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.

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Talks given on Dec 15 –  18, 2015 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Bahamas Retreat Center.  How do we live a meaningful life? In their own special and engaging way, Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko share their experiences of living the life of a homeless person during street retreats and other social activism projects, such as the Bearing Witness projects. Through spiritual teachings, personal stories, and a good dose of humor, these two distinguished and charismatic spiritual leaders inspire you to take action and make your...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

A trip to the Greyston bakery always ends up delivering a cookie and a smile, but at the bakery run by Mike Brady, the extra icing is its stated goal of also serving up a second chance. The recipe for the success of their enterprise includes a commitment to employing a range of chronically unemployed people, including former convicts and recovering addicts. Mike, the President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise using entrepreneurship to address the issues of...

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Panels at Greyston Bakery Created by Greyston Employees

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Panels at Greyston Bakery Created by Greyston Employees

GREYSTON’ MISSION STATEMENT Grounded in a whole-person approach, which we call PathMaking, Greyston Foundation, a pioneer in social enterprise, creates jobs and provides integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency. Greyston Mandala All of Greyston’s interconnected programs, services, all of its employees, tenants, and program- clients. PathMaking It is both a guiding philosophy and a program at Greyston. The PathMaking philosophy is our belief that individuals can be supported...

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Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Peace, Teachers | 0 comments

Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

My wife, Roshi Eve Marko and I just returned from our annual teaching at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island where, on the last day, we discussed Swami Vishnudevananda with Swami Swaroopananda. Below is a brief history of the wonderful Yoga Teacher and Peace Activist Swami Vishnudevananda. Swami Vishnudevananda A number of Zen Peacemakers will be gathering there in March. Also, Sivananda Peace Ambassadors will be joining all our Bearing Witness Retreats Vishnudevananda Saraswati (December 31, 1927 – November 9, 1993) was a disciple...

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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...

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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...

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.

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Talks given on Dec 15 –  18, 2015 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Bahamas Retreat Center.  How do we live a meaningful life? In their own special and engaging way, Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko share their experiences of living the life of a homeless person during street retreats and other social activism projects, such as the Bearing Witness projects. Through spiritual teachings, personal stories, and a good dose of humor, these two distinguished and charismatic spiritual leaders inspire you to take action and make your...

read more

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

A trip to the Greyston bakery always ends up delivering a cookie and a smile, but at the bakery run by Mike Brady, the extra icing is its stated goal of also serving up a second chance. The recipe for the success of their enterprise includes a commitment to employing a range of chronically unemployed people, including former convicts and recovering addicts. Mike, the President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise using entrepreneurship to address the issues of...

read more

Panels at Greyston Bakery Created by Greyston Employees

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Panels at Greyston Bakery Created by Greyston Employees

GREYSTON’ MISSION STATEMENT Grounded in a whole-person approach, which we call PathMaking, Greyston Foundation, a pioneer in social enterprise, creates jobs and provides integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency. Greyston Mandala All of Greyston’s interconnected programs, services, all of its employees, tenants, and program- clients. PathMaking It is both a guiding philosophy and a program at Greyston. The PathMaking philosophy is our belief that individuals can be supported...

read more

Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Peace, Teachers | 0 comments

Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati

My wife, Roshi Eve Marko and I just returned from our annual teaching at the Sivananda Ashram on Paradise Island where, on the last day, we discussed Swami Vishnudevananda with Swami Swaroopananda. Below is a brief history of the wonderful Yoga Teacher and Peace Activist Swami Vishnudevananda. Swami Vishnudevananda A number of Zen Peacemakers will be gathering there in March. Also, Sivananda Peace Ambassadors will be joining all our Bearing Witness Retreats Vishnudevananda Saraswati (December 31, 1927 – November 9, 1993) was a disciple...

read more

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