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.

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:

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

Małgorzata (Malgosia) Braunek, Roshi


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

Frank De Waele, Roshi


In 2002 Frank assisted the development of Dana Sangha Belgium, and on July 23, 2005 he received dharma transmission from Genno Roshi, becoming a Sensei in the White Plum Soto Zen line of the late Taizan Maezumi Roshi. In April 2011, Frank received dharma transmission from Bernie Glassman Roshi, becoming his dharma successor.

Michel Genko Dubois, Roshi


Michel Genko Dubois has practiced Zen since 1978. In 2007, he received Dharma Transmission from Genpo Merzel Roshi. He has also studied with Bernie (formerly Tetsugen) Glassman Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and Deshimaru Roshi, and received teachings from several Tibetan lamas. As well as a teacher within 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.

Bernie Glassman, Roshi


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.

Grover Genro Gauntt, Roshi


Genro 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 is a Roshi in the Zen Peacemaker lineage.

Joan Halifax, Roshi


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.

Amy Hollowell, Sensei

USA, France

he 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.

Sandra Jishu Holmes, Roshi


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, Roshi


Andrzej Getsugen Krajewski is the head teacher of the Zen Peacemakers of Poland and co-organizer of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat.
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. Andrzej has been co-organizing the Auschwitz-Birkenau Retreats since their start in 1996.

Roberto Mander


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.

Eve Myonen Marko, Roshi

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.

Wendy Egyoku Nakao, Roshi


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.

Catherine Genno Pagès, Roshi


Roshi Pagès was born near Grenoble, France, and lived for much of her youth in Paris. In 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 ``Inka,`` the final seal of approval.

Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Roshi


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.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.

Roland Yakushi WegmĂĽller, Roshi


Sensei WegmĂĽller 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. He and his wife, Barbara Salaam, lead the Spiegel Sangha in Berne.

Paul Shoju Schwerdt


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.

Barbara Salaam WegmĂĽller, Roshi


She met her teacher, Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1999 and was recognized as a Roshi in his lineage in 2015. Since 2005 she has been part of the group of Spiritholders at the retreat in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As well as facilitating the Spiegel Sangha in Switzerland, Barbara trains Zen Peacemakers Stewards, leads workshops on the Mandala of Five Buddha Families, and teaches the method of Council.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.