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The Zen Peacemakers Blog is dedicated and committed to providing news, reflections, essays and interviews to support, inspire and inform spiritual practitioners and social activists, off high-quality content by our global network of Zen Peacemaker Order members and allies to the Zen Peacemakers.

بَحِبِّك This Says I Love You: U.S. Couple Addresses Islamophobia with Dialogue and Artivism

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Inter-Faith, Justice & Activism, Non-Violence, Opportunities for Action, Peace, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Refugee, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

بَحِبِّك This Says I Love You: U.S. Couple Addresses Islamophobia with Dialogue and Artivism

Married U.S. couple and co-founders of the Bahebak Project, Azzam, a Muslim Palestinian, and Anna, a Jewish American, speak about their work transforming fear to love. Through the Bahebak Project, they create grassroots community support networks to provide emergency assistance to Syrian refugees, respond to Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Prejudice with dialogue and artivism, and engage in peace-building across difference in the United States and Middle East.

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Scenes of Domestic Bliss: Eve and Bernie, April 2017

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Reflections | 0 comments

Scenes of Domestic Bliss: Eve and Bernie, April 2017

Eve narrates the early April scenes of “domestic bliss” taking place in Eve and Bernie’s household in Montague, Massachusetts. She shares the intimate micro-moments of the everyday, and in so doing, shows how Bernie is continuing to heal with much hilarity and spunk.

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The Path of Solidarity

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Justice & Activism, Non-Violence, Peace, Reflections, Refugee, Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

The Path of Solidarity

“By letting go of who we imagine ourselves to be and cultivating a non-clinging heart, we can learn to accompany each other in an embodied way and live in community—and in dignity—with those with whom we suffer.” In the Path of Solidarity, Doshin Nathan Woods considers what it means to stand arm in arm as part of our Buddhist practice.

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Inspire Us – Request for Blog Writings

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blog, Opportunities for Action, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemakers | 3 comments

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.

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Pursuing Peace: Israeli Zen Peacemaker Reflects on Bridging Divides in Israel-Palestine

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, Inter-Faith, Justice & Activism, Non-Violence | 1 comment

Pursuing Peace: Israeli Zen Peacemaker Reflects on Bridging Divides in Israel-Palestine

At the beginning of March, Zen Peacemaker Order member Iris Katz presented at a full day workshop in Washington, DC as part of Save Israel-Stop the Occupation (SISO). In this post, Iris gives personal testimony about her role as an Israeli Jew in social movements to alleviate the suffering caused by the Israeli occupation. She discusses the complexities of patriotism, activism, community, and justice in an Israel Palestine context, and highlights the way of responsible Judaism as the vital work of bridging the deeply entrenched divides created by “us and them” frameworks.

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Making Peace: the World as One Body, a 2012 Dharma Talk by Roshi Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Bernie's Opinions, Blog, Dharma Talks, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Making Peace: the World as One Body, a 2012 Dharma Talk by Roshi Bernie Glassman

Roshi Bernie Glassman gave this series of dharma talks during a workshop at the Upaya Zen Center in August 2012 on non-duality, emptiness, and the three tenets of the Zen Peacemakers.

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Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Russell

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Death & Dying, Peace, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Russell

This post is another in the series “Flowers on the Edges of Graves” – reflections from 20 years of participants in the Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreats since 1996. In this post, Russell Delman writes a letter called “What Remains” about his experience during the 2016 Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat.

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Roshi Eve Marko’s Remarks on Bernie’s Sixty Year Journey

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bernie's Opinions, Blog, Dharma Talks, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers | 0 comments

Roshi Eve Marko reflects on Bernie’s Sixty Year Journey during a dharma talk given in Felsentor, Switzerland in July 2014.

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