The ZPO is sponsoring a 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 in 1982 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.
The Zen Peacemaker Order has opened the second cohort for the training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The ZPO has 3 main tenets, Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Doing the Actions that Arise From Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness. This training will explore these three tenets and how they infuse our Bearing Witness Retreats. This training also includes workshops on The Way of Council and attendance at the 2015 Auschwitz Retreat.