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.

On Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

On  Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

As some of you know, 15 years ago, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen master, started studying clown with me.  Up to that point, all my students were performers. Bernie’s intent was not to become a clown, rather he wished to use “tools of tricksterdom and humor” to address out of balance situations in his Zen world. As a result, my approach to teaching shifted, and has continued to change ever since. The focus shifted from being clown to clowning. Suddenly my teaching perspective expanded from appying humor to performance to...

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Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

So, this is my second twenty years in Zen—sort of the second twenty. I will start around 1976. That’s about forty years ago. I had just received dharma transmission from my teacher. I’m not sure exactly when that was—I should know, it might have been ‘75; it might have been ’76. Sometimes I waste a little time trying to figure out years. But 1976 was the opening of a monastery in New York, Dai Bosatsu Monastery that Eido Shimano Roshi was in charge of. And he started in—that celebration started with a one week Sesshin, which he invited people...

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2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Registration is Now Open For September 1-5, 2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. To read more and/or to register click here. The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.

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Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

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

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Plunging in Israel-Palestine

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

In January 1994—it was my 55th birthday—I did a retreat in Washington, DC, bearing witness to the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, those in poverty, and those with AIDS? As a result of bearing witness in that retreat—I had gone there with no ideas of what to do. I had completed work on a major project in Yonkers, NY called Greyston, but I had no idea what I should be doing. So I sat in a five-day retreat, and I sat with that question. I bore witness to that question. And out of that came the vision of a...

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My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Today I’m going to talk about my first twenty years in Zen. How many in the room have been involved in Zen more than twenty years? One . . . in Zen? More than twenty years? Oh no, you were a Sufi. [Audience laughs] One, two, OK, three, four . . . wow! So I’ll ask the same question tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the second twenty years—the last day, the third twenty years. At any rate, my first twenty years—and what’s interesting—to me, at least—is each twenty years, the main activities which dictated my experiences that I had during those years....

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Hanuman-ji

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hanuman-ji

Thirty-five years ago, Hanuman-ji flew onto this land and into our lives. Since that time, the number of devotees packed into the small shrine room grows year by year, and the need for a new temple becomes ever more clear. In the following video, Ram Dass remembers how the murti of Hanuman made his way to New Mexico. He talks about how Hanuman's arrival here represents the establishment of the spirit of love and service in America, and how Maharaji is manifesting his love in the West through the heart-felt service of his devotees. Please...

read more

It was a Life

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Justice & Activism | 1 comment

It was a Life

Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian non-profit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence. He has been to many Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreats and is a close friend of Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko. Sami Awad, on...

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Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

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

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Bernie and Eve just returned from leading a retreat at Felsentor, Switzerland where Bernie spoke on his 60 year journey in Zen. The talks have been posted here (href=”/?page_id=10055). Transcripts will be posted as they are...

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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.

On Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

On  Clown, Zen and Spontaneity

As some of you know, 15 years ago, Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen master, started studying clown with me.  Up to that point, all my students were performers. Bernie’s intent was not to become a clown, rather he wished to use “tools of tricksterdom and humor” to address out of balance situations in his Zen world. As a result, my approach to teaching shifted, and has continued to change ever since. The focus shifted from being clown to clowning. Suddenly my teaching perspective expanded from appying humor to performance to...

read more

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Bernie’s 60 Years Jouney in Zen – The 2nd 20 Years: Social Action

So, this is my second twenty years in Zen—sort of the second twenty. I will start around 1976. That’s about forty years ago. I had just received dharma transmission from my teacher. I’m not sure exactly when that was—I should know, it might have been ‘75; it might have been ’76. Sometimes I waste a little time trying to figure out years. But 1976 was the opening of a monastery in New York, Dai Bosatsu Monastery that Eido Shimano Roshi was in charge of. And he started in—that celebration started with a one week Sesshin, which he invited people...

read more

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Registration is Now Open For September 1-5, 2015 Bearing Witness Retreat in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. To read more and/or to register click here. The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

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

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Take It To the Cleaners!, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Plunging in Israel-Palestine

In January 1994—it was my 55th birthday—I did a retreat in Washington, DC, bearing witness to the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, those in poverty, and those with AIDS? As a result of bearing witness in that retreat—I had gone there with no ideas of what to do. I had completed work on a major project in Yonkers, NY called Greyston, but I had no idea what I should be doing. So I sat in a five-day retreat, and I sat with that question. I bore witness to that question. And out of that came the vision of a...

read more

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

My 60 Years Jouney in Zen - First 20 Years

Today I’m going to talk about my first twenty years in Zen. How many in the room have been involved in Zen more than twenty years? One . . . in Zen? More than twenty years? Oh no, you were a Sufi. [Audience laughs] One, two, OK, three, four . . . wow! So I’ll ask the same question tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the second twenty years—the last day, the third twenty years. At any rate, my first twenty years—and what’s interesting—to me, at least—is each twenty years, the main activities which dictated my experiences that I had during those years....

read more

Hanuman-ji

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hanuman-ji

Thirty-five years ago, Hanuman-ji flew onto this land and into our lives. Since that time, the number of devotees packed into the small shrine room grows year by year, and the need for a new temple becomes ever more clear. In the following video, Ram Dass remembers how the murti of Hanuman made his way to New Mexico. He talks about how Hanuman's arrival here represents the establishment of the spirit of love and service in America, and how Maharaji is manifesting his love in the West through the heart-felt service of his devotees. Please...

read more

It was a Life

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Justice & Activism | 1 comment

It was a Life

Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian non-profit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with the Palestinian community at both the grassroots and leadership levels in developing nonviolent approaches that aim to end the Israeli occupation and build a future founded on the principles of nonviolence, equality, justice, and peaceful coexistence. He has been to many Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreats and is a close friend of Bernie Glassman and Eve Marko. Sami Awad, on...

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

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

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Bernie and Eve just returned from leading a retreat at Felsentor, Switzerland where Bernie spoke on his 60 year journey in Zen. The talks have been posted here (href=”/?page_id=10055). Transcripts will be posted as they are...

read more