Polyspire is a publishing imprint created in 2003 by Clark Hanjian. The name is inspired by this Irving Amen woodcut. The Polyspire list includes:


Core Buddhist Practices for Working with Conflict

By Clark Hanjian
A resource for Buddhist chaplains and teachers, prepared as a thesis for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Zen Center.
Summary Handout (4 pages)
Thesis (92 pages)

Satyagraha and the Inner Life

By Clark Hanjian
A series of reflections and quotes considering how our inner lives are tied to the work of nonviolent conflict resolution and social change.
Corner-Stapled Handout (52 pages) formatted for online reading and standard printing
Saddle-Stitched Book (52 pages) formatted for double-sided printing

The Sovrien: An Exploration of the Right to Be Stateless

By Clark Hanjian
• Book (283 pages), click here for abstract, table of contents, and download options
My Experiment with Being Stateless (2 pages) is a realted personal essay


DMZ Essays

Brief articles on militarism and pacifism by Clark Hanjian.

Reconsidering Militarism  (A look at the definition, benefits, and costs of militarism, including 10 critical questions.)

A Pacifist Primer  (An overview of the analysis, intentions, methods, and training that are central to being a pacifist.)

A Necessary Evil  (Militarism is commonly regarded as a necessary evil. If this classification seems correct, why does it make us so uneasy?)

The Notion of Civilian  (In this heavily militarized society, we are all military. There are no civilians.)

The Last Resort  (Three reasons why we should abandon the myth that militarism is our system of last resort.)

Between Tragedies  (Some things we might consider in the space between gun tragedies.)

Memorial Day Choices  (We can separate the act of remembering our loved ones from the act of promoting militarism.)

Sticks or Stones  (All weapons are the same: they all backfire and they are all weapons of mass destruction.)

The Failure of Military Force  (Written one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this essay responds to the widespread call for war.)

The Steamroller  (Published prior to the US invasion of Iraq, this essay considers the steamroller mindset that presses forward to war.)


Daily Life

By Clark Hanjian
This poster illustrates how we cultivate burden and discontent, and how we cultivate ease and freedom.
Color Poster (11x17 inches)
Black & White Poster (11x17 inches)

Jabberwocky: A Brief History of the Martha’s Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp

By Clark Hanjian
Book (75 pages)

War Tax Resistance at a Glance

By Clark Hanjian (March 1997)
Edited & Published by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (Rev. June 2018)
Concise answers to frequently asked questions about conscientious refusal to pay taxes that finance war or militarism.
Booklet (23 pages)

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