In 1976, the White Plum Asanga was established by Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931-1995), one of the great pioneers of modern Zen, who opened up a unique tradition of Buddhist practice to a worldwide movement.
Maezumi Roshi received dharma transmission from Baian Hakujun in the Soto lineage. He also received Inka in the Shakyamuni Kai through Koryo Roshi and received Inka in the San Bo Kyo Dan through Yasutani Roshi. He drew from an exceptionally rich background and expressed the teaching of the Buddha in a very broad and colorful way.
Bernie Glassman was the first Dharma Sucessor of Maezumi Roshi and the only teacher to receive Inka from him. The 83-affiliate Zen Peacemakers Family includes communities started by successors of Bernie, communities started by their successors and also spiritual groups from other lineages and traditions who want to find affinity in their commitment to social action. Within the ZP Family, a Zen Peacemaker Order was envisioned by Bernie Glassman in 1994 and formed in 1995. It is currently being re-envisioned by Roshis Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Pat Enkyo O’Hara. Bernie Glassman is the Spiritual Elder.
Never predictable nor conventional, Bernie’s dynamic and visionary leadership has inspired many to experiment with new forms of practice and service over the years. In addition to the Greyston Foundation and Bearing Witness Retreats, many of these experiments have grown into substantial programs that have impacted the lives of thousands over many years. A small sample of programs whose founders identify as members of the Zen Peacemakers Family and who cite Bernie as inspiration include: