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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 | 2 comments

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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I Was Once Very Angry: Reflection from the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Bearing Witness Plunge

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Justice & Activism, Ministries, Native American, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

I Was Once Very Angry: Reflection from the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Bearing Witness Plunge

CROW AGENCY, MONTANA, USA. Following the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Native American Bearing Witness Plunge, Roshi Eve Marko reflects on her time at the Little Bighorn battlefield, hosted by Lakota elders and their families.

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Everything Has To Do With Us: Roshi Collande Reflects on Bearing Witness at Auschwitz

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Blog, Featured, Ministries, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Everything Has To Do With Us: Roshi Collande Reflects on Bearing Witness at Auschwitz

HOLZKIRCHEN, GERMANY. This November, 2017, Zen Peacemakers are returning to the concentration camp site at Auschwitz for the twenty-second time. Read retreat Spirit Holder Cornelius V. Collande’s reflection on entering Auschwitz’s “big not knowing.”

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100,000 Fires to Feed: Roshi Michel Dubois’ Twenty years of Homelessness Ministry in Paris

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Featured, Homelessness, Hunger, Reflections, Social Enterprise, Street Retreats | 0 comments

100,000 Fires to Feed: Roshi Michel Dubois’ Twenty years of Homelessness Ministry in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE. Roshi Michel Dubois, founder and teacher at Zen – A Way of the Heart center in Paris,  describes how spending a night among the homeless of Dusseldorf gave rise to a social enterprise serving its 100,000th meal this year to the homeless in Paris. Michel has engaged with bearing witness retreats for years, and his experience in Auschwitz, Bosnia-Herzegovina and with the Lakota on Turtle Island give a wider context to his ministry.

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Turning Towards Turners Falls: Local Collaboration Serves Underserved Families in Massachusetts USA

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Featured, Justice & Activism, Ministries, Native American, Opportunities for Action, Projects, Racism & Diversity, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Wellness, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Turning Towards Turners Falls: Local Collaboration Serves Underserved Families in Massachusetts USA

TURNERS FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS, USA. Massachusetts USA Zen Peacemakers joined the Montague Catholic Social Ministries group to provide relief for underprivileged families in the Turners Falls area.

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Something to Keep Safe: Georgia von Schlieffen Reflections on Bearing Witness in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Bearing Witness Ministry, Handicapped, Ministries, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Something to Keep Safe: Georgia von Schlieffen Reflections on Bearing Witness in Bosnia-Herzegovina

German artist Georgia von Schlieffen reflects on participating in the 2017 Zen Peacemakers Bosnia-Herzegovina Bearing Witness retreat, the connections she found between visiting there and Auschwitz-Birkenau and the balancing of pain and beauty.

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