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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.

The Horizon Greets You From Every Side: Reflection on 2017 Zen Peacemakers Week of Service, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Featured, Ministries, Native American, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

The Horizon Greets You From Every Side: Reflection on 2017 Zen Peacemakers Week of Service, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

In August of 2017, thirty non-Native American Zen Peacemakers conducted two weeks of programs as another step in a years-long-arc of developing relationship and appreciation with the Lakota of South Dakota. Both weeks were based on and held by the Three-Tenets of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action. This reflection is from a participant of our 1st week, in which volunteers were immersed in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation community where they constructed and helped rebuild community members’ homes.

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Come into Contact: A Berliner Supports Refugee Women with Circles of Peace

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Arts for Social Change, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Ministries, Racism & Diversity, Refugee, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Come into Contact: A Berliner Supports Refugee Women with Circles of Peace

German Zen Peacemaker Gabriele Blankertz supports resettled refugee women from Syria with facilitated community circles. “To be with what is going on now includes silence as well as talking and laughing and crying. It is deep healing work.”

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Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat 2017

Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Featured, Inter-Faith, Ministries, Non-Violence, Peace, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat 2017

OSWIECIM, POLAND. Bernie Glassman and The Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 22nd year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat. Bernie Glassman began the annual Bearing Witness Retreats in 1996, with help from Eve Marko and Andrzej Krajewski. They have taken place annually every year since then. Much has been written about these annual retreats; at least half a dozen films have been made about them in various languages. They are multi-faith and multinational in character, with a strong focus on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action.

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Roshi Bernie Glassman Recognizes New Zen Masters 

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, News, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Roshi Bernie Glassman Recognizes New Zen Masters 

On July 25, Roshi Bernie Glassman gave Inka, recognition as Zen Master, to five of his long-time students.  Senseis Ken Tetsuji Byalin, Robert Sokan Lee, Francisco Genkoji “Paco” Lugoviña, Fleet Shinryu Maull, and Roland Yakushi Wegmüller all became Roshis.

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Summary Report on the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Summer Programs

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Featured, Ministries, Native American, News, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Summary Report on the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Summer Programs

In August of 2017, thirty non-native American Zen Peacemakers conducted two weeks of programs as another step in an years-long-arc of developing relationship and appreciation with the Lakota of South Dakota. Both weeks were based on and held by the Three-Tenets of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action…

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Join Free Information Session: 2017 Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness | 0 comments

Join Free Information Session: 2017 Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

On September 20th 2017 at 1pm EST we will hold a free online teleconference with one of the Auschwitz retreat’s Spirit Holders Roshi Barbara Wegmueller from Switzerland, and with Rami Efal, executive director of Zen Peacemakers International of USA/Israel. They will be available to answers questions about the container and content of the retreat, any logistical and personal concerns or anxieties that may affect your participating in this event.

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Roshi Joan Halifax’s Nomad Clinic Treats Rohingya Refugees in Kathmandu

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Featured, Inter-Faith, Justice & Activism, Ministries, Opportunities for Action, Racism & Diversity, Refugee, Social Enterprise, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Roshi Joan Halifax’s Nomad Clinic Treats Rohingya Refugees in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, NEPAL. American Zen Peacemaker Roshi Joan Halifax and her team from Upaya Zen Center have been conducting their annual Nomad Clinic program in Kathmandu when a few days ago #Rohingya#refugees from #Myanmar started appearing at their medical camp with harrowing reports of violence over the border. Read below her report of bearing witness on the ground, the actions that arose and the Rohingya’s request to raise awareness.

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Plunging on the Streets of Helsinki: Civil War, Child Slavery and The Ease of Generosity

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Homelessness, Hunger Ministry, Inter-Faith, Ministries, Reflections, Street Retreats, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Plunging on the Streets of Helsinki: Civil War, Child Slavery and The Ease of Generosity

HELSINKI, FINLAND. This September, Zen Peacemakers will be holding a street retreat in Helsinki, Finland. In this article, Mikko Ijäs describes the historical context of what these streets have born witness to in the past hundred years: Civil War, Child Slavery and Generosity.

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