Bearing Witness Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThe Bearing Witness Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemakers Family involved in Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s Journey’s to the Field 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 Peacemakers Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Gathering of Zen Peacemakers Family in Paradise

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gathering of Zen Peacemakers Family in Paradise

March 5-8, 2015 Imagine this: Rolling waves, laughter, healthy food, yoga, relaxation, connection and friendship!  As well as evening Satsang (Indian term for dialogue between Teacher and Student) with Roshi Bernie And Roshi Eve. To those interested in learning more about the Zen Peacemakers Family and the Zen Peacemaker Order please join us in a wonderful setting to share, study, do yoga, relax and swim in the Caribbean. We are planning a Gathering at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island (www.sivanandabahamas.org) on March 5-8, 2015. You...

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Gloves4Gloves-Ebola Relief

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Contemplative Care, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gloves4Gloves-Ebola Relief

To date, thousands of individuals have lost their lives to Ebola and the World Health Organization projects many more.While cases are currently in several countries including the United States, the major threat still remains in West Africa. There are too few resources available in these highly affected countries to prevent and treat this disease. It is critical that we are able to identify the signs and symptoms of Ebola and can more effectively prevent its transmission. Everyone can do something to help. Nurses are at the forefront of care...

read more

One month left for Early Bird Discounted Fees

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

One month left for Early Bird Discounted Fees

For Native American Bearing Witness Retreat This retreat will focus on the American Indian genocide, oppression and neglect that began at the end of the fifteenth century and continues to this day.  A defining event of this era is the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890. Although hundreds of Native American tribes have been either eliminated, drastically reduced, moved or vastly traumatized, for many reasons, the Lakota / Dakota people of the western plains have gained a prominent position in the world psyche as a...

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The Wounding of the Native American Soul

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

The Wounding of the Native American Soul

In the early ’80s, a Lakota professor of social work named Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart coined the phrase “historical trauma.” What she meant was “the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations.” Another phrase she used was “soul wound.” The wounding of the Native American soul, of course, went on for more than 500 years by way of massacres, land theft, displacement, enslavement, then—well into the twentieth century—the removal of Native American children from their families to what were known...

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The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Native American | 0 comments

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men. Sand Creek was one of many assaults on American Indians during the war, from Patrick Edward Connor’s massacre...

read more

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness Ministry | 1 comment

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday night was our usual night at the barracks. On this evening before Friday, the last day of the retreat, it’s customary for us to return to Birkenau in the darkness and sit in one of the barracks by candle and flashlight. Years ago some of these vigils lasted till midnight and even all the way till morning. As we arrived at the main brick gate through which the train tracks tubed into the camp and directly to the sites of the crematoria, we went upstairs to the guard tower built above the gate. Here, looking out over their machine...

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Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

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Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

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Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

read more

Bearing Witness Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThe Bearing Witness Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemakers Family involved in Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s Journey’s to the Field 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 Peacemakers Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Gathering of Zen Peacemakers Family in Paradise

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gathering of Zen Peacemakers Family in Paradise

March 5-8, 2015 Imagine this: Rolling waves, laughter, healthy food, yoga, relaxation, connection and friendship!  As well as evening Satsang (Indian term for dialogue between Teacher and Student) with Roshi Bernie And Roshi Eve. To those interested in learning more about the Zen Peacemakers Family and the Zen Peacemaker Order please join us in a wonderful setting to share, study, do yoga, relax and swim in the Caribbean. We are planning a Gathering at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island (www.sivanandabahamas.org) on March 5-8, 2015. You...

read more

Gloves4Gloves-Ebola Relief

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Contemplative Care, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gloves4Gloves-Ebola Relief

To date, thousands of individuals have lost their lives to Ebola and the World Health Organization projects many more.While cases are currently in several countries including the United States, the major threat still remains in West Africa. There are too few resources available in these highly affected countries to prevent and treat this disease. It is critical that we are able to identify the signs and symptoms of Ebola and can more effectively prevent its transmission. Everyone can do something to help. Nurses are at the forefront of care...

read more

One month left for Early Bird Discounted Fees

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

One month left for Early Bird Discounted Fees

For Native American Bearing Witness Retreat This retreat will focus on the American Indian genocide, oppression and neglect that began at the end of the fifteenth century and continues to this day.  A defining event of this era is the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890. Although hundreds of Native American tribes have been either eliminated, drastically reduced, moved or vastly traumatized, for many reasons, the Lakota / Dakota people of the western plains have gained a prominent position in the world psyche as a...

read more

The Wounding of the Native American Soul

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

The Wounding of the Native American Soul

In the early ’80s, a Lakota professor of social work named Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart coined the phrase “historical trauma.” What she meant was “the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations.” Another phrase she used was “soul wound.” The wounding of the Native American soul, of course, went on for more than 500 years by way of massacres, land theft, displacement, enslavement, then—well into the twentieth century—the removal of Native American children from their families to what were known...

read more

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Native American | 0 comments

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men. Sand Creek was one of many assaults on American Indians during the war, from Patrick Edward Connor’s massacre...

read more

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness Ministry | 1 comment

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday night was our usual night at the barracks. On this evening before Friday, the last day of the retreat, it’s customary for us to return to Birkenau in the darkness and sit in one of the barracks by candle and flashlight. Years ago some of these vigils lasted till midnight and even all the way till morning. As we arrived at the main brick gate through which the train tracks tubed into the camp and directly to the sites of the crematoria, we went upstairs to the guard tower built above the gate. Here, looking out over their machine...

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

read more

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

read more

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

read more