ZPO Founding Teachers

In 1997, Co-Founders Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes assembled a group of American Buddhist teachers to develop the ZPO Precepts.  This group was called the Founding Teachers and consisted of Grover Genro Gauntt, Joan Jiko Halifax, Eve Myonen Marko, Wendy Egyoku Nakao, and Pat Enkyo O’Hara.  The Co-Founders and Founding Teachers then spent about one year refining the Precepts and creating the ZPO Rule.

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Top Row: Roberto Mander, Paul Schwerdt, Roland Wegmüller, Catherine Pagès, Bernie Glassman, Malgosia Braunek, Michel DuBois;Seated: Andrzej Krajewski, Barbara Wegmüller, Frank De Waele

In 2002 a group gathered in Europe to study together and to develop the European ZPO. This group was called the Founding ZPO Teachers of Europe and consisted of Malgosia Braunek (Poland), Frank De Waele (Belgium), Michel DuBois (France), Amy Hollowell (France), Andrzej Krajewski (Poland), Roberto Mander (Italy), Catherine Pagès (France), Paul Shoju Schwerdt (Germany), Barbara Salaam Wegmüller (Switzerland) and Roland Yakushi Wegmüller (Switzerland). Heinz-Jürgen Metzger (Germany) joined this group shortly after.

Listed below are all the teachers who helped form the ZPO international sangha:

 

Małgorzata (Malgosia) Braunek, Poland.  Malgosia graduated from Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Warsaw in 1969.  She began the practice of Korean Zen with Master Dae San Sa Nim in 1979, and became the student of Genpo Roshi in 1986.  In 2003, she received Dharma Transmission from Genpo Roshi with the title of Sensei, and in 2011 she received the title of Roshi – Zen Master.

She was the Polish Co-founder of the Community of Peace, and under the leadership of Roshi Bernie co-organized Bearing Witness retreats at Auschwitz.  She also led the Polish Kanzeon sangha, was a member of the White Plum Asanga, and a founding member of the Zen Peacemaker Order in Europe.  Malgosia also worked as a volunteer in the Warsaw hospice oncology.

On June 23, 2014 Braunek died from cancer at the age of 67.

 

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Frank De Waele, Belgium  Frank De Waele Roshi began meditating in 1987 in the sangha of Master Deshimaru. He also practiced with Dutch teacher Ton Lathouwers before becoming a student of French teacher Catherine Genno Pagès Roshi of the Dana Sangha. Three years later he took Buddhist vows and moved to her center near Paris for residential training.

In 2002 Frank assisted the development of Dana Sangha Belgium, and on July 23, 2005 he received dharma transmission (Jap. Shiho), from Genno Roshi, becoming a qualified teacher (Dutch zenleraar; Jap. Sensei) in the White Plum Sotozen line of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi.

In 2006 Dana Sangha Belgium was transformed into an independent sangha with a new name and logo and its own programming. In the renewed Zen Sangha, Frank De Waele Sensei carries out spiritual guidance and priesthood functions and does dharma education.

In April 2011, Frank received dharma transmission from Bernie Glassman Roshi, becoming his dharma successor.

Frank De Waele Sensei draws and loves visual arts, reading, walking and street retreats. He lives at Dana Sangha Zendo in Ghent and works full time as a zen teacher in residence.  He is married to Alexandra Mushin Gericke, senior Zen student of Genpo Roshi. They have two daughters, Hannia and Sanne.

 

Michel Genko Dubois, France. Born in 1947, Michel Genko Dubois has practiced Zen since 1978. In 2007, he received Dharma Transmission, authorization to teach Zen, from Genpo Merzel Roshi. He has also studied with Bernie (formerly Tetsugen) Glassman Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and Deshimaru Roshi, as well as having received the teachings of several Tibetan lamas, such as Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche.

From 1970 to 1974, Michel Dubois travelled across Africa, hitchhiking, teaching English and doing various odd jobs. His first experience with meditation was in the mountains of northern Ethiopia in 1974.

The year after, he travelled across Central America and the United States, finally settling in San Francisco, where he became a taxi driver and began practicing Zen regularly. In 1980, he took part in the Long Walk for Survival, a spiritual march from San Francisco to New York led by traditionalist Native Americans, to pray for peace on Earth and the closing of the uranium mines on Native reservation lands.

During the 1980s he co-produced and co-wrote the documentary film, “The Spirit of Crazy Horse”, which tells the story of the Lakota Sioux Indians and their struggle to recover their sacred ancestral land – the Black Hills of South Dakota.

As well as a teacher within the Zen Peacemakers, Michel Dubois is the cofounder of the “L’Un Est L’Autre” (One is the Other) humanitarian organization, which distributes meals to the needy in Paris.  He currently teaches Zen at the Dana Zen Center at Montreuil, suburban Paris, and regularly leads retreats in France and Catalonia, Spain. He is also a professional translator.

Bernie Glassman, USA. Zen Master Bernie Glassman is a world-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement. He is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is the founder of the Zen Peacemakers.  Bernie has spent decades teaching Zen and working in Socially Engaged Buddhism, he is now concentrating on nurturing the Zen Peacemaker Order and developing Bearing Witness Retreats.

 

Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt, USA. Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and a dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman. He started studying with Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 1971 serving as Board Chairman there from 1987 to 1997. After the passing of Maezumi Roshi in 1995, he worked closely with Bernie and started serving full time as Executive Director of the Peacemaker Community in early 1997. He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Wharton school of the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA in finance. Feeling that his path was to unfold from a lay perspective, he pursued a professional career in real estate and finance forming Western Property Research, a real estate consulting firm that operated from 1984 to 1997. He has two sons, John and Parker. Baptized as a Congregationalist and raised as a Presbyterian, his interfaith studies have led him to explore Native American traditions and Sufi Muslim practices. Further interfaith plunges will include Jewish and Catholic retreats.

 

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Roshi Joan Halifax, USA.  Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

She has worked in the area of death and dying for forty five years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying.

For the past thirty years, she has been active in environmental work. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism.

She is Founder of the Upaya Prison Project that has developed programs on meditation for prisoners. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation, was an Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress, and has taught in many universities, monasteries, and medical centers around the world.

She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.

 

Amy Hollowell Sensei, USA, France.  The Zen teacher and poet Amy (Tu es cela) Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in extended exile in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist and translator there.

She met her Zen teacher, Catherine (Genno) Pagès Roshi, in 1993 and with several other students helped Genno Roshi create the lay Zen community Dana Sangha and its practice center in Montreuil, a suburb of Paris, in 1994.

In 2004, Amy formally received dharma transmission from Genno Roshi, becoming a successor in the White Plum branch of Zen that was brought to the West from Japan by Taizan Maezumi Roshi, founder of the Zen Center of Los Angeles. That same year, Amy Sensei founded the Wild Flower Zen Sangha as a home without walls for those who wish to discover the Buddha’s ancient teachings here and now, in the midst of their everyday lives in the West at the dawn of the 21st century.

She has long been a staff editor at the International Herald Tribune and her translations include works by Georges Bataille, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Bonnefoy, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Yasmina Khadra, Catherine Millot and Matthieu Ricard. Named one of the leading English-language poets in France by The Café Review and Ekleksographia, her poetry has appeared in numerous publications in Europe and the United States. She is a former student of the writing program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, founded by Chogyam Trungpa in Boulder, Colorado.

She leads meditation retreats and Zen workshops in France and Portugal and also teaches online at her blog,  zenscribe.ovh.org.

 

Sandra Jishu Holmes, USA.  Sandra Jishu Holmes was born in Oakland, Calif.  She received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University in 1976. After meeting Bernie Glassman in 1982, she devoted herself to Zen Buddhist study and practice. She became a Zen priest in 1983 and, in 1994, a teacher.

With Bernie Glassman, Sandra Jishu Holmes co-founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, and the Zen Peacemaker Order.  She passed away in 1998.

 

Andrzej Getsugen Krajewski, Poland.  Andrzej Getsugen Krajewski is the head teacher of the Zen Peacemakers of Poland and co-organizer of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat.

Born 1939 with strong wanderlust. Graduated Faculty of Philosophy at Warsaw University to spend some lazy years on traveling foot.  Active with the political opposition in Poland during the Marshal Law of the 1980s.

Writer and literary translator (from Swedish to Polish.) He began practicing Zen with Dae Soen Sa Nim in 1980 and in 1983 continued his Zen practice with Genpo Roshi.  Since 35 years married to Malgosia Braunek, successful actress and zen teacher.  Since 1997 he has studied with Roshi Bernie Glassman and received Inka from Bernie in Aug 4, 2015.  He claims to – sometimes – attain the beginner’s mind. Andrzej has been co-organizing the Auschwitz-Birkenau Retreats since their start in 1996.

 

roberto_manderRoberto Mander, Italy. Roberto Mander is 62 years old (2014) and started practicing meditation in the Eighties, after more than ten years of commitment in the Italian extreme left wing.

In 1996 with some friends he gave birth to an association called La rete di indra. Its aim was to promote the practice of mindfulness among those working in the caring professions or with volunteer organizations. It lasted until 2005 when they decided that that experience was over. Since then it has been up to each of them to find new ways for learning how to bear witness to life as a whole.

In 1994 he first met Bernie in Auschwitz and was in Paris when ZPO Europe was established. He has worked as a psychotherapist since 2010 and also works in palliative care with the Ryder Italia, an association for home care.

 

eve_markoRoshi Eve Myonen Marko, USA., Israel. Roshi Marko is a dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman and a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Through her numerous writings and her role as one of the leaders of the Order’s annual bearing witness retreats at Auschwitz-Birkenau, she has made the teachings of Zen in the areas of peacemaking and love accessible to a broad audience.

Roshi Eve Myonen Marko 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.

 

egyoku_nakaoRoshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao, USA. Roshi Nakao is the Abbot and Head Teacher of the Zen Center of Los Angeles/ Buddha Essence Temple and a Founding Teacher of the ZPO.

Egyoku’s root teacher was Taizan Maezumi Roshi with whom she trained for seventeen years. She received Dharma Transmission in 1996 and Inka in 2004 from Roshi Bernie Glassman, her current teacher. Egyoku is a Zen Priest and certified teacher in the White Plum Sangha Zen Peacemaker lineage and the Soto Zen tradition.

In 1999, Egyoku was installed as the Abbot of ZCLA, the founding temple of the White Plum Lineage. Her teaching style is rooted in the many streams flowing through her teachers, including koan training, sesshin, ceremonies, councils and circles, and the core trainings of the Zen Peacemakers. She has evolved a style of practice and leadership called Shared Stewardship based on Collective Awakening and Wisdom.

Egyoku is co-editor with Eve Marko of Taizan Maezumi’s Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen (Shambhala) and has contributed her writings to various publications.

 

enkyoRoshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, USA.  Roshi O’Hara is the Abbot of Dotoku-ji / Village Zendo.  She is a Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in the Soto tradition, having studied with John Daido Loori Roshi of Zen Mountain Monastery and Taizan Maezumi Roshi of the Zen Center of Los Angeles/Zen Mountain Center.  She is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order.

In 1997 she received Shiho (dharma transmission) from Roshi Bernie Glassman and in June, 2004, she received inka from him in an empowerment ceremony held at the Mother House of the Zen Peacemaker Family in Montague, Ma.

 

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Roshi Catherine Genno Pagès, France.  Roshi Pagès was born near Grenoble, France, and lived for much of her youth in Paris. After studying art history at the Sorbonne, she pursued a career in various Parisian galleries and museums.

Beginning in 1978, she began traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, India and Nepal, where she first encountered the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and began practicing in that tradition.

Upon returning to Paris in 1982, she met the American Zen master Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, who became her teacher. For the next 10 years, she practiced Zen with him in Europe and America, and after completing her formal koan study, she received transmission from him in 1992. On January 16th, 2005, her teacher gave her the final seal of approval (“inka” in Japanese).

She teaches the practice of “just sitting” (shikantaza) and koan practice.

 

Paul Shoju Schwerdt, Germany. Der Leiter des Bambushain-Sangha ist Paul Shoju Schwerdt. Der Psychotherapeut, Designer und Kampfkunstlehrer beschäftigt sich mit Zen Paul Shoju Schwerdtseit rd. 35 Jahren, lernte in dieser Zeit bei verschiedenen Meistern, legte 1992 Jukai (die buddh. Gelübde) ab, wurde 1998 in Hangzhou vom damaligen Abt des Jingci-Tempels He Nan zum zenbuddhistischen Priester ordiniert, im Jahr 2000 in Jerusalem zum Spiritholder des damaligen internationalen Zen-Peacemaker-Ordens ernannt. Ab 2002 leitete er als Direktor des Zen Peacemaker Ordens, später Zen Peacemaker Circle für Europa diese Gemeinschaft. 2004 ernannte Bernard Glassman Roshi ihn zu seinem Dharmahalter, 2005 wurde er im Wudanggebirge/V.R. China von Meister Xude in die daoistische Quanzhen-Linie eingeführt.

2006 begründete er den Bambushain-Sangha und eröffnete im Februar 2008 den Zhulinci-Tempel. Paul Shoju Schwerdts Anliegen ist es, Zen/Chan sowohl einer Tradition und Lehre entsprechend, als auch zeitgemäße Werkzeuge und Hilfsmittel nutzend, zu vermitteln.

 

Roshi Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, Switzerland.  Roshi Wegmüller was born in 1952, growing up in a socially engaged family. She is married with Roland Wegmueller and mother of five grown-up children. The couple has three grand children and lives with the big family and several family pets near Berne, Switzerland. From 1990 to 2001 Barbara practiced meditation and dream work with Annette Kaiser in the lineage of the Sufi teacher Irina Tweedie. 1999 Barbara met her teacher, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, and from him she got her Dharma name Salaam. He made her a Zen Peacemakers Circle Dharmaholder and recognized her as a Sensei in his lineage on April 24. 2011.  On October 30, 2015 Roshi Bernie recognized her as a Roshi in his lineage.

After studying with Roshi Eve Marko, Barbara got from her transmission as a Lay Preceptor of Zen Peacemakers. Additionally Barbara studied Tibetan practices with Tsultrim Allione. Since 2005 she has also been part of the group of Spiritholders at the Retreat in Auschwitz Birkenauau. She offers Zen Retreats, workshops and weekly zazen in the Spiegel Sangha in Switzerland.

She was for many years a member of the advisory board of the Zen Peacemakers and currently part of the board of Zen Peacemakers International.

Barbara offers trainings for Stewards of the Zen Peacemakers Circles in Europe and workshops about the Mandala of the five Buddha families including the method of council.

An important part of her social engagement lies in the support for refugees in her home country. The intercultural women circles, offered in the Sangha, are very close to her heart. As a member of Peacemaker Gemeinschaft Switzerland she is happy to offer networking for peace activists around the world, and supports several projects.

For many years she has been involved in interfaith dialog. As a married woman, mother and grandmother, her main focus is working with lay students on family life and relationships, as well as teaching social engagement as spiritual practice.

 

Sensei Roland Yakushi Wegmüller, Switzerland.  Sensei Wegmüller is a dharma successor of Bernie Glassman. From 1982 to 1985 he lived in West Africa where he became connected to African rituals, and in the early eighties he received initiations as a shaman. Between the years of 1990 and 2000, he pursued meditation and dream-work in the Sufi Lineage of Irina Tweedie. Since 1999, he has studied Zen with Bernie Glassman, Eve Marko and Genro Gauntt. Roshi Eve Marko gave him transmission as a Lay Preceptor of the Zen Peacemakers and Roshi Bernie recognized him in April 24, 2011 as a Sensei in his lineage. Since 2003, he has been the President of the Peacemaker Gemeinschaft Schweiz. He and his wife, Barbara Salaam, lead the Spiegel Sangha in Berne.