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.

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

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

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

“This training has changed a lot of things in my life and I know it will change others who are in my life.  I think these changes will lead to greater peace.” “Council brings a great methodology that gives participants permission to be really there and bring up what is alive inside himself or herself naturally and without forcing emotions.” “Through studying Council these days, I have learned important things about conflict exploration, healing, working with trauma and so much more.” “This training has helped me find my own peace so that I...

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Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

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

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

At the invitation of Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers, I travelled to Kigali to work with a group of peaceworkers committed to healing their country.  The lead NGO, Memos, had assembled a group of fourteen participants for an Introduction to Council training workshop, culled from 10 local NGOs.  These fourteen were to participate in the upcoming Bearing Witness Retreat, offered as part of Rwanda’s commemoration of The Genocide Against the Tutsis that took place 20 years ago, in 1994. The Rwanda government has been very active in...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I (Bernie) just received this: The Purpose Economy 100 is being released shortly and I am thrilled to share that you are on the list. In partnership with CSRWire, we conducted a three month search for the most inspiring pioneers of the new economy. We received hundreds of nominations and finally narrowed it down to the 100 who we felt best exemplified the spirit of the new economy, including you. The Purpose Economy 100 highlights disruptive innovators, policy-setters, taste-makers and researchers who are transforming our innate need for...

read more

Gratitude

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Gratitude

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Dear Friends, Many of you have called, emailed, written, Facebooked, and Skyped to wish me a happy birthday. I am grateful for your words and friendship. As many of you know, I was born to a Jewish Brooklyn family, so as I turn 75 I’m reminded of the Jewish blessing: Blessed be the One that has brought us to this day. Since all of us are this One, I am thinking today of the many people who have brought me to this day through their work, energy, devotion, and love. I think of my parents, one of whom died just seven...

read more

Report from Rwanda: Loving Action Arising

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

Report from Rwanda: Loving Action Arising

Report by Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council, on leaving Rwanda after training Rwandans to be Council Facilitators for the upcoming Rwandan Bearing Witness Retreat in April 2014. This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. I will detail the events in a more comprehensive report; for now I want to let you know that 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...

read more

Launching Elder Fund for Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Launching Elder Fund for Bernie Glassman

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Donate to the Elder Fund In honor of Bernie’s 75th Birthday and the work he has done, Zen Peacemakers has established an Elder Fund to sustain Bernie and Eve when Bernie can no longer maintain his schedule of retreats and workshops and the related income ends. A leader among the first generation of American Zen teachers, Bernie Glassman served as abbot of various Zen centers, was the first President of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of America, and...

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In Memoriam: Bhante Suhita Dharma

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In Memoriam: Bhante Suhita Dharma

From San Francisco Zen Center Blog As we will be chanting the Great Compassionate Mind Dharani in a memorial service next week acknowledging Venerable Bhante Suhita Dharma’s passing, we thought to offer this article written by Lee Lipp for the Windbell, a publication of San Francisco Zen Center. Here are some excerpts from the article in Windbell’s Summer 2001 edition that point to Venerable’s continuing generosity to SFZC as he engaged with our sangha’s Teachers in Residence Program, which had started that year. … Zen Center hopes to to...

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ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Bernie Glassman Leads a Training Program That Begins November 8, 2014 Fee until January 31, 2014: $4500 Fee after January 31, 2014 will be $5000   Zen Peacemaker Order Bearing Witness Training Program The Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, the Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice, on The Way of Council,  on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That is followed by the Bearing...

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Personal Relections on Bearing Witness in Rwanda by Roshi Eve Myonen Marko

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bearing Witness Retreats | 1 comment

Personal Relections on Bearing Witness in Rwanda by Roshi Eve Myonen Marko

People often don’t understand such a bearing witness trip. I have been asked why anyone would travel a long way to East Africa to listen to people describe a genocide perpetrated on them close to 20 years ago. Someone asked me candidly if I felt a peculiar attraction to terrible suffering. I can only speak of my experience. Of course, as a member of a family that suffered from the Jewish Holocaust, I have a special interest in how another ethnic group of humans fared after being designated cockroaches, or untermenschen. The two genocides...

read more

Bernie’s Opinion on The Dude Abides

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Bernie’s Opinion on The Dude Abides

Hui-Neng, upon hearing a monk quoting from the Diamond Sutra, is said to have been enlightened. The quote he heard was: “Abiding nowhere, raise the Bodhi Mind.” In the end of the movie by the Coen brothers, the Big Lebowski, the Dude says: “The Dude Abides.” In my opinion, there is a wonderful similarity between these two statements. Abiding nowhere is another way of stating the first Tenet of the Zen Peacemakers, Not-Knowing. Abiding nowhere means not being attached to any of my concepts or opinions, being totally open to What is. Therefore,...

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.

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

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

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

“This training has changed a lot of things in my life and I know it will change others who are in my life.  I think these changes will lead to greater peace.” “Council brings a great methodology that gives participants permission to be really there and bring up what is alive inside himself or herself naturally and without forcing emotions.” “Through studying Council these days, I have learned important things about conflict exploration, healing, working with trauma and so much more.” “This training has helped me find my own peace so that I...

read more

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

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

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

At the invitation of Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers, I travelled to Kigali to work with a group of peaceworkers committed to healing their country.  The lead NGO, Memos, had assembled a group of fourteen participants for an Introduction to Council training workshop, culled from 10 local NGOs.  These fourteen were to participate in the upcoming Bearing Witness Retreat, offered as part of Rwanda’s commemoration of The Genocide Against the Tutsis that took place 20 years ago, in 1994. The Rwanda government has been very active in...

read more

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I (Bernie) just received this: The Purpose Economy 100 is being released shortly and I am thrilled to share that you are on the list. In partnership with CSRWire, we conducted a three month search for the most inspiring pioneers of the new economy. We received hundreds of nominations and finally narrowed it down to the 100 who we felt best exemplified the spirit of the new economy, including you. The Purpose Economy 100 highlights disruptive innovators, policy-setters, taste-makers and researchers who are transforming our innate need for...

read more

Gratitude

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Gratitude

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Dear Friends, Many of you have called, emailed, written, Facebooked, and Skyped to wish me a happy birthday. I am grateful for your words and friendship. As many of you know, I was born to a Jewish Brooklyn family, so as I turn 75 I’m reminded of the Jewish blessing: Blessed be the One that has brought us to this day. Since all of us are this One, I am thinking today of the many people who have brought me to this day through their work, energy, devotion, and love. I think of my parents, one of whom died just seven...

read more

Report from Rwanda: Loving Action Arising

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

Report from Rwanda: Loving Action Arising

Report by Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council, on leaving Rwanda after training Rwandans to be Council Facilitators for the upcoming Rwandan Bearing Witness Retreat in April 2014. This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. I will detail the events in a more comprehensive report; for now I want to let you know that 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...

read more

Launching Elder Fund for Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Launching Elder Fund for Bernie Glassman

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Donate to the Elder Fund In honor of Bernie’s 75th Birthday and the work he has done, Zen Peacemakers has established an Elder Fund to sustain Bernie and Eve when Bernie can no longer maintain his schedule of retreats and workshops and the related income ends. A leader among the first generation of American Zen teachers, Bernie Glassman served as abbot of various Zen centers, was the first President of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of America, and...

read more

In Memoriam: Bhante Suhita Dharma

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In Memoriam: Bhante Suhita Dharma

From San Francisco Zen Center Blog As we will be chanting the Great Compassionate Mind Dharani in a memorial service next week acknowledging Venerable Bhante Suhita Dharma’s passing, we thought to offer this article written by Lee Lipp for the Windbell, a publication of San Francisco Zen Center. Here are some excerpts from the article in Windbell’s Summer 2001 edition that point to Venerable’s continuing generosity to SFZC as he engaged with our sangha’s Teachers in Residence Program, which had started that year. … Zen Center hopes to to...

read more

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Bernie Glassman Leads a Training Program That Begins November 8, 2014 Fee until January 31, 2014: $4500 Fee after January 31, 2014 will be $5000   Zen Peacemaker Order Bearing Witness Training Program The Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, the Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice, on The Way of Council,  on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That is followed by the Bearing...

read more

Personal Relections on Bearing Witness in Rwanda by Roshi Eve Myonen Marko

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bearing Witness Retreats | 1 comment

Personal Relections on Bearing Witness in Rwanda by Roshi Eve Myonen Marko

People often don’t understand such a bearing witness trip. I have been asked why anyone would travel a long way to East Africa to listen to people describe a genocide perpetrated on them close to 20 years ago. Someone asked me candidly if I felt a peculiar attraction to terrible suffering. I can only speak of my experience. Of course, as a member of a family that suffered from the Jewish Holocaust, I have a special interest in how another ethnic group of humans fared after being designated cockroaches, or untermenschen. The two genocides...

read more

Bernie’s Opinion on The Dude Abides

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Bernie’s Opinion on The Dude Abides

Hui-Neng, upon hearing a monk quoting from the Diamond Sutra, is said to have been enlightened. The quote he heard was: “Abiding nowhere, raise the Bodhi Mind.” In the end of the movie by the Coen brothers, the Big Lebowski, the Dude says: “The Dude Abides.” In my opinion, there is a wonderful similarity between these two statements. Abiding nowhere is another way of stating the first Tenet of the Zen Peacemakers, Not-Knowing. Abiding nowhere means not being attached to any of my concepts or opinions, being totally open to What is. Therefore,...

read more
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