Memories of Maezumi Roshi

by Bernie GlassmanI first met Maezumi Roshi in 1963. At that time, he was a young Soto monk working in Los Angeles at Zenshuji under Sumi Roshi, then Sokan of North America. I attended a small zazenkai at Zenshuji. Although I had some familiarity with zazen, walking mediation was new for me. So I asked […]

Małgosia Braunek’s “Be” Foundation – Ukraine Update

Dear ZPI Friends Today 1 year passes since the Russian full-scale invasion on Ukraine. As many of you know already on February 27, the first transport of medical supplies collected by our Foundation, Sangha Kanzeon, Blyzkist collective and many friends set off from Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to Your amazing help, hearts, and support from the […]

Sister Mary 0’Sullivan: Gentle Sound

by Monika Jion Winkelmann   In these three months of November 2022-2023, Sister Mary, the third person so dear to me, has died. Those who met her, usually in the large foyer of the “Center for Dialogue and Prayer,” in Auschwitz, where the large, international Zenpeacemaker groups were housed, relaxed imperceptibly and smiled. Sister Mary […]

I kept showing up…

by Judith Haran   After staying at home for over two years during the pandemic with only a silent spouse and my cats, I was in desperate need of contact with the human race. I’d retired from my job as a psychiatrist in 2019. I had been on the ZPI mailing list for a long […]

Healing the Scars of History

Healing the Scars of History BY LINDSAY KYTE| FEBRUARY 9, 2023   Retreats are being held at Auschwitz, a former plantation, and a site where Indigenous people were massacred. Lindsay Kyte reports on how retreatants are finding freedom from their ancestral pain. Approximately a million people died at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau. It was the […]

Mourning the death of my friend Don Singer

Mourning the death of my friend Don Singer by Monika Winkelmann   Don Singer has died! I almost want to say that he died “suddenly and unexpectedly”. For me! For me, the death announcement came out of the blue. For himself maybe not at all, maybe he had seen it coming, the death, maybe sometimes […]


This Evening Gatha is chanted during a sesshin at the conclusion of each evening sitting. Let me respectfully remind you Life and death are of supreme importance Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost Each of us should strive to awaken, awaken Take heed, this night your days are diminished by one Do not […]

Poem from Ukraine

Bitburg – September 2022   Grandma Ida sent letters and money to her family in Poland ― or was it Ukraine? Until the letters came back stamped, Undelivered. The addressees had been delivered, and the entire town disappeared.   In Bitburg, last fall, her grandson paid a visit to the well festooned section of cemetery […]


To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group:   What is your mission? To nurture new definitions of community and the changing roles within, by celebrating the unique […]

Not Your Typical Rabbi: A Sit-down with Sensei Don Singer

Rabbi Don Ani Shalom Singer draws upon his Judaic roots and Eastern teachings to explore the wisdom of the heart. originally published by Linda Rubin. Click here Known as the Zen Rabbi because his teachings blend Hasidic tales and Zen stories called koans, Don Ani Shalom Singer is not your father’s rabbi. A Sensei who […]