The current issue of Tricycle, the nation's leading Buddhist magazine, features a story on Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemaker order. Specifically the article is about Bernie's vision for Zen Houses. One of the Zen Houses will be ZPO's first venture into a rural setting - the Appalachian Zen House. This house will be coordinated by Kanji Ruhl, a Buddhist Minister ordained by ZPO. Part of his vision is to work with Ahimsa Village in the establishment of a small CSA farm run by local people and the expansion of Ahimsa's summer camp. Read the complete article (pdf).
Ahimsa Village is a newly forming intentional community near State College, PA. Ahimsa Village consists of residential and nonresidential members, an education center, and small business enterprises. Activities include agroforestry; organic farming; holistic therapy program for at-risk young people; a “green living” summer camp; and workshops and classes on sustainable systems. The living environment is both vegetarian and ecologically friendly. Ahimsa Village is part of a 323-acre School of Living community land trust.