Eve Myonen Marko is a dharma successor of Zen Master Bernie Glassman, a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and the head teacher at the Green River Zen Center in Greenfield, MA. With her husband and teacher, Bernie Glassman, she co-founded Peacemaker Circle International, which linked and trained spiritually-based social activists and peacemakers around the world. During that time she helped develop coalitions of Civil Society activists in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. During the 1980s she worked in the Greyston Mandala, a Buddhist-inspired network of for-profits and not-for-profits in Yonkers, New York.
Eve has written and edited numerous articles about the Zen Peacemakers and its member activists, and also collaborated with Roshi Bernie Glassman in the writing of Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Instructions on Making Peace, which was published by Random House in 1998. She has also written biographies and mystery books for children, published by Waldman Publishing.
She was a long-time member of the Zen Community of New York, which founded the Greyston Mandala organizations in Yonkers, New York. She was critical in the organization’s progress and developed resources and funding for Greyston Family Inn and Greyston Foundation. Marko was also Executive Director for the Music For the World Foundation, which funds and advocates on behalf of music education programs in American schools.
Sally Sonen Kealy began studying Zen in a Philippine setting adapted to Christian practices under the leadership of Roshi Elaine McGinnis, dharma successor of Yamada Roshi. Returning to America, Sally met Roshi Bernie Glassman, in 1981 and eventually began Zen Priest study at the Zen Community of New York which later became the Zen Peacemakers. She ordained (Denkai) as a Zen Priest in 1991. Sonen has made it a life practice to study with several different sanghas and teachers. She received dharma transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman in 2011, and is the Zen Peacemaker Sangha Coordinator for affiliates from all over the world as well as coordinating a family culminating in six grandchildren. Sonen moved to western Massachusetts in early 2013 with her husband, John and two dogs, Dax and Rosie. She sees her life as a most grateful offering.
Sensei James Daikan Bastien, LICSW, MHD, is the designer, developer and Director of the Brattleboro Retreat’s Uniformed Services Program (USP). The USP is a specialized partial hospitalization program offering mental health services to veterans, police officers, firefighters, and other first responders who witness multiple traumas. Trained as a scientist-practitioner, Jim is a clinical social worker and trained behavior analyst with more than 30 years experience providing trauma focused clinical services in large residential settings. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan as well as a Masters Degree in Human Development from the University of Kansas. Jim has published in scientific journals including the Journal of Behavioral Assessment, the International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, and Behavioral Intervention. He has also authored professional workshops and presentations at numerous regional and national conferences. Prior to joining the Retreat, Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Zen Peacemakers, Inc., Vice President of Residential Services for the Sisters of Providence Health System, and Executive Director of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town of New England. Jim has been a Zen practitioner since 1980 training in the Soto Zen lineage of Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the Korean Zen lineage of Zen Master Seung Sahn, & the Zen Peacemaker lineage of Roshi Bernie Glassman. Jim received dharma transmission (shiho) from Roshi Glassman in March of 2011.