ZPO Founding Teachers-USA


Bernie Glassman


Sandra Jishu Holmes

In 1997 a group gathered together 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 ZPO Co-Founders, Sandra Jishu Holmes and Bernie Glassman along with the Founding Teachers spent about one year refining the Precepts and creating the ZPO Rule.



genroRoshi 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.


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.

eve_markoRoshi Eve Myonen 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 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 is the Abbot of Dotoku-ji / Village Zendo.

Roshi Enkyo is a Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in the Soto tradition. She 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.