Inspire Us – Request for Blog Writings

INSPIRE US! Do you have a story to share in the spirit of the Zen Peacemakers and the Three Tenets? Consider writing for the Zen Peacemakers Blog. We are constantly collecting stories, interviews, essays and reflections to share with our international community. Writing can be a great way to practice the three tenets, to re-enter a situation with no bias, to bear witness and explore the ingredients present and consider them from different perspectives. One expression of compassion is said to be “Give No Fear”, and writing can be a way to give, to share with others, fearlessly.

Please follow these guidelines and contact [email protected] with any questions:

Guidelines For ZPO Newsletter/Post Submissions:

  • Supply a Title
  • Flexible 500-2000 words
  • Among subjects to write about:
    • A recent ZPO retreat or training you been on; A bearing witness retreat, a street retreat, a plunge, a workshop, a training program.
    • Experiences with ZPO practices,
    • Your work;
    • Your volunteer experience;
    • Your relationship with others and the environment.
  • In the content please refer to the Zen Peacemakers’ Three-Tenets through your own personal experience; what happened that brought them to life? What questions arose for you?
  • Consider writing as if sharing in Council:
    • Write spontaneously and write from the heart. Focus on observations of circumstances and distinguish these from your experience of your thoughts, feelings and values. Consider sharing what will contribute to you, what will contribute to others and to the world. Stay with your own experience, and refrain from addressing named others’ opinion.
    • Write lean and drop to essence. Please refrain from teaching and theorizing extensively.
    • Waive confidentiality; expect your words to be shared with everyone.
  • All languages accepted – please provide an English translation which will be featured first (if you need a translator, please request one from Rami or on the ZPO Members Facebook group)
  • 1 or more photographs relating directly to the content, hi-resolution, legal and with permission stated.
  • Credit line for the photographs
  • A short bio about the author(s)
  • Openness to conversation around edits. ZP may use your submission in full or in part.
  • Not all submissions will be used for various reasons or constrictions.
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  1. Troy Linthicum

    I would really like to hear of the stories,personal growth and learning from the ZPO top management and executive officers. What is the soul,struggle and personal insights/heart of the silent leaders of the ZPO? We hear often from those Roshi active across the U.S.,but what about those that go unnoticed that keep ZPO functioning? It would be easy to gather testimony from those receiving. Pilgrims plant new trees for the loggers,but what is the view from up in the trees,what do the loggers feel,think and who are they really? I have followed each new ZPO entry for the past few years and have noticed the Stories slowly evolve from moving-thought-evoking lessons,deeply pleasing-to now journalistic narratives of national events. The soul slipped out the back door…as if the members involved in the deep events of ZPO-now carry the passion. The blog and entries I get now are bland,grayware reportings within the larger corporate machine. So I turn the faded parchment around for you to see…”are the members and followers here to serve the new corporate model of ZPO or is the point and legacy of ZPO to inspire…them…inspire the world. The Orange robed monk now holds the tattered scroll in his ancient hands…trembling he raises it up to the eye level of the young corporate suit with a man bun. The young man says,”Old man tell me a story!…Something I can market, you know the shrine margins are down” The wise master lifting his life’s work-points a gnarled finger at one small phrase, “Inspire…Me!!!

    • Rami Efal

      Dear Troy, My name is Rami Efal and I am the executive director of Zen Peacemakers. Would you like to get on the phone together? I’ll be interested to understand better your request. You may call 413.367.4090 or send me your phone number and best time to connect after Monday 4/24. Thank you for following us all these years, I and Zen Peacemakers are grateful for our supporters such as yourself.

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  3. Anita Kline

    Every once in a while a poem appears to me out of my experience of bearing witness with the Peacemakers at Auschwitz and in the Black Hills. Do you see any role for poetry or other “creative writing” in the blog?

  4. Jessie Zelisko

    Hi Anita,

    Thank you for the wonderful question! The answer is YES. Creative writing can be a powerful way to share and process your experience during Zen Peacemakers’ Bearing Witness Retreats. We welcome all submissions; they may be presented in video, poetry, visual, essay, or any other creative form. If we find they align with our blog’s purpose, we will be happy and honored to share them with our greater community. We look forward to receiving your poems and stories!

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