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.

Many Steps to Home

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Reflections | 0 comments

Many Steps to Home

By Sensei Barbara Wegmüller, Spiegel Sangha, Bern, Switzerland A cold wind was fluttering the rainbow flags inscribed with “Peace- Pace”, carried by the protesters that had gathered to raise their voices for peace, only few days before the second war in Lebanon in 2006 was about to start. Sami Awad, a peacemaker activist from Bethlehem was a guest at our home in Bern, Switzerland. I was waiting for Sami who was giving an interview to a local radio station just before he was about to address the protestors. Next to me some young children...

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Centennial Memorial of the Armenian Genocide

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 1 comment

Centennial Memorial of the Armenian Genocide

Dear extended Zen PeaceMaker family, On Friday, April 24th, 2015 we mark the Official Centennial Memorial of The Armenian Genocide where 1,500,000 Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Syrians and Chaldeans perished on the command of the Ottoman Young Turk regime. We recognize the wound that has never been able to heal from the continual evasion of responsibility and denial of the contemporary Turkish government. We also see that denial as an expression of Turkish suffering around this history. We sit allowing ourselves to be fully present to these...

read more

Lakota tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 0 comments

Lakota tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by adolescents in recent months has shaken this impoverished community and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths. On Dec. 12, a 14-year-old boy hanged himself at his home on the reservation, a sprawling expanse of badlands on the South Dakota-Nebraska border. On Christmas Day, a 15-year-old girl was found dead, followed weeks later by a high school cheerleader....

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Holy Week in the Streets by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Reflections, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holy Week in the Streets by Bernie Glassman

Since Holy Week 2015 has just happened, I wish to talk about going on the streets during Holy Week, the week of Easter, the week of Passover, one of the saddest and most joyous times of the year. I go on the streets at other times of the year, too, and each occasion is special in its own way, but the streets feel different during Holy Week. The re-membrance and caring that spring to life during that time are unmistakable and unforgettable To give you a feel for what I mean, let me describe the 1996 Holy Week street retreat. We spent our first...

read more

Sharing The Mountain: Dharma Talk by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Dharma Talks, Podcasts, Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Sharing The Mountain: Dharma Talk by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko

Living a Life that Matters #1: Sharing the Mountain Top By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 5th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris, photos by David Hobbs and Rami Efal PDF Version Introduction: We would like to welcome all the new guests that arrived at the Ashram today. And we would like to welcome that came for the program on “Living a Life That Matters,” that will start tonight. And to those that are here to participate in the annual gathering of the Zen Peacemakers...

read more

ZPO Newsletter April 2015

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Zen Peacemaker Order, ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Newsletter April 2015

The snow is slowly melting here in Montague, MA. The sparrows and squirrels take turns at the feeders behind the house and the days turn long and bright. With the turning of the season the Zen Peacemaker Order is turning, too. Our mission to serve all beings and its expression in the order’s structure and tenets are being reexamined. Together with the many ZPO retreats, workshops and trainings offered around the world, it’s exciting time to re-dedicate our intention and vows to practice and serve together. My name is Rami Efal and...

read more

Happy April Fools Day!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in News, Trickster | 1 comment

Happy April Fools Day!

The Zen Peacemaker Order is happy to announce that the Order of Disorder (OD) is being reinvigorated by Mr. Yoowho (Moshe Cohen), Nocando (Michel Dobbs), KuKu Sama (Peter Cunningham) and BoobySattva (Bernie Glassman.) Also, ON THE OCCASION OF OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY APRIL 1, 2015, THE HOLY DAY OF FOOLS, the Order of Disorder is Calling all clowns, fools, tricksters, and fun and funny-loving peoples to gather the weekend of October 23-25th at Village Zendo in New York City for the first OD Sesshin. Rejoice in ABSURDITY and celebrate THE CRACKS in...

read more

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Greyston’s Board of Directors Announced that Mike Brady, President of Greyston Bakery, has been named President and CEO of Greyston, expanding his leadership role to the entirety of Greyston. “We are pleased to have found a leader within our existing team who possesses both the passion for our mission, as well as a vision for what a successful organization should be in the 21st Century,” said Deborah Stewart, Chair of the Greyston Foundation Board of Directors. Mike was a Board Member of Greyston Foundation before being...

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Bearing Witness to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bearing Witness to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Bus Trip Monday, August 10, 2015 The Native American Bearing Witness Retreat, which will take place at the Black Hills, goes hand in hand with the history and present circumstances of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota, eighth largest reservation in the country. Pine Ridge is the locus of several historic events in the history of the Lakota Nation, including the Badlands site where the last of the Ghost Dances was held, the ensuing massacre at Wounded Knee, the takeover of Badlands areas by the US government for...

read more

Climate Takuhatsu

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Environment | 1 comment

Climate Takuhatsu

I’m writing this as a part of my “climate takuhatsu”. Soon after we moved to Boulder last year, I started this practice. I go door to door in our neighborhood, knock, wait, if someone shows up, I offer my business card that says “PhD, climate scientist”, express my worry, and offer to speak anything about climate and how it related to the lives of people in front of me. Now, I’m knocking on the door of White Plum sangha and Zen peacemakers. As a part of a large environmental organization, I hear about and work on...

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.

Many Steps to Home

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Reflections | 0 comments

Many Steps to Home

By Sensei Barbara Wegmüller, Spiegel Sangha, Bern, Switzerland A cold wind was fluttering the rainbow flags inscribed with “Peace- Pace”, carried by the protesters that had gathered to raise their voices for peace, only few days before the second war in Lebanon in 2006 was about to start. Sami Awad, a peacemaker activist from Bethlehem was a guest at our home in Bern, Switzerland. I was waiting for Sami who was giving an interview to a local radio station just before he was about to address the protestors. Next to me some young children...

read more

Centennial Memorial of the Armenian Genocide

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 1 comment

Centennial Memorial of the Armenian Genocide

Dear extended Zen PeaceMaker family, On Friday, April 24th, 2015 we mark the Official Centennial Memorial of The Armenian Genocide where 1,500,000 Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Syrians and Chaldeans perished on the command of the Ottoman Young Turk regime. We recognize the wound that has never been able to heal from the continual evasion of responsibility and denial of the contemporary Turkish government. We also see that denial as an expression of Turkish suffering around this history. We sit allowing ourselves to be fully present to these...

read more

Lakota tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 0 comments

Lakota tribe struggles to stop surge in teen suicides

The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by adolescents in recent months has shaken this impoverished community and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission to stop the deaths. On Dec. 12, a 14-year-old boy hanged himself at his home on the reservation, a sprawling expanse of badlands on the South Dakota-Nebraska border. On Christmas Day, a 15-year-old girl was found dead, followed weeks later by a high school cheerleader....

read more

Holy Week in the Streets by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Reflections, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holy Week in the Streets by Bernie Glassman

Since Holy Week 2015 has just happened, I wish to talk about going on the streets during Holy Week, the week of Easter, the week of Passover, one of the saddest and most joyous times of the year. I go on the streets at other times of the year, too, and each occasion is special in its own way, but the streets feel different during Holy Week. The re-membrance and caring that spring to life during that time are unmistakable and unforgettable To give you a feel for what I mean, let me describe the 1996 Holy Week street retreat. We spent our first...

read more

Sharing The Mountain: Dharma Talk by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Dharma Talks, Podcasts, Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Sharing The Mountain: Dharma Talk by Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko

Living a Life that Matters #1: Sharing the Mountain Top By Roshis Bernie Glassman and Eve Myonen Marko Given on March 5th, 2015 at Sivananda Yoga Retreat at Nassau, Bahamas Transcribed by Scott Harris, photos by David Hobbs and Rami Efal PDF Version Introduction: We would like to welcome all the new guests that arrived at the Ashram today. And we would like to welcome that came for the program on “Living a Life That Matters,” that will start tonight. And to those that are here to participate in the annual gathering of the Zen Peacemakers...

read more

ZPO Newsletter April 2015

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Zen Peacemaker Order, ZPO Newsletters | 0 comments

ZPO Newsletter April 2015

The snow is slowly melting here in Montague, MA. The sparrows and squirrels take turns at the feeders behind the house and the days turn long and bright. With the turning of the season the Zen Peacemaker Order is turning, too. Our mission to serve all beings and its expression in the order’s structure and tenets are being reexamined. Together with the many ZPO retreats, workshops and trainings offered around the world, it’s exciting time to re-dedicate our intention and vows to practice and serve together. My name is Rami Efal and...

read more

Happy April Fools Day!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in News, Trickster | 1 comment

Happy April Fools Day!

The Zen Peacemaker Order is happy to announce that the Order of Disorder (OD) is being reinvigorated by Mr. Yoowho (Moshe Cohen), Nocando (Michel Dobbs), KuKu Sama (Peter Cunningham) and BoobySattva (Bernie Glassman.) Also, ON THE OCCASION OF OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY APRIL 1, 2015, THE HOLY DAY OF FOOLS, the Order of Disorder is Calling all clowns, fools, tricksters, and fun and funny-loving peoples to gather the weekend of October 23-25th at Village Zendo in New York City for the first OD Sesshin. Rejoice in ABSURDITY and celebrate THE CRACKS in...

read more

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Greyston’s Board of Directors Announced that Mike Brady, President of Greyston Bakery, has been named President and CEO of Greyston, expanding his leadership role to the entirety of Greyston. “We are pleased to have found a leader within our existing team who possesses both the passion for our mission, as well as a vision for what a successful organization should be in the 21st Century,” said Deborah Stewart, Chair of the Greyston Foundation Board of Directors. Mike was a Board Member of Greyston Foundation before being...

read more

Bearing Witness to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bearing Witness to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Bus Trip Monday, August 10, 2015 The Native American Bearing Witness Retreat, which will take place at the Black Hills, goes hand in hand with the history and present circumstances of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Lakota, eighth largest reservation in the country. Pine Ridge is the locus of several historic events in the history of the Lakota Nation, including the Badlands site where the last of the Ghost Dances was held, the ensuing massacre at Wounded Knee, the takeover of Badlands areas by the US government for...

read more

Climate Takuhatsu

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Environment | 1 comment

Climate Takuhatsu

I’m writing this as a part of my “climate takuhatsu”. Soon after we moved to Boulder last year, I started this practice. I go door to door in our neighborhood, knock, wait, if someone shows up, I offer my business card that says “PhD, climate scientist”, express my worry, and offer to speak anything about climate and how it related to the lives of people in front of me. Now, I’m knocking on the door of White Plum sangha and Zen peacemakers. As a part of a large environmental organization, I hear about and work on...

read more