In 1997,Â Co-FoundersÂ Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes assembled a group of American Buddhist teachers to develop theÂ ZPO Precepts. Â This group was called theÂ Founding TeachersÂ and consisted of Grover Genro Gauntt, Joan Jiko Halifax, Eve Myonen Marko, Wendy Egyoku Nakao, and Pat Enkyo Oâ€™Hara. Â The Co-Founders andÂ Founding Teachers then spent about one year refining the Precepts and creating the ZPO Rule.
In 2002 a group gathered in Europe to study together and to develop the European ZPO. This group was called theÂ Founding ZPO Teachers of EuropeÂ and consisted of Malgosia Braunek (Poland), Frank De Waele (Belgium), Michel DuBois (France), AmyÂ HollowellÂ (France), Andrzej Krajewski (Poland), Roberto Mander (Italy), Catherine PagĂ¨s (France), Paul Shoju Schwerdt (Germany), Barbara Salaam WegmĂĽller (Switzerland) and Roland Yakushi WegmĂĽller (Switzerland). Heinz-JĂĽrgen Metzger (Germany) joined this group shortly after.
Listed below are all the teachers who helped form the ZPO international sangha: