About DMZ

DMZ is the common abbreviation for a demilitarized zone, a place where we set aside the tools of coercion and harm so we can explore other tools that might serve us better.

DMZ is an independent project produced by Clark Hanjian. The mission of DMZ is to ease suffering in our world by cultivating the inner life and the practices of nonviolence.


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Providing chaplain support, helping others to navigate conflict, promoting satyagraha as a means of nonviolent social change, and encouraging demilitarization all require time to do well. Your gifts enable me to offer this time. Please note that your contributions are not tax-deductible. I have not sought corporate or tax-exempt status, believing that we should be bound by conscience, not by governmental regulations, rewards, or privileges. Thank you for your kind generosity.

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Clark is a Buddhist chaplain. He specializes in working with conflict, and is available to consult with individuals, organizations, and communities. Clark serves as a chaplain with Island Insight Meditation Community and at the Dukes County Jail and House of Correction. He also serves as a mentor to students in the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. He practices from an interfaith perspective with people of any tradition or belief.

Clark received his BA in Philosophy and Religion from Lycoming College, performed graduate studies at Wesley Theological Seminary, received a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution from Teachers College at Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. He is also an alumnus of the Lisle Fellowship/Gandhi Peace Foundation program in India.

Clark’s work over the years has centered on peace and nonviolence. Most recently, he cofounded Satyagraha Institute and served as the program's General Coordinator. He has provided organizational services for a variety of groups, including Amnesty International, War Resisters League, National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, Rabbis for Human Rights-NA, St. Francis Catholic Worker Community, The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and the National Conference on Nonviolence. He worked for seven years as a mediator in private practice, and he is the author of several publications, including Core Buddhist Practices for Working with Conflict (2019), Satyagraha and the Inner Life (2017), A Pacifist Primer (2004), and The Sovrien: An Exploration of the Right to Be Stateless (2003). For more information, visit dmzlab.org.


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