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.

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,...

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ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

The Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program at Auschwitz for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The first cadre of trainees are long-term members of the ZPO and have been on staff at the Auschwitz Retreat for many years. If you are interested in becoming a trainee in this program, please sign up for both the 2014 Auschwitz Retreat and the Council Training held on the Saturday before the Retreat. To read about the Zen Peacemaker Order, link...

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Let All Eat Cafes

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Hunger, Hunger Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

Let All Eat Cafes

Jeff Bridges, who has been fighting hunger for decades, teamed up with the Zen Peacemakers to create “Let All Eat” Cafés to feed their communities in ways tailored to each location.  Bridges met Zen Peacemakers founder Bernie Glassman in Santa Barbara in 1999.  Over the years, their friendship and partnership have developed.  At Zen Peacemakers’ Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism, Jeff Bridges discussed his work to end hunger. “Let All Eat” Cafés are inspired by the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, NY and the Stone Soup Café...

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Mandala Energies

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Mandala Energies

The following is excerpted from Instructions to the Cook by Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields, Bell Tower, 1996. This book is a primer on how to work with the mandala energies. A Mandala consists of five main “courses” or aspects of life. The first course involves spirituality or vision; the second course is composed of training; the third course deals with our resources; the fourth course is made out of action, and the last course consists of integration. All of these main courses are an essential part of our life. Just as we all need certain...

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Interconnectedness: The Rug That Ties the Room Together

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 4 comments

Interconnectedness: The Rug That Ties the Room Together

It is the opinion of many scientists (including me) that about 15 billion years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe. This explosion is known as the Big Bang. At the point of this event all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point. What existed prior to this event is completely unknown and is a matter of pure speculation. This occurrence was not a conventional explosion but rather an event filling all of space with all of the particles of the embryonic universe rushing away from each other. The...

read more

Homeless and At-Risk Youth Gluten Free Bakery

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Homelessness, Hunger Ministry, Social Entrepreneurship, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

Homeless and At-Risk Youth Gluten Free Bakery

Please support Ven. Pannavati by linking here and donating to her project. Through culinary pre-apprenticeship training and social entrepreneurship, MyPlace has forged a proven path to independence for homeless youth in rural America.

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Peter Matthiessen to Publish New Novel

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Peter Matthiessen to Publish New Novel

Peter Matthiessen, a National Book Award winner, Zen teacher, in the Zen Peacemakers tradition, and a founder of The Paris Review, has written a new novel, his publisher said on Tuesday. Roshi Matthiessen, a renowned writer of fiction and nonfiction, said in a statement that “at age 86, it may be my last word.” The book, “In Paradise,” is the story of a group that comes together “for a weeklong meditation retreat at the site of a World War II concentration camp, and the grief, rage, bewildering transports and upsetting revelations that...

read more

Street Retreat in Tel Aviv by Uri Ayalon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Street Ministry | 7 comments

Street Retreat in Tel Aviv by Uri Ayalon

Uri Ayalon Reports on Street Retreat in Tel Aviv From the blog of Uri Ayalon translated by Ruth Bar-Eden   My father thinks I’m crazy.  That’s nothing new.  Only a crazy person could claim that capitalism is not a directive from heaven; that giving and sharing are man’s basic instincts; and that a life of self-examination, study, and change are better than a life of habit and comfort. On Yom Kippur I went on a journey in the southern part of Tel-Aviv with no money, no mobile, and no sleeping bag, and with a group of...

read more

Yom Kippur in the Streets of Tel-Aviv 2013 by Lilach Shamir

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Street Ministry | 3 comments

Yom Kippur in the Streets of Tel-Aviv 2013 by Lilach Shamir

This Yom Kippur I won’t be in synagogue. The day before the holiday a group of people, invited by Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi, a friend and teacher, and the Zen teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman, gathered in the streets of south Tel-Aviv, in Lewinski Park. We stayed there without phones, money, identification papers or possessions save the clothes we wore. People dear to me asked if I was crazy: What are you doing this for? Be careful not to catch polio. Are you normal? It’s dangerous out there … I asked myself the same questions, and more. It...

read more

Bernie’s Reflections on Issan Dorsey

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions, Contemplative Care | 11 comments

Bernie’s Reflections on Issan Dorsey

In my experience, many people come to Zen practice because they love the stories of Zen masters of long ago. They love reading about outrageous teachers who said strange things and acted in even stranger ways, seeming like children, fools, and even madmen to the rest of society. It has also been my experience that while we love these characters that lived hundreds of years ago, we don’t love them so much while they’re still living. We don’t always love our present day madmen and eccentrics, for these are the people who manifest our shadow....

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.

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

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

The Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program at Auschwitz for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The first cadre of trainees are long-term members of the ZPO and have been on staff at the Auschwitz Retreat for many years. If you are interested in becoming a trainee in this program, please sign up for both the 2014 Auschwitz Retreat and the Council Training held on the Saturday before the Retreat. To read about the Zen Peacemaker Order, link...

read more

Let All Eat Cafes

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Hunger, Hunger Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

Let All Eat Cafes

Jeff Bridges, who has been fighting hunger for decades, teamed up with the Zen Peacemakers to create “Let All Eat” Cafés to feed their communities in ways tailored to each location.  Bridges met Zen Peacemakers founder Bernie Glassman in Santa Barbara in 1999.  Over the years, their friendship and partnership have developed.  At Zen Peacemakers’ Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism, Jeff Bridges discussed his work to end hunger. “Let All Eat” Cafés are inspired by the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, NY and the Stone Soup Café...

read more

Mandala Energies

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Mandala Energies

The following is excerpted from Instructions to the Cook by Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields, Bell Tower, 1996. This book is a primer on how to work with the mandala energies. A Mandala consists of five main “courses” or aspects of life. The first course involves spirituality or vision; the second course is composed of training; the third course deals with our resources; the fourth course is made out of action, and the last course consists of integration. All of these main courses are an essential part of our life. Just as we all need certain...

read more

Interconnectedness: The Rug That Ties the Room Together

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions | 4 comments

Interconnectedness: The Rug That Ties the Room Together

It is the opinion of many scientists (including me) that about 15 billion years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe. This explosion is known as the Big Bang. At the point of this event all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point. What existed prior to this event is completely unknown and is a matter of pure speculation. This occurrence was not a conventional explosion but rather an event filling all of space with all of the particles of the embryonic universe rushing away from each other. The...

read more

Homeless and At-Risk Youth Gluten Free Bakery

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Homelessness, Hunger Ministry, Social Entrepreneurship, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

Homeless and At-Risk Youth Gluten Free Bakery

Please support Ven. Pannavati by linking here and donating to her project. Through culinary pre-apprenticeship training and social entrepreneurship, MyPlace has forged a proven path to independence for homeless youth in rural America.

read more

Peter Matthiessen to Publish New Novel

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Peter Matthiessen to Publish New Novel

Peter Matthiessen, a National Book Award winner, Zen teacher, in the Zen Peacemakers tradition, and a founder of The Paris Review, has written a new novel, his publisher said on Tuesday. Roshi Matthiessen, a renowned writer of fiction and nonfiction, said in a statement that “at age 86, it may be my last word.” The book, “In Paradise,” is the story of a group that comes together “for a weeklong meditation retreat at the site of a World War II concentration camp, and the grief, rage, bewildering transports and upsetting revelations that...

read more

Street Retreat in Tel Aviv by Uri Ayalon

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Street Ministry | 7 comments

Street Retreat in Tel Aviv by Uri Ayalon

Uri Ayalon Reports on Street Retreat in Tel Aviv From the blog of Uri Ayalon translated by Ruth Bar-Eden   My father thinks I’m crazy.  That’s nothing new.  Only a crazy person could claim that capitalism is not a directive from heaven; that giving and sharing are man’s basic instincts; and that a life of self-examination, study, and change are better than a life of habit and comfort. On Yom Kippur I went on a journey in the southern part of Tel-Aviv with no money, no mobile, and no sleeping bag, and with a group of...

read more

Yom Kippur in the Streets of Tel-Aviv 2013 by Lilach Shamir

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Street Ministry | 3 comments

Yom Kippur in the Streets of Tel-Aviv 2013 by Lilach Shamir

This Yom Kippur I won’t be in synagogue. The day before the holiday a group of people, invited by Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi, a friend and teacher, and the Zen teacher Roshi Bernie Glassman, gathered in the streets of south Tel-Aviv, in Lewinski Park. We stayed there without phones, money, identification papers or possessions save the clothes we wore. People dear to me asked if I was crazy: What are you doing this for? Be careful not to catch polio. Are you normal? It’s dangerous out there … I asked myself the same questions, and more. It...

read more

Bernie’s Reflections on Issan Dorsey

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Bernie's Opinions, Contemplative Care | 11 comments

Bernie’s Reflections on Issan Dorsey

In my experience, many people come to Zen practice because they love the stories of Zen masters of long ago. They love reading about outrageous teachers who said strange things and acted in even stranger ways, seeming like children, fools, and even madmen to the rest of society. It has also been my experience that while we love these characters that lived hundreds of years ago, we don’t love them so much while they’re still living. We don’t always love our present day madmen and eccentrics, for these are the people who manifest our shadow....

read more
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