Zen Master Bernie Glassman, founder of the Zen Peacemakers, emerged from a traditional Zen Buddhist monastery-model practice to become a leading proponent of social engagement as spiritual practice. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer of Buddhism in the West and as a founder of Socially Engaged Buddhism and spiritually based Social Entrepreneurship. He has proven to be one of the most creative forces in Western Buddhism, creating new paths, practices, liturgy, and organizations to serve the people who fall between the cracks of society.
Ari Pliskin is a dedicated student of Socially Engaged Buddhism. In addition to participating in the Zen Peacemakers' Bearing Witness Retreats on the streets and at Auschwitz, Ari completed the Zen Peacemakers Residential Training. He currently lives at the ZP headquarters in Montague, Massachusetts where he serves as the assistant to Zen Master Bernie Glassman and editor of the Bearing Witness Blog. He studies Zen at the Montague Farm Zendo and is completing a yoga teacher training in the Iyengar tradition.