from the Springfield Republican

Jeff Bridges will speak at the Symposium on ending hunger

Often, when people picture devout Buddhists, they see images of bald-headed monks performing foreign rituals in east Asia.

But, Bernie Glassman, former aerospace engineer and founder and president of the Zen Peacemakers in Montague, is trying to change this perception with his organization’s presentation of the six-day, Socially-Engaged Buddhist Symposium, that starts Monday.

The event will honor Zen master and author Robert Aitken and other pioneers and promoters in this country of mindfulness practice including the well-known author and travel writer Peter Matthiessen, who is an ordained Zen priest, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

“Buddhism is about realizing that we are interconnected,” said Glassman. READ MORE

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