The Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, the Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice, on The Way of Council, on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That is followed by the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. After the Retreat, on November 15, there is another one-day workshop, led by Jared Seide, evaluating the Effect of Council at the Retreat.
On June 11-12, 2015, there is a two-day workshop on Deepening the Practice of Council followed by a two-day workshop on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO), i.e., Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Loving Actions. This workshop will be taught by Bernie Glassman.
On November 7-8, 2015, Bernie will lead a two-day workshop on applying the Three Tenets of the ZPO to the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. This workshop is followed by the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. After the Retreat there will be a one-day workshop on Evaluation of the Retreat via the Three Tenets and how these Tenets can be integrated into our lives.
|Nov 8, 2014||1-Day Workshop on An Introduction to The Way of Council||Krakow, Poland|
|Nov 10-14, 2014||Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat||Auschwitz, Poland|
|Nov 15, 2014||1-Day Workshop on Effect of Council at Retreat||Auschwitz, Poland|
|Jun 11-12, 2015||2-Day Workshop: Council 2: Deepening the Practice: During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’||Greyston, Yonkers, NY|
|Jun 13-14, 2015||2-Day Workshop on ZPO 3 Tenets:Three Tenets of a Zen Peacemaker
Taking refuge and entering the stream of Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:
|Greyston, Yonkers, NY|
|Nov 7-8, 2015||2-Day Workshop on ZPO 3 Tenets at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat||Krakow, Poland|
|Nov 9-13, 2015||Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat||Auschwitz, Poland|
|Nov 14, 2015||1-Day Workshop on How 3 ZPO Tenets Were Manifested or Not-Manifested at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat||Auschwitz, Poland|
Entering the stream of Socially Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:
The Three Tenets serve as the foundation for the Zen Peacemakers’ work and practice. Using the Three Tenets as an orientation transforms service into spiritual practice. Specifically, these practices suspend separation and hierarchy, and open direct encounter between equals as the spirit and style of the services offered through Zen Houses.
Not-knowing drops our conceptual framework from very personal biases and assumptions to such concepts as “in and out” “good and bad” “name and form,” “coming and going.” Not-knowing is a state of open presence without separation.
In this state we can Bear Witness, the second Tenet, merging or joining with an individual, situation or environment, deeply imbibing their essence. From this intimate “knowing,” we can then choose an appropriate response to the person or situation, described as “taking loving actions,” our third Tenet. This gives rise to the holistic, integrated, wrap-around style of service projects inspired by Bernie’s vision.
In speaking about the Three Tenets as separate practices and phases of consciousness, we are making deference to the discriminating mind. They are actually a continual flow, each containing and giving rise to the others.