Buddhist teachers respond to American Zen pioneer Bernie Glassman’s death

The prolific Zen teacher Bernie Glassman died Sunday morning in Massachusetts. A number of Buddhist teachers have taken to social media to share their appreciation for and memories of Glassman, a vibrant character who had a significant influence on American dharma.

Lilly Greenblatt
5 November 2018
Bernie Glassman. Photo by Kanzeon Zen Center via Wikimedia Commons.

Roshi Joan Halifax

Glassman empowered Roshi Joan Halifax, founder and Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, in 1999. A memorial service for Glassman will be held on November 14 at 5:30 PM at Upaya Zen Center, officiated by Halifax and Frank Ostaseski.

My beloved community at Upaya offered love to my teacher tonight. He died this morning, and am so grateful that good…

Posted by Joan Halifax on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Frank Ostaseski

Oh my Buddha….just got news of Bernie Glassman death this morning. Great being, teacher, friend and true…

Posted by Frank Ostaseski on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Rev. Tony Stultz

It is with great sadness I share that my teacher, Bernie Glassman, has passed on…please keep Bernie, his wife and our…

Posted by Anthony Stultz on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hozan Alan Senauke

Great Teacher Bernie Glassman passed away early this morning. Our debt to him and the reach of his tender humanity…

Posted by Alan Senauke on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Maia Duerr

Arrived at beautiful Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community to the sad news that Roshi Bernie Glassman died this morning. I…

Posted by Maia Duerr on Sunday, November 4, 2018

James Ishmael Ford

In recognition of his death, Ford published an appreciation of Glassman on Patheos.

I’ve just learned that Bernie Glassman died this morning. He was a signal figure in the establishment of our American…

Posted by James Ford on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mirabai Bush

Woke up still thinking about Bernie Glassman
EJ: ”when we were at Sivananda Retreat in the Bahamas and again last year at Bandara, he gave me one of his favorite cigars.”
Obit in Lions Roar:

Posted by Mirabai Bush on Monday, November 5, 2018

Koshin Paley Ellison

With appreciation and care, remembering Roshi Bernie Glassman on this day of his passing. #sotozen #whiteplumasanga

Posted by Koshin Paley Ellison on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Josh Korda

a major loss for the american buddhist community. I saw bernie several times over the years, at large activist events….

Posted by Josh Korda on Monday, November 5, 2018

Dan Zigmond

The great Zen master Bernie Glassman died today. I only met him once, in 1999, when I did a week-long retreat with him…

Posted by Dan Zigmond on Sunday, November 4, 2018

San Francisco Zen Center

Roshi Enkyo O’Hara

From our Roshi Enkyo O’Hara:

Our irascible, wise, humble and brilliant Zen Man has passed now into history.

We loved…

Posted by Village Zendo on Monday, November 5, 2018

For more on the life and teachings of Bernie Glassman, read his teachings on Lion’s Roar and this selection of related readings:

A selection of teachings by Bernie Glassman:

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