Zen Peacemaker Order Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThis Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemaker Order involved in Meditation and Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s activities which bring him to different parts of the world touched by war, poverty and genocide including relevant articles from the fields he is going to. Also included are Bernie’s teachings and opinions.  We warmly invite you to join the conversation. Leaders of the Zen Peacemaker Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Zen Peacemaker Order Mailing List

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you for signing up to the Zen Peacemaker Order Mailing List. You will soon begin to receive it. With any questions, please write to [email protected]

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Black Elk Still Speaks 

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Dharma Talks | 7 comments

Black Elk Still Speaks 

Image Courtesy of SHEPARD FAIREY/OBEYGIANT.COM AND AARON HUEY   Two Weeks Left to Register for 2015 Native American Bearing Witness Retreat   From a talk given at the Green River Zen Center on June 16, 2015 by Eve Marko In the book Black Elk Speaks, Black Elk described how, at the age of nine, he had a powerful vision and was told by the great Thunder Beings to share this vision with his tribe. Afraid and unsure of himself, he was miserable for the next eight years: “A terrible time began for me then and I could not tell...

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Dharma Talk: The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 2 comments

Dharma Talk: The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be.

Living a Life that Matters #3:  The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be. By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 7th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris. Photo by Rami Efal, of Muslim prayer rugs in Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina May 2015 during a planning visit for the Bosnia Bearing Witness retreat in Srebrenica.   Eve:  Good evening. This is our last evening. In our first talk,  I started off by asking the...

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Four Weeks to Black Hills

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 6 comments

Four Weeks to Black Hills

“What we would like you to do is to pray. Come and pray with the Lakota. Come and pray with us, for the Lakota, for ourselves, for us, and for this earth.” - Lakota Elder and Bearing Witness Retreat Spirit Holder In this rare event the Lakota Elders have invited all those who wish to come and bear witness at the sacred Black Hills to the present day expressions of the genocide and suffering of the Native Americans in the United States of America. We are entering the last month of preparation to the Zen Peacemaker Order Bearing Witness Retreat...

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Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Reflections | 0 comments

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko When I think of our time in Srebrenica, it’s not the gravestones I remember, rows and rows of white obelisks dotting long grassy mounds climbing halfway up the surrounding hills, nor the slanting walls of names that glittered even under gray skies. Nor is it the gorgeous forested mountains, the Dinaric Alps covered with beech and pine and reminding me of Switzerland, through which we drove to get down to the memorial commemorating a massacre of over 8,300 people. In fact, when Hasan Hasanović invited us to join him...

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Everything and Nothing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 1 comment

Everything and Nothing

Living a Life that Matters #2: Everything and Nothing By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 6th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris Bernie: A long time ago, in a far away place, there was nothing. And that nothing included everything. And all of a sudden, instantaneously, in no time, there was a BIG BANG! And that Big Bang spread, it started to spread that nothing (or that everything) throughout space and time, which didn’t exist. So it’s a fantastic phenomenon—especially if...

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A Vision of Peace and a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Reflections | 2 comments

A Vision of Peace and a  Bearing Witness Retreat  in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Fr. Bob Maat is an American Jesuit and trained physician’s assistant who went to Cambodia upon finishing seminary, thinking to serve there for 3 months and then return. He never left Cambodia. He learned the Khmer language and proceeded to make that country his home, working for years with refugees and survivors of landmines, living among impoverished villagers for whom violence and suffering had been a way of life as long as they could remember. Often he joined the pilgrimages of the Cambodian Buddhist saint, Mahaghosananda, who would walk...

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ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

The Green, greys, purples and terracotta of the Trebevic mountains greeted the ZPO planning group that visited Bosnia in preparation for the Bosnia Bearing Wintess Retreat (May 9-13, ‘16). These mountains overlook Sarajevo from where the group has gone on a trip to Srebrenica, Tusla and Sanski Most, and bore witness to graffiti-ornate remains of military posts, stories of loss and livelinesss and the complexity of “The Jerusalem of Europe”. We’ll share more as the retreat takes form. (Pictured above Sensei Frank De Waele, of Ghent Zen Sangha,...

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Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

KADDISH (Recited at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in various languages.)   May the Great Name whose Desire gave birth to the universe Resound through the Creation Now. May this Great Presence rule your life and your day and all lives of our World. And say, Yes. Amen.   Throughout all Space, Bless, Bless this Great Name, Throughout all Time.   Though we bless, we praise, we beautify, we offer up your name, Name That Is Holy, Blessed One, still you remain beyond the reach of our praise, our song, beyond the reach of all...

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Two Months to Black Hills

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 16 comments

Two Months to Black Hills

First nations around the world have lost their lands, languages, and ways of life at the hands of American and European colonialists pursuing an agenda of domination, genocide, theft, and the elimination of indigenous cultures and identities. Entire nations have vanished. This catastrophe is not just theirs; it belongs to all humans, and to the earth itself, for it has been succeeded by the calamitous loss of animals and plants, and the specter of global warming. What does it say about us and our separation from this earth? What does it say...

read more

Zen Peacemaker Order Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThis Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemaker Order involved in Meditation and Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s activities which bring him to different parts of the world touched by war, poverty and genocide including relevant articles from the fields he is going to. Also included are Bernie’s teachings and opinions.  We warmly invite you to join the conversation. Leaders of the Zen Peacemaker Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Zen Peacemaker Order Mailing List

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you for signing up to the Zen Peacemaker Order Mailing List. You will soon begin to receive it. With any questions, please write to [email protected]

read more

Black Elk Still Speaks 

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Dharma Talks | 7 comments

Black Elk Still Speaks 

Image Courtesy of SHEPARD FAIREY/OBEYGIANT.COM AND AARON HUEY   Two Weeks Left to Register for 2015 Native American Bearing Witness Retreat   From a talk given at the Green River Zen Center on June 16, 2015 by Eve Marko In the book Black Elk Speaks, Black Elk described how, at the age of nine, he had a powerful vision and was told by the great Thunder Beings to share this vision with his tribe. Afraid and unsure of himself, he was miserable for the next eight years: “A terrible time began for me then and I could not tell...

read more

Dharma Talk: The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 2 comments

Dharma Talk: The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be.

Living a Life that Matters #3:  The Good, The Bad and the Different: It Ain’t What It Seems to Be. By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 7th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris. Photo by Rami Efal, of Muslim prayer rugs in Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina May 2015 during a planning visit for the Bosnia Bearing Witness retreat in Srebrenica.   Eve:  Good evening. This is our last evening. In our first talk,  I started off by asking the...

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Four Weeks to Black Hills

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 6 comments

Four Weeks to Black Hills

“What we would like you to do is to pray. Come and pray with the Lakota. Come and pray with us, for the Lakota, for ourselves, for us, and for this earth.” - Lakota Elder and Bearing Witness Retreat Spirit Holder In this rare event the Lakota Elders have invited all those who wish to come and bear witness at the sacred Black Hills to the present day expressions of the genocide and suffering of the Native Americans in the United States of America. We are entering the last month of preparation to the Zen Peacemaker Order Bearing Witness Retreat...

read more

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Reflections | 0 comments

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko When I think of our time in Srebrenica, it’s not the gravestones I remember, rows and rows of white obelisks dotting long grassy mounds climbing halfway up the surrounding hills, nor the slanting walls of names that glittered even under gray skies. Nor is it the gorgeous forested mountains, the Dinaric Alps covered with beech and pine and reminding me of Switzerland, through which we drove to get down to the memorial commemorating a massacre of over 8,300 people. In fact, when Hasan Hasanović invited us to join him...

read more

Everything and Nothing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 1 comment

Everything and Nothing

Living a Life that Matters #2: Everything and Nothing By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 6th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris Bernie: A long time ago, in a far away place, there was nothing. And that nothing included everything. And all of a sudden, instantaneously, in no time, there was a BIG BANG! And that Big Bang spread, it started to spread that nothing (or that everything) throughout space and time, which didn’t exist. So it’s a fantastic phenomenon—especially if...

read more

A Vision of Peace and a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Reflections | 2 comments

A Vision of Peace and a  Bearing Witness Retreat  in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Fr. Bob Maat is an American Jesuit and trained physician’s assistant who went to Cambodia upon finishing seminary, thinking to serve there for 3 months and then return. He never left Cambodia. He learned the Khmer language and proceeded to make that country his home, working for years with refugees and survivors of landmines, living among impoverished villagers for whom violence and suffering had been a way of life as long as they could remember. Often he joined the pilgrimages of the Cambodian Buddhist saint, Mahaghosananda, who would walk...

read more

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

The Green, greys, purples and terracotta of the Trebevic mountains greeted the ZPO planning group that visited Bosnia in preparation for the Bosnia Bearing Wintess Retreat (May 9-13, ‘16). These mountains overlook Sarajevo from where the group has gone on a trip to Srebrenica, Tusla and Sanski Most, and bore witness to graffiti-ornate remains of military posts, stories of loss and livelinesss and the complexity of “The Jerusalem of Europe”. We’ll share more as the retreat takes form. (Pictured above Sensei Frank De Waele, of Ghent Zen Sangha,...

read more

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

KADDISH (Recited at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in various languages.)   May the Great Name whose Desire gave birth to the universe Resound through the Creation Now. May this Great Presence rule your life and your day and all lives of our World. And say, Yes. Amen.   Throughout all Space, Bless, Bless this Great Name, Throughout all Time.   Though we bless, we praise, we beautify, we offer up your name, Name That Is Holy, Blessed One, still you remain beyond the reach of our praise, our song, beyond the reach of all...

read more

Two Months to Black Hills

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 16 comments

Two Months to Black Hills

First nations around the world have lost their lands, languages, and ways of life at the hands of American and European colonialists pursuing an agenda of domination, genocide, theft, and the elimination of indigenous cultures and identities. Entire nations have vanished. This catastrophe is not just theirs; it belongs to all humans, and to the earth itself, for it has been succeeded by the calamitous loss of animals and plants, and the specter of global warming. What does it say about us and our separation from this earth? What does it say...

read more