As many you have already heard the world has lost a great Bodhisattva and master. Bernie Tetsugen Glassman passed away yesterday. Roshi Bernie was Maezumi Roshi’s first Dharma Successor and the founder and creator of the Zen Peacemaker Order as well an influential Zen teacher. In January 2016, Bernie suffered a stroke, and was fighting cancer. He died Sunday morning in Massachusetts. He was 79.
Roshi Bernie has had a great influence and a wonderful effect on so many lives including my own. He was the reason that I stayed to study with Maezumi Roshi in 1972 because he embodied the ordinary as well as the extraordinary wise man. We had a very close relationship for many decades and I had the great fortune to visit Bernie and Eve this past September to say just how much I love and respect him and the great debt of gratitude I have for all that I received from him. The world has suffered a great loss and gained a great deal from this man from Brooklyn.