Staff

Founder and Spiritual Director: Roshi Bernie Glassman

berniepicBernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement and a leading creative figure in socially engaged Buddhism. He is the founder and co-spiritual director of the Zen Peacemakers. He has extended Dharma practice from the meditation hall to the arenas of social service, business, environmental stewardship and conflict resolution. He has been honored with numerous ethics, service and achievement awards. Extended bio.

 

 

Registrar and Office Manager: Laurie Smith

laurie_smith150Laurie has lived in Western Massachusetts all her life. She graduated from Greenfield High School, then attended Greenfield Community College, majoring in Business Administration. She loves the outdoors, especially fishing with her husband, Scott. Laurie has a passion for weaving baskets, and she has been weaving for 25 years, using many different materials such as, willow, grape vine, red osier dogwood, rattan reed, and most recently waxed linen thread.

 

Zen Peacemakers Family Coordinator: Sally Sonen Kealy

sally150Sally worked in several job capacities within the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers. She took the lay Buddhist Precepts in 1986, and became a Novice Priest in 1993. She took a five year period to study Zen in the Kwan Um School of Zen under Wu Kwang Zen Master Richard Shrobe. At this time she also received a Masters in Social Work from NYU, and certified in a four year post graduate Gestalt Training program in Manhattan. Sally returned to Japanese style Zen, received Priest Vows in 1997, and is a student of her root teacher, Roshi Bernie.

 

Zen Peacemaker Order Coordinator and Assistant to Founder: Rami Mukyu Efal

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Rami was born in Israel and has lived in the US since 2002. He is a student of buddhism with the Mountains and Rivers Order since 2006and with the Zen Peacemaker Order since 2013. He studied inter-cultural conflict transformation at the School of International Training in Vermont, is a facilitator at the New York Center of Nonviolent Communication and has volunteered in hunger, community art, hospice and in Palestinian/Israeli peace initiatives. He spoke on peace-building on NPR, at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art and at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC. Rami is also a published and exhibited visual artist.