About Zen Peacemakers

History

After completing two decades of Zen training with Taizan Maezumi Roshi and helping him in building the Zen Center of Los Angeles, Bernie Glassman led his Zen students in the 1980’s to create the Greyston Foundation a network of social business and services in Yonkers, NY. Today, Greyston is studied in business and social work schools as a model of conscious business and urban poverty reduction.  Zen Peacemakers has led thousands of participants through street retreats and the annual interfaith Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat. Through these and service projects in the United States, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, Zen Peacemakers has become a magnet for peacemakers of all backgrounds, consisting today of a network of 82 formal affiliates in 12 countries on 5 continents. Through this work, Bernie’s innovation, vision and inspiration have helped close the gap between what society is and what it could be.  The Zen Peacemakers maintained a motherhouse base in Montague, MA from 2003-2011, where they hosted a number of successful programs, including the first major Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.

Description

Zen Peacemakers means many things to many people. Today, the Zen Peacemakers is  supporting the vision and inspiration for Socially Engaged Buddhism throughout the world.

“Bernie has been the center of gravity for many of us and our projects. As a lover of people and a connector, he manifests the conditions for all of us to empower ourselves. He is the first to remind us that the power never comes from him, but rather through the undaunted capacity to forge ahead pioneering into unknown universes”. -Sensei Francisco Paco Lugoviña, senior Zen Peacemakers teacher.

First Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat 1995

 

Never predictable nor conventional, Bernie’s dynamic and visionary leadership has inspired many to experiment with new forms of practice and service over the years. In addition to the Greyston Foundation and Bearing Witness Retreats, many of these experiments have grown into substantial programs that have impacted the lives of thousands over many years. A small sample of programs whose founders identify as members of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha family and who cite Bernie as inspiration include:

Current Projects of the Zen Peacemakers

The Zen Peacemakers’ is currently focusing on:

  • Developing and administrating Bearing Witness Retreats around the world.
  • Nurturing the development of the Zen Peacemaker Order.
  • Supporting Bernie in doing workshops and giving talks at various locations in the USA and Europe.

Contact the Zen Peacemakers

email info[at]zenpeacemakers.org, phone 347.210.9556

Mailing Address: PO BOX 460 Sunderland, MA 01375