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.

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

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Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

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Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

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Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Können Blumen schlafen?Ist der Mond ein Mann?Bindet man im Hafen,auch das Wasser an?Kann man Liebe malen?Gibt es bunten Schnee?Wie erklärt man Zahlen?Tuen Schmerzen weh? Weist du kein Gedicht mehr? Werde ich bald groß? Brauch ich dich dann nicht mehr? Warum weinst du bloß? Can flowers sleep? Is the moon a man? Do you also tie the water in the harbour? Can you paint love? Is there coloured snow? How do you explain numbers? Does pain hurt? Don’t you know another poem? Am I gonna be grown up soon? Will I no longer need you then? Why, are you...

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June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

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Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Eve’s Remarks on Bernie’s 1st 20 Years of his 60 Year Journey in Zen: Zendo Practice So what we plan to do this afternoon is that I took some notes on Bernie’s talk, and I will try to kind of uncover from my experience some of the issues that he related to, and what you also brought up. OK? And you can also ask questions as you did for him. And then after the break, I’m going to ask Barbara Roland, and also Cornelius who’s here to do his retreat, but since he’s a teacher, maybe he also has questions that he wants to relate to from...

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Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 3 comments

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

At a meeting of the Stewards of Green River Zen Center on Monday, September 22, I introduced the topic of GRZC becoming a member group of the Zen Peacemaker Order. The Zen Peacemaker Order was originally created in 1996 by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes, along with a group of Founding Teachers. While Zen Peacemakers has always been a loose confederation of individual practitioners, teachers, Zen centers and circles, the Order was more structured, with training paths and commitments that individual members had to make,...

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Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Justice & Activism | 0 comments

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

“A rare first-hand account by an active participant in the radical underground movements … distinguished by the courage and painful honesty so critical in a memoir of this kind.” – Peter Matthiessen In her debut memoir, Coleman reveals an intimate account of her choice to join a revolutionary underground guerrilla cell in the 1970’s. This turbulent time in America has lessons for all of us in an age of domestic terrorism headlining the news today. What begins with her youthful idealism and intent to amend the “sins” of her blueblood...

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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.

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

read more

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

read more

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

read more

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Können Blumen schlafen?Ist der Mond ein Mann?Bindet man im Hafen,auch das Wasser an?Kann man Liebe malen?Gibt es bunten Schnee?Wie erklärt man Zahlen?Tuen Schmerzen weh? Weist du kein Gedicht mehr? Werde ich bald groß? Brauch ich dich dann nicht mehr? Warum weinst du bloß? Can flowers sleep? Is the moon a man? Do you also tie the water in the harbour? Can you paint love? Is there coloured snow? How do you explain numbers? Does pain hurt? Don’t you know another poem? Am I gonna be grown up soon? Will I no longer need you then? Why, are you...

read more

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

read more

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

read more

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Roshi Eve Marko

Eve’s Remarks on Bernie’s 1st 20 Years of his 60 Year Journey in Zen: Zendo Practice So what we plan to do this afternoon is that I took some notes on Bernie’s talk, and I will try to kind of uncover from my experience some of the issues that he related to, and what you also brought up. OK? And you can also ask questions as you did for him. And then after the break, I’m going to ask Barbara Roland, and also Cornelius who’s here to do his retreat, but since he’s a teacher, maybe he also has questions that he wants to relate to from...

read more

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 3 comments

Zen Peacemaker Order By Eve Marko

At a meeting of the Stewards of Green River Zen Center on Monday, September 22, I introduced the topic of GRZC becoming a member group of the Zen Peacemaker Order. The Zen Peacemaker Order was originally created in 1996 by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Sandra Jishu Holmes, along with a group of Founding Teachers. While Zen Peacemakers has always been a loose confederation of individual practitioners, teachers, Zen centers and circles, the Order was more structured, with training paths and commitments that individual members had to make,...

read more

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Justice & Activism | 0 comments

Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary by Linda Coleman

“A rare first-hand account by an active participant in the radical underground movements … distinguished by the courage and painful honesty so critical in a memoir of this kind.” – Peter Matthiessen In her debut memoir, Coleman reveals an intimate account of her choice to join a revolutionary underground guerrilla cell in the 1970’s. This turbulent time in America has lessons for all of us in an age of domestic terrorism headlining the news today. What begins with her youthful idealism and intent to amend the “sins” of her blueblood...

read more