and contemplative practices toward the goal of reducing suffering and enhancing flourishing for as many as possible.

He is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers Association and the White Plum Asanga. Al received his Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Illinois in 1976, and completed an internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Rush Medical Center in Chicago.

He currently serves as Director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium Education Core, Director of the Neuropsychology, Emotion, and Meditation Laboratory, Faculty and Advisory Board member of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, and a professor in the departments of Psychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry at The University of Arizona (UA). He formerly served as Head of the Psychology Department, and as Director of the UA Center for Consciousness Studies, and Chaired the Steering Committee for the inaugural International Symposia for Contemplative Studies (April, 2012, Denver, CO). He also previously served as Chief Academic Officer and interim CEO for the Mind and Life Institute, an organization dedicated to dialog and collaboration between science and contemplative traditions.

He is the co-author or editor of seven books, including the three-volume Toward a Science of Consciousness (MIT Press), and Emotions, Qualia, and Consciousness (World Scientific). His research, published in over 155 journal articles and scholarly book chapters, has been supported by grants from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Science Foundation, as well as several private foundations and institutes. His work has focused on the neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological disorders, cognition and emotion in healthy aging, consciousness, memory self-monitoring, emotion, and the psychophysiology of long-term and short-term meditation.

He has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and has been an advisor to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs and other governmental agencies, and has served on the Boards of Directors of several voluntary health organizations, professional organizations, and institutes.

He previously served as President of the Section on Clinical Geropsychology, Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a fellow of the APA and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

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Ven. Dr. Pannavati, co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage

Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is co-founder and co-Abbot of Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage in Hendersonville NC. An African-American, female Buddhist monk ordained in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions and with Vajrayana empowerments and transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemakers, she is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage is an affiliate of the Zen Peacemakers.

An international teacher, she advocates on behalf of disempowered women and youth globally, and insists on equality and respect in Buddhist life for both female monastics and lay sangha. She was a 2008 recipient of the Outstanding Buddhist Women’s Award. 

In 2009, she received a special commendation from the Princess of Thailand for Humanitarian Acts and she ordained Thai Bhikkhunis, on Thai soil with Thai monks as witnesses. 

In May 2010 she convened a platform of Bhikkhunis to ordain the first 10 Cambodian Samaneris in a Cambodian temple, witnessed by Cambodian abbots including Maha Thera Ven. Dhammathero Sao Khon, President of the Community of Khmer Buddhist Monks of the US. 

Ven. Pannavati continues to visit Thailand each year, offering support for the nuns and their projects.  In 2013, Ven. is arranging for 500 books to be sent to an elementary and secondary buddhist school for girls.  She is also raising funds to improve security at the compounds as this is an utmost concern in some areas of Thailand.

Venerable is a founding circle director of Sisters of Compassionate Wisdom, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order and Sisterhood.  

In 2011, Venerable adopted 10 “untouchable” villages in India, vowing to help them establish an egalitarian community based on Buddhist principles of conduct and livelihood, providing wells, books, teachers and micro-loans for women.  Approximately 30,000 people live in these villages. 

Ven. Pannavati founded My Place, Inc., that’s served more than 75 homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 23 over the past 3 years and that effort has evolved into a separate 501(c)(3), MyPlace, Inc. which has its own accredited high school, jobs training program, residential program and social enterprise, My Gluten Free Bread Company.

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