A Brief on Zen

Zen Benefiel’s journey from adoption to awakening and discovering his life purpose is a tale of inner transformation and a deep connection to the greater cosmos. From a young age, Zen felt an inexplicable pull towards understanding the mysteries of existence and the interconnectedness of all life. His quest for knowledge led him to explore various spiritual traditions and philosophies, seeking answers to the profound questions that stirred within him.

One pivotal moment in Zen’s journey occurred during a meditation session, where he experienced a profound sense of oneness with the universe. He was 18, in a pre-Med program, and had prayed to know with ‘truth’ was and was willing to die for it just a few days earlier. This transcendent experience shattered the boundaries of his self-identity and opened his eyes to a new reality where everything is interconnected. It was a moment of awakening that illuminated his path and set the course for his life’s work.

Fueled by this newfound clarity, Zen dedicated himself to helping others awaken to their true potential and the interconnectedness of all life. He realized that his life purpose was not just about personal enlightenment but about fostering a global shift in consciousness. He hosted a TV show in the early 90s, One World, with over 120 shows exploring how others navigated inner and outer realities, the challenges the faced, and how they overcame them.

Zen’s work as a transformational life coach, author, speaker, and podcast host is driven by a deep desire to inspire individuals to embrace their authentic selves and to work together towards a harmonious and sustainable future. At 59, he married again, 30 years after his divorce, with 7 great grandchildren now from his previous marriage. His wife is a native from the USSR, a piano pedagogue who then became a Kundalini yoga teacher, meeting Zen at her graduation. They both agree it was a wonderful cosmic conspiracy that brought them together.


Founder of Planetary Citizens

Zen Benefiel is the visionary founder of Planetary Citizens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global unity and sustainability. His work as a transformational life coach, author, speaker, and creative producer is deeply rooted in the principles of harmony, personal development, and stewardship of the planet.

Zen’s literary contributions include several thought-provoking titles, such as ” ZERO to ONE: Making Our Way Toward a Conscious Civilization,” ” Navigating Holistic Growth: The Servant Leader’s Guide,” and ” The Unconventional Conventionalist: Coagulating Possibilites from Chaos” “ZERO to ONE,” delves into the intricacies of consciousness and societal transformation.

As the host of the ” One World in a New World” podcast, inspried by his wife, Zen engages in meaningful conversations with experts and leaders across various fields, exploring practical solutions for contemporary challenges, starting with the discovery of their inner awareness. Now approaching 150 podcasts and one million views on Youtube, it’s beginning to reach others. His role as Director of Operations for the  Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement and Foundation underscores his commitment to promoting peace, freedom, and sustainability. The latter’s mission is the calibrating Law to remove aggression.

Through his leadership in Planetary Citizens, Zen Benefiel continues to inspire individuals to become stewards of the planet and advocates for a harmonious and sustainable future. His multifaceted career is an example of dedication to personal growth, planetary well-being, and the creation of a more conscious and connected world. Zen’s journey is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the ripple effect it can have on the world. His story inspires us to seek our own inner awakening and to contribute to the collective evolution of consciousness, paving the way for a more united and peaceful planet.


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