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.

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

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Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Eve’s Remarks on Bernie’s 1st 20 Years of his 60 Year Journey in Zen: Zendo Practice So what we plan to do this afternoon is that I took some notes on Bernie’s talk, and I will try to kind of uncover from my experience some of the issues that he related to, and what you also brought up. OK? And you can also ask questions as you did for him. And then after the break, I’m going to ask Barbara Roland, and also Cornelius who’s here to do his retreat, but since he’s a teacher, maybe he also has questions that he wants to relate to from...

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Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 3 comments

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

At a meeting of the Stewards of Green River Zen Center on Monday, September 22, I introduced the topic of GRZC becoming a member group of the Zen Peacemaker Order. The Zen Peacemaker Order was originally created in 1996 by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes, along with a group of Founding Teachers. While Zen Peacemakers has always been a loose confederation of individual practitioners, teachers, Zen centers and circles, the Order was more structured, with training paths and commitments that individual members had to make,...

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Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Justice & Activism | 0 comments

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

“A rare first-hand account by an active participant in the radical underground movements … distinguished by the courage and painful honesty so critical in a memoir of this kind.” - Peter Matthiessen In her debut memoir, Coleman reveals an intimate account of her choice to join a revolutionary underground guerrilla cell in the 1970’s. This turbulent time in America has lessons for all of us in an age of domestic terrorism headlining the news today. What begins with her youthful idealism and intent to amend the “sins” of her blueblood ancestors...

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Roshi Malgosia Braunek’s Last Dharma Talk

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Teachers | 2 comments

Roshi Malgosia Braunek’s Last Dharma Talk

Translated from Polish by Andrzej Krajewski Master Shizan answered a student, that not-knowing is most intimate. For over a year this most intimate practice has been with me during every moment. I don’t have to try to remember it, anymore. True, in the beginning there was struggle and sometimes a sincere rebellion when everything has been changing from moment to moment and subsequent plans have been falling through or when thoughts have been arising, that I must know! whatever, at least how and how long this will go on. One cannot live in...

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Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Street Ministry | 1 comment

Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man

NYFF Report: Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man for ‘Time Out of Mind’   The next time you pass a panhandler on the street that looks like Richard Gere, pause and take a closer look because it may actuallybe Richard Gere. Earlier this year, the 65-year-old actor spent several weeks on the New York streets shooting Time Out of Mind, in which he plays an elderly alcoholic who becomes part of the city’s homeless population. Wearing a black-knit winter hat and clutching an empty coffee cup, Gere...

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A Story of Karma

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

A Story of Karma

An Interview of  Bernie Glassman   By Batya Swift Yasgur I vow to be oneness I vow to be diversity I vow to be harmony I vow to penetrate not-knowing I vow to bear witness I vow to do the actions that arise out of not-knowing and bearing witness   –Vows of the Zen Peacemakers Order  Every year, I do something strange. Some people might even consider it bizarre. I bring a group of people to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where we sit at the selection site to meditate, pray, recite the names of the dead, and hold counsel. We all come from vastly...

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The Nonviolent Life

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Non-Violence | 0 comments

The Nonviolent Life

A New Book by John Dear To Order, visit www.paceebene.org Or call: 510-268-8765. “How can we become people of nonviolence and help the world become more nonviolent? What does it mean to be a person of active nonviolence? How can we help build a global grassroots movement of nonviolence to disarm the world, relieve unjust human suffering, make a more just society and protect creation and all creatures? What is a nonviolent life?” These are the questions Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear poses in his ground-breaking new book. John...

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Upcoming September trip to Rwanda

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Upcoming September trip to Rwanda

At the invitation of the Zen Peacemaker Order, Center for Council has been working with NGOs in Rwanda to develop their capacity to facilitate council circles at a number of villages in-country and, now, inspired by our work in California, inside several prisons, where perpetrators of violence during the Genocide Against the Tutsis are being held. Many of these prisoners are reaching the end of their incarceration and are being released into the communities where the violence occurred and the Rwandan Correctional Service and associated NGOs...

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.

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

read more

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

read more

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Eve’s Remarks on Bernie’s 1st 20 Years of his 60 Year Journey in Zen: Zendo Practice So what we plan to do this afternoon is that I took some notes on Bernie’s talk, and I will try to kind of uncover from my experience some of the issues that he related to, and what you also brought up. OK? And you can also ask questions as you did for him. And then after the break, I’m going to ask Barbara Roland, and also Cornelius who’s here to do his retreat, but since he’s a teacher, maybe he also has questions that he wants to relate to from...

read more

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 3 comments

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

At a meeting of the Stewards of Green River Zen Center on Monday, September 22, I introduced the topic of GRZC becoming a member group of the Zen Peacemaker Order. The Zen Peacemaker Order was originally created in 1996 by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes, along with a group of Founding Teachers. While Zen Peacemakers has always been a loose confederation of individual practitioners, teachers, Zen centers and circles, the Order was more structured, with training paths and commitments that individual members had to make,...

read more

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Justice & Activism | 0 comments

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

“A rare first-hand account by an active participant in the radical underground movements … distinguished by the courage and painful honesty so critical in a memoir of this kind.” - Peter Matthiessen In her debut memoir, Coleman reveals an intimate account of her choice to join a revolutionary underground guerrilla cell in the 1970’s. This turbulent time in America has lessons for all of us in an age of domestic terrorism headlining the news today. What begins with her youthful idealism and intent to amend the “sins” of her blueblood ancestors...

read more

Roshi Malgosia Braunek’s Last Dharma Talk

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Teachers | 2 comments

Roshi Malgosia Braunek’s Last Dharma Talk

Translated from Polish by Andrzej Krajewski Master Shizan answered a student, that not-knowing is most intimate. For over a year this most intimate practice has been with me during every moment. I don’t have to try to remember it, anymore. True, in the beginning there was struggle and sometimes a sincere rebellion when everything has been changing from moment to moment and subsequent plans have been falling through or when thoughts have been arising, that I must know! whatever, at least how and how long this will go on. One cannot live in...

read more

Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Street Ministry | 1 comment

Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man

NYFF Report: Richard Gere Talks About Wandering New York Streets as a Homeless Man for ‘Time Out of Mind’   The next time you pass a panhandler on the street that looks like Richard Gere, pause and take a closer look because it may actuallybe Richard Gere. Earlier this year, the 65-year-old actor spent several weeks on the New York streets shooting Time Out of Mind, in which he plays an elderly alcoholic who becomes part of the city’s homeless population. Wearing a black-knit winter hat and clutching an empty coffee cup, Gere...

read more

A Story of Karma

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

A Story of Karma

An Interview of  Bernie Glassman   By Batya Swift Yasgur I vow to be oneness I vow to be diversity I vow to be harmony I vow to penetrate not-knowing I vow to bear witness I vow to do the actions that arise out of not-knowing and bearing witness   –Vows of the Zen Peacemakers Order  Every year, I do something strange. Some people might even consider it bizarre. I bring a group of people to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where we sit at the selection site to meditate, pray, recite the names of the dead, and hold counsel. We all come from vastly...

read more

The Nonviolent Life

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Non-Violence | 0 comments

The Nonviolent Life

A New Book by John Dear To Order, visit www.paceebene.org Or call: 510-268-8765. “How can we become people of nonviolence and help the world become more nonviolent? What does it mean to be a person of active nonviolence? How can we help build a global grassroots movement of nonviolence to disarm the world, relieve unjust human suffering, make a more just society and protect creation and all creatures? What is a nonviolent life?” These are the questions Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear poses in his ground-breaking new book. John...

read more

Upcoming September trip to Rwanda

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Upcoming September trip to Rwanda

At the invitation of the Zen Peacemaker Order, Center for Council has been working with NGOs in Rwanda to develop their capacity to facilitate council circles at a number of villages in-country and, now, inspired by our work in California, inside several prisons, where perpetrators of violence during the Genocide Against the Tutsis are being held. Many of these prisoners are reaching the end of their incarceration and are being released into the communities where the violence occurred and the Rwandan Correctional Service and associated NGOs...

read more