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.

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Greyston | 2 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...

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Climate Takuhatsu

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Environment | 3 comments

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

Between madness and truth: What our inner trickster can teach us

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Trickster | 7 comments

Between madness and truth: What our inner trickster can teach us

From HaAretz By Gabriel Bukobza Our socialization requires that we tame our impulses, but we pay a price for this suppression. That’s why cultures have created characters that live outside the conventions – for us to learn from. A fundamental stage in a child’s development is the ability to regulate bodily wastes. Understanding that the place for this is the toilet bowl and not the bed or elsewhere shows acceptance of the principles of reality. Being weaned from soiling and wetting symbolizes the onset of the internalization of the rules of...

read more

Greyston’s Mission and History

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Greyston’s Mission and History

Greyston’s Mission Greyston is a force for personal transformation and community economic renewal. We operate a profitable business, baking high quality products with a commitment to customer satisfaction. Grounded in a philosophy that we call PathMaking, we create jobs and provide integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency. Our History Greyston has a successful 30 year history that’s grounded in a philosophy to better our community and the lives within it. This philosophy...

read more

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Racism & Diversity | 1 comment

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests. Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets following the passage of a law that would allow temporary residents who hold “white papers” to vote. More than one million Rohingya live in Myanmar, but they are not regarded as citizens by the government. In 2012, violence between Muslims and Buddhists left more than 200 dead. The clashes broke out in Rakhine province and sparked religious...

read more

One Baker’s Mission to Embrace Change

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Greyston | 3 comments

One Baker’s Mission to Embrace Change

Our journey sharing Full Circle stories continues. Today, we reveal Raymond’s story: a true testimony to our community of dreamers and achievers. Through him, we hope you will see the inspirational strength and love that defines Greyston Bakery. Raymond grew up in Yonkers smelling the delicious chocolate scent which signifies proximity to the bakery producing over 30,000 pounds of brownies daily. Raymond’s father left he and his mother at an early age and his hardworking mother had to work long hours. Raymond began selling drugs with some...

read more

Reflections by Eve Marko on Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 12 comments

Reflections by Eve Marko on Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation

Reflections by Eve Marko on Exploratory Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation Whiteclay, Nebraska Whiteclay, Nebraska Birgil Kills Straight Tuffy Sierra Tuffy Sierra Retreat Site Winter Retreat Site Retreat Site Retreat Site Map Retreat Site Retreat Site Tiokasin Ghosthorse Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills The slideshow is paused and the title is shown when your mouse hovers over the picture. Whiteclay, Nebraska, is not a town like others on the map. It consists of some half...

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Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Talks given on Dec 15 –  18, 2015 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Bahamas Retreat Center.  How do we live a meaningful life? In their own special and engaging way, Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko share their experiences of living the life of a homeless person during street retreats and other social activism projects, such as the Bearing Witness projects. Through spiritual teachings, personal stories, and a good dose of humor, these two distinguished and charismatic spiritual leaders inspire you to take action and make your...

read more

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

A trip to the Greyston bakery always ends up delivering a cookie and a smile, but at the bakery run by Mike Brady, the extra icing is its stated goal of also serving up a second chance. The recipe for the success of their enterprise includes a commitment to employing a range of chronically unemployed people, including former convicts and recovering addicts. Mike, the President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise using entrepreneurship to address the issues of...

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.

Mike Brady Named President & CEO of Greyston

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Greyston | 2 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 | 3 comments

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

Between madness and truth: What our inner trickster can teach us

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Trickster | 7 comments

Between madness and truth: What our inner trickster can teach us

From HaAretz By Gabriel Bukobza Our socialization requires that we tame our impulses, but we pay a price for this suppression. That’s why cultures have created characters that live outside the conventions – for us to learn from. A fundamental stage in a child’s development is the ability to regulate bodily wastes. Understanding that the place for this is the toilet bowl and not the bed or elsewhere shows acceptance of the principles of reality. Being weaned from soiling and wetting symbolizes the onset of the internalization of the rules of...

read more

Greyston’s Mission and History

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

Greyston’s Mission and History

Greyston’s Mission Greyston is a force for personal transformation and community economic renewal. We operate a profitable business, baking high quality products with a commitment to customer satisfaction. Grounded in a philosophy that we call PathMaking, we create jobs and provide integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency. Our History Greyston has a successful 30 year history that’s grounded in a philosophy to better our community and the lives within it. This philosophy...

read more

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Racism & Diversity | 1 comment

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests. Hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets following the passage of a law that would allow temporary residents who hold “white papers” to vote. More than one million Rohingya live in Myanmar, but they are not regarded as citizens by the government. In 2012, violence between Muslims and Buddhists left more than 200 dead. The clashes broke out in Rakhine province and sparked religious...

read more

One Baker’s Mission to Embrace Change

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Greyston | 3 comments

One Baker’s Mission to Embrace Change

Our journey sharing Full Circle stories continues. Today, we reveal Raymond’s story: a true testimony to our community of dreamers and achievers. Through him, we hope you will see the inspirational strength and love that defines Greyston Bakery. Raymond grew up in Yonkers smelling the delicious chocolate scent which signifies proximity to the bakery producing over 30,000 pounds of brownies daily. Raymond’s father left he and his mother at an early age and his hardworking mother had to work long hours. Raymond began selling drugs with some...

read more

Reflections by Eve Marko on Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Bearing Witness | 12 comments

Reflections by Eve Marko on Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation

Reflections by Eve Marko on Exploratory Visit to the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Reservation Whiteclay, Nebraska Whiteclay, Nebraska Birgil Kills Straight Tuffy Sierra Tuffy Sierra Retreat Site Winter Retreat Site Retreat Site Retreat Site Map Retreat Site Retreat Site Tiokasin Ghosthorse Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills Black Hills The slideshow is paused and the title is shown when your mouse hovers over the picture. Whiteclay, Nebraska, is not a town like others on the map. It consists of some half...

read more

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Living a Life That Matters by Roshis Bernie & Eve Marko

Talks given on Dec 15 –  18, 2015 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Bahamas Retreat Center.  How do we live a meaningful life? In their own special and engaging way, Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko share their experiences of living the life of a homeless person during street retreats and other social activism projects, such as the Bearing Witness projects. Through spiritual teachings, personal stories, and a good dose of humor, these two distinguished and charismatic spiritual leaders inspire you to take action and make your...

read more

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Greyston | 0 comments

A trip to the Greyston bakery always ends up delivering a cookie and a smile, but at the bakery run by Mike Brady, the extra icing is its stated goal of also serving up a second chance. The recipe for the success of their enterprise includes a commitment to employing a range of chronically unemployed people, including former convicts and recovering addicts. Mike, the President and CEO at Greyston Bakery, is building on the Bakery’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise using entrepreneurship to address the issues of...

read more