Bearing Witness Blog

Bernie Glassman

The 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. Roshis Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Pat Enkyo O’Hara are reviving the Zen Peacemaker Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

We just Posted a New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Baring, bearing, and barking witness! Listen to it by linking here. More to come. We will be posting new Editions every week! Hope you enjoy. We are certainly having fun doing it. Rocky and Tootsie (alias Bernie and Eve)

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A World of Podcasts!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Podcasts | 0 comments

A World of Podcasts!

We Now Offer A World of Podcasts! I hope you enjoy the various podcasts we have posted on the website. Schmoozing Podcasts, Rocky and Tootsie – Live, Dharma Talks, Interviews and...

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Big Bang, Karma, and Reincarnation

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Big Bang, Karma, and Reincarnation

I want to give you my opinions on the Big Bang, karma, and reincarnation. I was trained as an engineer, and also as a mathematician. And so, in my opinion, I agree with those that feel that the universe was created by—or at least started with—the Big Bang many many many years ago. And in mathematical terms, Big Bang—the time of the Big Bang—is a singularity. That is, you can go back and back, and you get as close to when the Big Bang happened as you want, but you can’t get to it. It’s a singularity. For example, if you try to divide 1 by...

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Transcriptions of Schmoozing Podcasts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Transcriptions of Schmoozing Podcasts

The Schmoozing Podcasts I have posted via Sound Cloud can be heard by linking here. I have had a request to have these podcasts transcribed so those in the deafhood can read them. Scott Harris has volunteered to do the transcriptions and they will be posted here as he completes the transcription.

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Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in...

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Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

I sent an announcement a few weeks ago that there are Podcasts by Bernie on the Zen Peacemakers Website but unfortunately it was premature. Due to the efforts of our IT Maven, Timothy O’Connor Fraser, the podcasts are now working on our website. I will be adding podcasts almost daily. Hope you enjoy. ……link here to hear Schmoozes

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Just Another Opinion on The Oneness of Life, Man

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Just Another Opinion on   The Oneness of Life, Man

One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until (s)he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, (s)he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his/her head splits into pieces. Buddha, seeing her/his plight, gives him/her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that...

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A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Greyston served more than 2,800 Yonkers residents through an array of results-driven programming designed to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. A detailed study conducted last year revealed that our programs truly create a measurable, long term impact within the community: for example, Greyston Bakery – a world recognized social enterprise, paid nearly $1.2 million in salaries to our Open Hire employees while saving over $1 million in taxpayer funds through reduced recidivism. Greyston’s Workforce Development program...

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Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Merriam Webster Definition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time. When I hear the word tradition used by Buddhist practioners, I believe they mean a practice that has been around for a long time as in the dictionary usage of the word. When I probe further, in my opinion, they are referring to a practice that was developed by their teacher or by their teacher’s teacher. In my case, my teacher, Maezumi Roshi, was considered very...

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Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. The training itself well surpassed our already high expectations and feels now to have been life changing for all involved, as well as a significant contribution to the healing field here, both internally, for the participants involved, and in introducing and embodying a new set of tools, ready to be carried by organizations and initiatives.  The journey to set aside all of the ego, psychological, cultural attachment to ways of...

read more

Bearing Witness Blog

Bernie Glassman

The 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. Roshis Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Pat Enkyo O’Hara are reviving the Zen Peacemaker Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

We just Posted a New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Baring, bearing, and barking witness! Listen to it by linking here. More to come. We will be posting new Editions every week! Hope you enjoy. We are certainly having fun doing it. Rocky and Tootsie (alias Bernie and Eve)

read more

A World of Podcasts!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Podcasts | 0 comments

A World of Podcasts!

We Now Offer A World of Podcasts! I hope you enjoy the various podcasts we have posted on the website. Schmoozing Podcasts, Rocky and Tootsie – Live, Dharma Talks, Interviews and...

read more

Big Bang, Karma, and Reincarnation

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Big Bang, Karma, and Reincarnation

I want to give you my opinions on the Big Bang, karma, and reincarnation. I was trained as an engineer, and also as a mathematician. And so, in my opinion, I agree with those that feel that the universe was created by—or at least started with—the Big Bang many many many years ago. And in mathematical terms, Big Bang—the time of the Big Bang—is a singularity. That is, you can go back and back, and you get as close to when the Big Bang happened as you want, but you can’t get to it. It’s a singularity. For example, if you try to divide 1 by...

read more

Transcriptions of Schmoozing Podcasts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Transcriptions of Schmoozing Podcasts

The Schmoozing Podcasts I have posted via Sound Cloud can be heard by linking here. I have had a request to have these podcasts transcribed so those in the deafhood can read them. Scott Harris has volunteered to do the transcriptions and they will be posted here as he completes the transcription.

read more

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in...

read more

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

I sent an announcement a few weeks ago that there are Podcasts by Bernie on the Zen Peacemakers Website but unfortunately it was premature. Due to the efforts of our IT Maven, Timothy O’Connor Fraser, the podcasts are now working on our website. I will be adding podcasts almost daily. Hope you enjoy. ……link here to hear Schmoozes

read more

Just Another Opinion on The Oneness of Life, Man

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Just Another Opinion on   The Oneness of Life, Man

One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until (s)he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, (s)he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his/her head splits into pieces. Buddha, seeing her/his plight, gives him/her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that...

read more

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Greyston served more than 2,800 Yonkers residents through an array of results-driven programming designed to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. A detailed study conducted last year revealed that our programs truly create a measurable, long term impact within the community: for example, Greyston Bakery – a world recognized social enterprise, paid nearly $1.2 million in salaries to our Open Hire employees while saving over $1 million in taxpayer funds through reduced recidivism. Greyston’s Workforce Development program...

read more

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Merriam Webster Definition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time. When I hear the word tradition used by Buddhist practioners, I believe they mean a practice that has been around for a long time as in the dictionary usage of the word. When I probe further, in my opinion, they are referring to a practice that was developed by their teacher or by their teacher’s teacher. In my case, my teacher, Maezumi Roshi, was considered very...

read more

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. The training itself well surpassed our already high expectations and feels now to have been life changing for all involved, as well as a significant contribution to the healing field here, both internally, for the participants involved, and in introducing and embodying a new set of tools, ready to be carried by organizations and initiatives.  The journey to set aside all of the ego, psychological, cultural attachment to ways of...

read more
4/18/2014