On Sunday, March 28, 2010, Sensei Eve Myonen Marko inducted Judith Myoki Brier as the third senior to the Montague Farm Zendo, the practice center of the Zen Peacemakers Mother House. . The ceremony finished a 4-day sesshin (Zen retreat), which in turn culminated a 62-day ango (winter practice intensive) in which Myoki served as head trainee. This milestone reflects the growth of a sangha that has come a long way since Sensei Eve sat the first sesshin alone in 2005. As we welcome people into the residence program (currently accepting applications), they will join in the robust community life of practice and service.
Drawing from her training and leadership at the Greyston Foundation and peace activism in her native Israel, Jordan and Palestine, Sensei Eve serves as the head teacher of the Montague Farm Zendo. As seekers wishing to train in Socially Engaged Buddhism in the Residence Training come and go from all over the world, the local sangha serves as a community bedrock, welcoming newcomers with hospitality and providing a stable presence in a shifting environment. The creative and progressive culture of the Pioneer Valley is a natural fit for the Zen Peacemakers' mission of social service. Local Peacemakers become an important part of ZP's international community, practicing together in the zendo and working side-by-side on service projects. Karen Werner, sociologist and Director of the Montague Farm Zen House is a resident of Montague who has been training in the zendo for four years.