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Auschwitz is Full Of Voices, All Of Them Our Own: A 1996 Talk By Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness, Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Opinions, Blog, Dharma Talks, Featured, Inter-Faith, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Auschwitz is Full Of Voices, All Of Them Our Own: A 1996 Talk By Bernie Glassman

In this rare and recently recovered dharma talk, Roshi Bernie Glassman​ reflects on returning to Auschwitz exactly twenty years ago, just before departing for the 1997 Bearing Witness Retreat. With one month left before our twenty-second return, his words urge us, today, to join and bear witness.

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Full Moon Campers Society: Play and Burdens on the Streets of Helsinki

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Homelessness, Reflections, Street Retreats | 1 comment

Full Moon Campers Society: Play and Burdens on the Streets of Helsinki

HELSINKI, FINLAND: In September 2017 Zen Peacemakers spent four days begging for food and money, sleeping where they could, and plunging the rich history and present day of this fascinating city, using only the Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action, as their guides.

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An Endless River: Roshi Genro On Returning to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Ministries, Racism & Diversity, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

An Endless River: Roshi Genro On Returning to Auschwitz-Birkenau

With more than two decades of bearing witness practice at Auschwitz, Roshi Gauntt offers a brief, potent reflection on this Bearing Witness Retreat.

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The Horizon Greets You From Every Side: Reflection on 2017 Zen Peacemakers Week of Service, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Featured, Ministries, Native American, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

The Horizon Greets You From Every Side: Reflection on 2017 Zen Peacemakers Week of Service, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

In August of 2017, thirty non-Native American Zen Peacemakers conducted two weeks of programs as another step in a years-long-arc of developing relationship and appreciation with the Lakota of South Dakota. Both weeks were based on and held by the Three-Tenets of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action. This reflection is from a participant of our 1st week, in which volunteers were immersed in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation community where they constructed and helped rebuild community members’ homes.

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Come into Contact: A Berliner Supports Refugee Women with Circles of Peace

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Arts for Social Change, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Ministries, Racism & Diversity, Refugee, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemakers | 3 comments

Come into Contact: A Berliner Supports Refugee Women with Circles of Peace

German Zen Peacemaker Gabriele Blankertz supports resettled refugee women from Syria with facilitated community circles. “To be with what is going on now includes silence as well as talking and laughing and crying. It is deep healing work.”

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Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat 2017

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Featured, Inter-Faith, Ministries, Non-Violence, Peace, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat 2017

OSWIECIM, POLAND. Bernie Glassman and The Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 22nd year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat. Bernie Glassman began the annual Bearing Witness Retreats in 1996, with help from Eve Marko and Andrzej Krajewski. They have taken place annually every year since then. Much has been written about these annual retreats; at least half a dozen films have been made about them in various languages. They are multi-faith and multinational in character, with a strong focus on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action.

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Roshi Bernie Glassman Recognizes New Zen Masters 

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, News, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Roshi Bernie Glassman Recognizes New Zen Masters 

On July 25, Roshi Bernie Glassman gave Inka, recognition as Zen Master, to five of his long-time students.  Senseis Ken Tetsuji Byalin, Robert Sokan Lee, Francisco Genkoji “Paco” Lugoviña, Fleet Shinryu Maull, and Roland Yakushi Wegmüller all became Roshis.

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Summary Report on the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Summer Programs

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Featured, Ministries, Native American, News, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Summary Report on the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Summer Programs

In August of 2017, thirty non-native American Zen Peacemakers conducted two weeks of programs as another step in an years-long-arc of developing relationship and appreciation with the Lakota of South Dakota. Both weeks were based on and held by the Three-Tenets of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action…

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