Bearing Witness Blog

Bernie Glassman

The 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.

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...

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On Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

On  Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

As some of you know, 15 years ago, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen master, started studying clown with me.  Up to that point, all my students were performers. Bernie’s intent was not to become a clown, rather he wished to use “tools of tricksterdom and humor” to address out of balance situations in his Zen world. As a result, my approach to teaching shifted, and has continued to change ever since. The focus shifted from being clown to clowning. Suddenly my teaching perspective expanded from appying humor to performance to...

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Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

So, this is my second twenty years in Zen—sort of the second twenty. I will start around 1976. That’s about forty years ago. I had just received dharma transmission from my teacher. I’m not sure exactly when that was—I should know, it might have been ‘75; it might have been ’76. Sometimes I waste a little time trying to figure out years. But 1976 was the opening of a monastery in New York, Dai Bosatsu Monastery that Eido Shimano Roshi was in charge of. And he started in—that celebration started with a one week Sesshin, which he invited people...

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2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Registration is Now Open For September 1-5, 2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. To read more and/or to register click here. The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Plunging in Israel-Palestine

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

In January 1994—it was my 55th birthday—I did a retreat in Washington, DC, bearing witness to the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, those in poverty, and those with AIDS? As a result of bearing witness in that retreat—I had gone there with no ideas of what to do. I had completed work on a major project in Yonkers, NY called Greyston, but I had no idea what I should be doing. So I sat in a five-day retreat, and I sat with that question. I bore witness to that question. And out of that came the vision of a...

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My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Today I’m going to talk about my first twenty years in Zen. How many in the room have been involved in Zen more than twenty years? One . . . in Zen? More than twenty years? Oh no, you were a Sufi. [Audience laughs] One, two, OK, three, four . . . wow! So I’ll ask the same question tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the second twenty years—the last day, the third twenty years. At any rate, my first twenty years—and what’s interesting—to me, at least—is each twenty years, the main activities which dictated my experiences that I had during those years....

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Hanuman-ji

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hanuman-ji

Thirty-five years ago, Hanuman-ji flew onto this land and into our lives. Since that time, the number of devotees packed into the small shrine room grows year by year, and the need for a new temple becomes ever more clear. In the following video, Ram Dass remembers how the murti of Hanuman made his way to New Mexico. He talks about how Hanuman's arrival here represents the establishment of the spirit of love and service in America, and how Maharaji is manifesting his love in the West through the heart-felt service of his devotees. Please...

read more

Bearing Witness Blog

Bernie Glassman

The 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.

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

On Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

On  Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

As some of you know, 15 years ago, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen master, started studying clown with me.  Up to that point, all my students were performers. Bernie’s intent was not to become a clown, rather he wished to use “tools of tricksterdom and humor” to address out of balance situations in his Zen world. As a result, my approach to teaching shifted, and has continued to change ever since. The focus shifted from being clown to clowning. Suddenly my teaching perspective expanded from appying humor to performance to...

read more

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

So, this is my second twenty years in Zen—sort of the second twenty. I will start around 1976. That’s about forty years ago. I had just received dharma transmission from my teacher. I’m not sure exactly when that was—I should know, it might have been ‘75; it might have been ’76. Sometimes I waste a little time trying to figure out years. But 1976 was the opening of a monastery in New York, Dai Bosatsu Monastery that Eido Shimano Roshi was in charge of. And he started in—that celebration started with a one week Sesshin, which he invited people...

read more

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Registration is Now Open For September 1-5, 2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. To read more and/or to register click here. The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

In January 1994—it was my 55th birthday—I did a retreat in Washington, DC, bearing witness to the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, those in poverty, and those with AIDS? As a result of bearing witness in that retreat—I had gone there with no ideas of what to do. I had completed work on a major project in Yonkers, NY called Greyston, but I had no idea what I should be doing. So I sat in a five-day retreat, and I sat with that question. I bore witness to that question. And out of that came the vision of a...

read more

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Today I’m going to talk about my first twenty years in Zen. How many in the room have been involved in Zen more than twenty years? One . . . in Zen? More than twenty years? Oh no, you were a Sufi. [Audience laughs] One, two, OK, three, four . . . wow! So I’ll ask the same question tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the second twenty years—the last day, the third twenty years. At any rate, my first twenty years—and what’s interesting—to me, at least—is each twenty years, the main activities which dictated my experiences that I had during those years....

read more

Hanuman-ji

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hanuman-ji

Thirty-five years ago, Hanuman-ji flew onto this land and into our lives. Since that time, the number of devotees packed into the small shrine room grows year by year, and the need for a new temple becomes ever more clear. In the following video, Ram Dass remembers how the murti of Hanuman made his way to New Mexico. He talks about how Hanuman's arrival here represents the establishment of the spirit of love and service in America, and how Maharaji is manifesting his love in the West through the heart-felt service of his devotees. Please...

read more