Zen Peacemaker Order Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThis Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemaker Order involved in Meditation and Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s activities 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 Peacemaker Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Reflections | 0 comments

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko When I think of our time in Srebrenica, it’s not the gravestones I remember, rows and rows of white obelisks dotting long grassy mounds climbing halfway up the surrounding hills, nor the slanting walls of names that glittered even under gray skies. Nor is it the gorgeous forested mountains, the Dinaric Alps covered with beech and pine and reminding me of Switzerland, through which we drove to get down to the memorial commemorating a massacre of over 8,300 people. In fact, when Hasan Hasanović invited us to join him...

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Everything and Nothing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 1 comment

Everything and Nothing

Living a Life that Matters #2: Everything and Nothing By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 6th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris Bernie: A long time ago, in a far away place, there was nothing. And that nothing included everything. And all of a sudden, instantaneously, in no time, there was a BIG BANG! And that Big Bang spread, it started to spread that nothing (or that everything) throughout space and time, which didn’t exist. So it’s a fantastic phenomenon—especially if...

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A Vision of Peace and a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Reflections | 2 comments

A Vision of Peace and a  Bearing Witness Retreat  in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Fr. Bob Maat is an American Jesuit and trained physician’s assistant who went to Cambodia upon finishing seminary, thinking to serve there for 3 months and then return. He never left Cambodia. He learned the Khmer language and proceeded to make that country his home, working for years with refugees and survivors of landmines, living among impoverished villagers for whom violence and suffering had been a way of life as long as they could remember. Often he joined the pilgrimages of the Cambodian Buddhist saint, Mahaghosananda, who would walk...

read more

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

The Green, greys, purples and terracotta of the Trebevic mountains greeted the ZPO planning group that visited Bosnia in preparation for the Bosnia Bearing Wintess Retreat (May 9-13, ‘16). These mountains overlook Sarajevo from where the group has gone on a trip to Srebrenica, Tusla and Sanski Most, and bore witness to graffiti-ornate remains of military posts, stories of loss and livelinesss and the complexity of “The Jerusalem of Europe”. We’ll share more as the retreat takes form. (Pictured above Sensei Frank De Waele, of Ghent Zen Sangha,...

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Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

KADDISH (Recited at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in various languages.)   May the Great Name whose Desire gave birth to the universe Resound through the Creation Now. May this Great Presence rule your life and your day and all lives of our World. And say, Yes. Amen.   Throughout all Space, Bless, Bless this Great Name, Throughout all Time.   Though we bless, we praise, we beautify, we offer up your name, Name That Is Holy, Blessed One, still you remain beyond the reach of our praise, our song, beyond the reach of all...

read more

Two Months to Black Hills

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 3 comments

Two Months to Black Hills

First nations around the world have lost their lands, languages, and ways of life at the hands of American and European colonialists pursuing an agenda of domination, genocide, theft, and the elimination of indigenous cultures and identities. Entire nations have vanished. This catastrophe is not just theirs; it belongs to all humans, and to the earth itself, for it has been succeeded by the calamitous loss of animals and plants, and the specter of global warming. What does it say about us and our separation from this earth? What does it say...

read more

Twenty Years Ago, Long Long Ago: Reflections On How It (Auschwitz Retreat) All Started by Eve Marko

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Uncategorized | 14 comments

Twenty Years Ago, Long Long Ago: Reflections On How It (Auschwitz Retreat) All Started by Eve Marko

This article will appear in: AschePerlen. Zeugnisse aus 20 Jahren Friedenspraxis in Auschwitz mit Bernie Glassman und den ZenPeacemakers Pearls of Ash and Awe. Testimonies from 20 years of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz with Bernie Glassman and the ZenPeacemakers Lieferbar Oktober 2015 / available October 2015 I first accompanied Bernie Glassman to Auschwitz-Birkenau in the first days of December 1994, before anyone conceived of a bearing witness retreat at the site of the concentration camps. He was going there to do a Transmission of Precepts...

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Way of Council Level 2 Training, Yonkers NY June 9-10 2015

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Way of Council Level 2 Training, Yonkers NY June 9-10 2015

2-Day Workshop: Council 2: Deepening the Practice:During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’ Other than Lunch, Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide. Price $400 Jared Seide is the Director of the Center for Council. He has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit...

read more

ZPO Newsletter May 2015

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Newsletter May 2015

The fresh purple crocus buds and full-bloomed daffodils are sprouting from under the brown Massachusetts winter leaves. With them, the Zen Peacemaker Order continues to explore its global vision and we welcome you, who have joined as candidates and members, to take part in this unfolding with your questions, comments and participation. BERNIE’S VISION TOUR Roshi Bernie has begun a year-long Vision Tour that started in April at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, CA. He was joined by Roshi Egyoku, the local sangha, and members from other...

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“America’s Native Prisoners of War” by Aaron Huey

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Native American | 0 comments

Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk. (Filmed at...

read more

Zen Peacemaker Order Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThis Blog compiles the latest news of the Zen Peacemaker Order involved in Meditation and Socially Engaged Spirituality.  It willl also keep you informed on Bernie’s activities 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 Peacemaker Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Reflections | 0 comments

Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem: Bosnia, May 2015

By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko When I think of our time in Srebrenica, it’s not the gravestones I remember, rows and rows of white obelisks dotting long grassy mounds climbing halfway up the surrounding hills, nor the slanting walls of names that glittered even under gray skies. Nor is it the gorgeous forested mountains, the Dinaric Alps covered with beech and pine and reminding me of Switzerland, through which we drove to get down to the memorial commemorating a massacre of over 8,300 people. In fact, when Hasan Hasanović invited us to join him...

read more

Everything and Nothing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 1 comment

Everything and Nothing

Living a Life that Matters #2: Everything and Nothing By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 6th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris Bernie: A long time ago, in a far away place, there was nothing. And that nothing included everything. And all of a sudden, instantaneously, in no time, there was a BIG BANG! And that Big Bang spread, it started to spread that nothing (or that everything) throughout space and time, which didn’t exist. So it’s a fantastic phenomenon—especially if...

read more

A Vision of Peace and a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Reflections | 2 comments

A Vision of Peace and a  Bearing Witness Retreat  in the Holy Land by Eve Marko

Fr. Bob Maat is an American Jesuit and trained physician’s assistant who went to Cambodia upon finishing seminary, thinking to serve there for 3 months and then return. He never left Cambodia. He learned the Khmer language and proceeded to make that country his home, working for years with refugees and survivors of landmines, living among impoverished villagers for whom violence and suffering had been a way of life as long as they could remember. Often he joined the pilgrimages of the Cambodian Buddhist saint, Mahaghosananda, who would walk...

read more

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Sangha Newsletter June 2015

The Green, greys, purples and terracotta of the Trebevic mountains greeted the ZPO planning group that visited Bosnia in preparation for the Bosnia Bearing Wintess Retreat (May 9-13, ‘16). These mountains overlook Sarajevo from where the group has gone on a trip to Srebrenica, Tusla and Sanski Most, and bore witness to graffiti-ornate remains of military posts, stories of loss and livelinesss and the complexity of “The Jerusalem of Europe”. We’ll share more as the retreat takes form. (Pictured above Sensei Frank De Waele, of Ghent Zen Sangha,...

read more

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Translating Kaddish by Peter Levitt

KADDISH (Recited at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in various languages.)   May the Great Name whose Desire gave birth to the universe Resound through the Creation Now. May this Great Presence rule your life and your day and all lives of our World. And say, Yes. Amen.   Throughout all Space, Bless, Bless this Great Name, Throughout all Time.   Though we bless, we praise, we beautify, we offer up your name, Name That Is Holy, Blessed One, still you remain beyond the reach of our praise, our song, beyond the reach of all...

read more

Two Months to Black Hills

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 3 comments

Two Months to Black Hills

First nations around the world have lost their lands, languages, and ways of life at the hands of American and European colonialists pursuing an agenda of domination, genocide, theft, and the elimination of indigenous cultures and identities. Entire nations have vanished. This catastrophe is not just theirs; it belongs to all humans, and to the earth itself, for it has been succeeded by the calamitous loss of animals and plants, and the specter of global warming. What does it say about us and our separation from this earth? What does it say...

read more

Twenty Years Ago, Long Long Ago: Reflections On How It (Auschwitz Retreat) All Started by Eve Marko

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Uncategorized | 14 comments

Twenty Years Ago, Long Long Ago: Reflections On How It (Auschwitz Retreat) All Started by Eve Marko

This article will appear in: AschePerlen. Zeugnisse aus 20 Jahren Friedenspraxis in Auschwitz mit Bernie Glassman und den ZenPeacemakers Pearls of Ash and Awe. Testimonies from 20 years of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz with Bernie Glassman and the ZenPeacemakers Lieferbar Oktober 2015 / available October 2015 I first accompanied Bernie Glassman to Auschwitz-Birkenau in the first days of December 1994, before anyone conceived of a bearing witness retreat at the site of the concentration camps. He was going there to do a Transmission of Precepts...

read more

Way of Council Level 2 Training, Yonkers NY June 9-10 2015

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Way of Council Level 2 Training, Yonkers NY June 9-10 2015

2-Day Workshop: Council 2: Deepening the Practice:During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’ Other than Lunch, Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide. Price $400 Jared Seide is the Director of the Center for Council. He has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit...

read more

ZPO Newsletter May 2015

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Newsletter May 2015

The fresh purple crocus buds and full-bloomed daffodils are sprouting from under the brown Massachusetts winter leaves. With them, the Zen Peacemaker Order continues to explore its global vision and we welcome you, who have joined as candidates and members, to take part in this unfolding with your questions, comments and participation. BERNIE’S VISION TOUR Roshi Bernie has begun a year-long Vision Tour that started in April at the Zen Center of Los Angeles, CA. He was joined by Roshi Egyoku, the local sangha, and members from other...

read more

“America’s Native Prisoners of War” by Aaron Huey

Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Native American | 0 comments

Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk. (Filmed at...

read more