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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.

Zen Peacemakers is Hiring: Web Specialist and Assistant to Executive Director, full-time

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Blog, News | 1 comment

Zen Peacemakers is Hiring: Web Specialist and Assistant to Executive Director, full-time

Zen Peacemakers are currently seeking a creative and motivated Web Specialist and Assistant to Executive Director in support of ZP’s promotion of its founder’s legacy and vision, administration, programs, fundraising, marketing, global community outreach and coordination.

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For the Sake of Children: Pilgrimage to Manzanar, Bearing Witness to Fear, Bonds, and Love

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Blog, Peace, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

For the Sake of Children: Pilgrimage to Manzanar, Bearing Witness to Fear, Bonds, and  Love

“Bearing witness and experiencing the Three Tenets at Manzanar helped me, and gave me the courage, to touch deeper parts of myself. Whatever I saw at Manzanar: family love, family bonding, silence, community, and fear, was about me. It reflected me.” Last month on April 29, 2017, Zen Peacemaker Order member Nem Bajra joined 2,000 others and traveled to Manzanar, one of ten concentration camps that interned Japanese Americans during WWII, to participate in the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. The following piece details his personal experience of the pilgrimage.

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We Are Sumud, or If You Imagine It, It Will Be

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Justice & Activism, Non-Violence, Peace | 0 comments

We Are Sumud, or If You Imagine It, It Will Be

“Sumud, like so many other acts of heartful resistance, begins as an act of the imagination. Someone dares imagine that force, occupation, discrimination, poverty, and violence can end.” Eve Marko reflects on her recent trip to Israel, and the acts of imagination and revolution that propel us toward justice and peace.

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Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Roland

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Contemplative Care, Death & Dying, Peace, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Three Tenets of ZP, Wellness, Work & Livelihood, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Roland

At the site of gruesome human medical experiments, Sensei Dr. Roland Yakushi Wegmüller has been serving and ministering the participants of the Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness retreat for the past 14 years. In this personal essay, Roland reflects on his role as the retreat’s doctor, the healing and kindness in the old camp, and the rich experiences and connections he’s had with his patients there. Deutsch nach Englisch.

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Rags to Rakusus: Irene

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Blog, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemaker Order, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Rags to Rakusus: Irene

A prayer flag, a childhood friend’s pajamas, her teacher’s denim, a t-shirt collected on a street retreat – The Zen Peacemaker Rakusu is a garment that those who take the Buddhist vows sew from discarded materials or of meaningful origins. In this first post of the series “Rags to Rakusus,” Irene Ji Un Edelmann of New York reflects on her experience of creating hers. “[It] is symbolic of the tapestry of life and the little pieces that form a whole.”

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No Pretension, Much Humor: Bernie’s Visit to Vassar College, April 2017

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Bernie's Opinions, Blog, Dharma Talks, Teachers, Three Tenets of ZP | 3 comments

No Pretension, Much Humor: Bernie’s Visit to Vassar College, April 2017

“Not once in his speech did Roshi Glassman use words like ‘consciousness,’ ‘freedom,’ or even ‘enlightenment,’…What he spoke repeatedly of was ‘taking action'” — Rick Jarow​, Professor of Religion/Asian Studies and Chairman of the Carolyn Grant Endowment Committee at Vassar College, hosted Bernie Glassman​ and reflects on his visit on campus.

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WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Reflections | 0 comments

WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

“And though we were talking lightly and easily, we were really looking at each other and asking, ‘So who are you after these days away? Who are you, really?’ And I realized that that’s really the question I ask every morning when Bernie gets up. So much has happened, so much has changed.” Eve reflects on her reunion with Bernie after his first public talk since the stroke, which took place this past Tuesday, April 25th, at Vassar College.

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بَحِبِّك This Says I Love You: U.S. Couple Addresses Islamophobia with Dialogue and Artivism

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Inter-Faith, Justice & Activism, Non-Violence, Opportunities for Action, Peace, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Refugee, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

بَحِبِّك This Says I Love You: U.S. Couple Addresses Islamophobia with Dialogue and Artivism

Married U.S. couple and co-founders of the Bahebak Project, Azzam, a Muslim Palestinian, and Anna, a Jewish American, speak about their work transforming fear to love. Through the Bahebak Project, they create grassroots community support networks to provide emergency assistance to Syrian refugees, respond to Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Prejudice with dialogue and artivism, and engage in peace-building across difference in the United States and Middle East.

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Scenes of Domestic Bliss: Eve and Bernie, April 2017

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Reflections | 1 comment

Scenes of Domestic Bliss: Eve and Bernie, April 2017

Eve describes the early April scenes of “domestic bliss” taking place in Eve and Bernie’s household in Montague, Massachusetts. She shares the intimate micro-moments of the everyday, and in so doing, shows how Bernie is continuing to heal with much hilarity and spunk.

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