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Tetsugen Bernard Glassman

American Buddhist monk

Tetsugen Bernard Glassman is ...


Born 18 January 1939 in Brooklyn
Died 4 November 2018 in Springfield
Age 79 years, 10 months
Cause cerebrovascular disease

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation author and writer

About Tetsugen Bernard Glassman

Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, the American Buddhist monk, was born on January 18, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a Zen master, social activist, and founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Glassman was a pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West and integrating it with social action.

Glassman was raised in a Jewish family and became interested in Buddhism in the 1960s. He studied under various Zen masters, including Maezumi Roshi, and became a Zen teacher himself. In 1980, he founded the Zen Community of New York, which later became the Zen Peacemaker Order.

Glassman was known for his work in social justice and activism. He was involved in the civil rights movement and protested against the Vietnam War. He also worked with the homeless and founded the Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, New York, which provided jobs and training for low-income individuals.

In 1996, Glassman founded the Zen Peacemaker Order, which focused on social action and humanitarian work. The organization has worked on projects around the world, including in Rwanda, Bosnia, and the United States.

Glassman was also a prolific author, with books including "Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters" and "Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace."

Glassman passed away on November 4, 2018, at the age of 79. His legacy lives on through the Zen Peacemaker Order and the many individuals he inspired to integrate spiritual practice with social action.


- "Tetsugen Bernard Glassman, Zen Master and Social Activist, Dies at 79" - The New York Times

- "Tetsugen Bernard Glassman" - Zen Peacemaker Order

- "Bernie Glassman" - Lion's Roar

- "Tetsugen Bernard Glassman" - Encyclopaedia Britannica

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