Bernie Glassman was a Brooklyn-born Jew and an American Zen master.

An American Zen Master has died: An oral history of Roshi Bernie Glassman

Updated 5:16 PM ET, Thu December 6, 2018

(CNN)One of Bernie Glassman's favorite koans asks: Where do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole?

His answer seemed to be: You plunge.
Glassman, who died November 4 at age 79, was a Brooklyn-born Jew, a recognized Zen master, a Buddhist trailblazer, a restless mensch and a serial plunger.
Glassman plunged into aeronautical engineering,