Leaving Prison Behind: A Council Before I Go

Please join Roshi Eve Marko and Jared Seide, Exec Director of Center for Council, in a dynamic conversation about Leaving Prison Behind: A Council Before I Go. This new illustrated novella chronicles the journey of Ray, a fictionalized participant in a council-based program for incarcerated people.

Good Enough Faith

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard gives an interactive presentation on: Good Enough Faith Faith in the spiritual path is essential. In its many forms it sparks, sustains, and guides our practice—and yet, it need not be perfect. In this talk, Zuisei explores the practice of faith in four stages, showing that, in the end, all we need […]


warning: this video discussed racial violence The erection of the “Mothers of Gynecology” monument honors the sacrifice of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, the enslaved experimental subjects of the so-called “father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims. Michelle L. Browder (with Deborah Shedrick), Mothers of Gynecology, 2021, found metal objects and other media, roughly 15 feet high […]


This is the story of a boy who was born in post-war Germany, when the Holocaust was not talked about in schools and families. Going as a young pacifist to volunteer in Israel preceded by a visit to Auschwitz, he did not know what shock awaited him. Years later, already as a priest, he returned […]

Bearing Witness to the Suffering of the Forest

Building on Glassman rōshi’s groundbreaking work with bearing witness retreats, ZPI affiliate ‘Dharma of Trees’ has been working on a container for bearing witness to the suffering of the other-than-human and more-than-human worlds. As our attention today is drawn more and more painfully to the plight of the natural world, what might it mean to […]

A Gathering of Fools

A gathering of April fools, clowns, misfits and warm hearts. Our esteemed guests will bring love, light, and dee-light. Come expecting nothing! You will be likely to get it!

Turning Words

Hozan has a new book coming soon from Shambhala: Turning Words—Transformative Encounters. The path of engaged Buddhist practice flows like water, adapting to so many cultures, shaped by the richness and the sufferings encountered along the way. Hozan’s wish is to share even a little of this with the ZPI community, that we may find ways to support each […]

Jishu Memorial

25th Anniversary of ZPI Co-Founder Roshi Jishu Holmes’ Passing

Why New Jersey? The Lost Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson

In 1975 Peter Cunningham (KuKu) assisted the renowned French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson on a month-long exploration of The State of New Jersey. Peter will be showing the 40 yet unseen pictures approved by the Henri-Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris and reading his essay which explains the assignment’s joy and mystery. We will be joined by […]