Opening Night

Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM - 10:15 PM
The Writers Guild Theater

An Evening You’ll Remember

Celebrating the Power of Compassion and Service…


A Tribute to Zen Master Bernie Glassman


Bernie Glassman 1939-2018

This influential Buddhist teacher was a pioneer of Zen in the West, and he blended his spiritual practice with a passion for social activism.

Bernie was one of the most creative forces in Western Buddhism, creating new paths, practices, and organizations to serve the people who fall between the cracks of society. He was a leader in the Socially Engaged Buddhism movement, and founder of Zen Peacemakers International. 

Opening Night Program:
Talks, Meditation, Film, Music & More

Learn and benefit from Bernie’s wisdom, compassion and tender humanity as we explore the incredible work of this revolutionary Buddhist teacher.

Opening Night Speakers:

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center of Santa Fe, NM
Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao
, Abbot of Zen Center of Los Angeles
Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara, Abbot of Village Zendo of New York City
Roshi Fleet Maull, Founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute
Peter Cunningham, Photographer and Zen Peacemaker
Moshe Cohen, Founder of Clowns Without Borders - USA
Rami Efal, Executive Director of Zen Peacemakers International

Opening Night Highlights Include a personal video tribute from actor Jeff Bridges (who will not be present). We will also show film footage of Jeff and Bernie working together while writing their book, The Dude and The Zen Master.

50% of Net Proceeds to Benefit Zen Peacemakers International