Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

The Zen Peacemakers is sponsoring a new training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY and the Zen Peacemakers to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a powerful tool to awaken to the oneness of life. This program will clarify the spiritual foundations of such a path and how they can be applied to one’s life and work.

It will take place at Greyston, in Yonkers, NY, and Bernie will use the Greyston Mandala as his main case study. Bernie will discuss the practical and visible applications of the Greyston model and participants will be given the opportunity for hands-on internships at the Greyston Bakery.

The program begins with a four-day workshop led by Bernie Glassman, from September 25-28, 2014. This workshop will include teachings and discussion on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers, the Five Energies used to structure the Greyston Mandala (including most importantly their practical applications), and Greyston’s own Pathmaking Program, a philosophy and path providing individuals with a foundation on which to build their own life path.

From Oct 2014 thru July 2015, participants will be divided into teams of 4 and each team will serve an internship at the Greyston Bakery for 3 weeks. These internships will be under the supervision of Greyston Bakery President and CEO, Mike Brady, Wharton business graduate and long time meditator. The purpose of the internships is to provide a hands on experience of working in a profitable company based on a spiritual practice.

The program will conclude with another four-day workshop led by Bernie Glassman, from July 29-August 2, 2015. Participants will be asked to evaluate their internship experience, including the following reflections:

  • To what extent did the Three Tenets manifest in Greyston’s structure and operations?
  • To what extent did the Five Energies manifest?
  • What worked and what didn’t?
  • Suggestions for change.

[Greyston staff will be on hand to listen to and address issues.]

Interested participants will be able to present their ideas for spiritually-based projects.

A final overview of spiritually-based action and social entrepreneurship will end the workshop.

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4/18/2014