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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.

Living a Life that Matters: Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko Dharma Talk at Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas, 2015

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog, Dharma Talks, Native American, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Living a Life that Matters: Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko Dharma Talk at Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas, 2015

In February 2015, Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko gave a joint dharma talk in the Bahamas at Sivananda Ashram about stories, diversity, peace-building, and indigeneity. They have been teaching on and off at Sivananda Ashram for 19 years.

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In Remembrance of Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes, Sensei, Co-founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Blog, Death & Dying, Dharma Talks, Zen Peacemaker Order | 1 comment

In Remembrance of Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes, Sensei, Co-founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order

Today is the 19th anniversary of the passing of Sandra Jishu Angyo Holmes, sensei, the co-founder of the Zen Peacemaker Order and Zen priest of the White Plum Asanga. Her contribution to the Zen Peacemaker vision still reverberates today as we honor her life and service.

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Grieving and Praising Together: Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Roshi Eve Marko on Mystery and Caring for all Relations

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Blog, Native American, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Grieving and Praising Together: Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Roshi Eve Marko on Mystery and Caring for all Relations

Roshi Eve Marko reflects on the wisdom and teachings of Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse in relation to Standing Rock, honoring Mother Earth, and the profound mystery of life. Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a Lakota Sundancer from Cheyenne River Reservation; he hosts First Voices Radio, a program that appears on some 70 local public radio stations in this country, and travels all over the world presenting Native consciousness and values.

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Circles of Hope: The Continuous Work of Healing Genocidal Trauma in Rwanda

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Blog, Gender & Sexuality, Social Entrepreneurship, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Circles of Hope: The Continuous Work of Healing Genocidal Trauma  in Rwanda

Rwandan clinical psychologist Therese Uwitonze, a participant in the 2014 Zen Peacemakers Bearing Witness retreat in Rwanda, has developed a program, based on Zen Peacemakers practices and co-sponsored by Zen Peacemakers in Switzerland, to support and heal the post-genocide local communities. Read her report here.

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Bernie and Eve in Alabama: Post-Stroke Recovery and Physical Therapy, March 2017

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Blog | 3 comments

Bernie and Eve in Alabama: Post-Stroke Recovery and Physical Therapy, March 2017

Bernie is currently spending 2 weeks at the Taub Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama working on regaining mobility in his hand that was previously paralyzed from his stroke. He’s engaging in physical therapy aimed at “re-wiring the brain.” We’re all very excited by Bernie’s progress as seen in the following videos, and hold much gratitude for everyone’s support. Below, Eve reflects on her and Bernie’s experience in physical therapy, and the resiliency Bernie continues to demonstrate.

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Rain, Thunder And Lightning Were All Present – Report from the Native American Bearing Witness Retreat in Fort Snelling MN USA, November 2016

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Inter-Faith, Native American, Reflections, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Rain, Thunder And Lightning Were All Present – Report from the Native American Bearing Witness Retreat in Fort Snelling MN USA, November 2016

Read this report from ZPO Member Laura Gentle Dragon Kennedy who co-organized a bearing witness retreat with the Native American Dakota in MN, bearing witness to the history of genocide there and its present day expression in the community and land.

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Roshi Glassman, Zen Peacemakers Join Chief Looking Horse’s Prayer for Standing Rock

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Blog, Native American, News, Zen Peacemaker Order, Zen Peacemakers | 5 comments

Roshi Glassman, Zen Peacemakers Join Chief Looking Horse’s Prayer for Standing Rock

Sage from Cheyenne River reservation burned today at Zen Peacemakers offices.  Lakota spiritual leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th holder of the sacred white calf woman pipe who has led in Standing Rock and has met with Zen Peacemakers last summer, requested spiritual leaders around the world to join him in offerings to the Bundle, in support of the land, the river, Mni wic’oni, the Native American nations who gathered in Standing Rock to their defense, as well as in support of the “healing of those who are making these dangerous decisions.” At 4pm EST this clear and warm Wednesday, Roshi bernie Glassman, Roshi Eve Marko, head teacher at Green River Zen Center, and Rami Efal, executive director of Zen Peacemakers halted their work, gathered in a simple ceremony, invoked indigenous people everywhere and particularly in Standing Rock, and dedicated the collected energy of today’s prayers to action that will benefit...

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In Search of Dignity And Care: A ZPO Member’s Reflection On A Year of Street Retreats

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Blog, Hunger, News, Projects, Reflections, Street Retreats, Zen Peacemaker Order, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

In Search of Dignity And Care: A ZPO Member’s Reflection On A Year of Street Retreats

“…The tech firms have headquarters literally right across the streetcar tracks from the Tenderloin, the city’s most impoverished neighborhood…my mind and my body can be and has been complicit in setting up boundaries and breaking down neighborhoods… if I allow all experience – the whole plaza – to penetrate me, then I will be transformed…” – ZPO Member Kosho Brian Durel of Upaya Zen Center.

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