To each member and friend of Sweeping Heart Zen, and to every subscriber to this blog, thank you for your interest in the work of SHZ and for your generous support.
With a little encouragement from my friend Christopher King, I discovered Buddhism as a way of life in 1989. At the time, I was transitioning out of the Veteran Administration’s outpatient drug and alcohol program in Salt Lake City and I was looking for a practice to sustain me. I was looking for an approach to living that would help me stay sober, positive, healthy, and alive.
Bernie Glassman died on Sunday morning, November 4, in Massachusetts.
He was 79. Bernie was a highly innovative and unconventional Zen Teacher who had an outsized impact on how Zen was experienced in his generation and beyond. His freewheeling, compassion filled dharma teaching and spirit will be missed.