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The Zen Peacemakers Blog is dedicated to providing news, reflections, essays and interviews to support, inspire and inform spiritual practitioners and social activists. We are pleased to offer high-quality content by our global network of Zen Peacemaker members and allies.

For the Sake of Children: Pilgrimage to Manzanar, Bearing Witness to Fear, Bonds, and Love

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Bearing Witness, Blog, Featured, Peace, Racism & Diversity, Reflections, Three Tenets of ZP, Zen Peacemaker Order | 1 comment

For the Sake of Children: Pilgrimage to Manzanar, Bearing Witness to Fear, Bonds, and Love

MANZANAR, CALIFORNIA, USA. “Bearing witness and experiencing the Three Tenets at Manzanar helped me, and gave me the courage, to touch deeper parts of myself. Whatever I saw at Manzanar: family love, family bonding, silence, community, and fear, was about me. It reflected me.” Last month on April 29, 2017, Zen Peacemaker Order member Nem Bajra joined 2,000 others and traveled to Manzanar, one of ten concentration camps that interned Japanese Americans during WWII, to participate in the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. The following piece details his personal experience of the pilgrimage.

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We Are Sumud, or If You Imagine It, It Will Be

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Inter-Faith, Justice & Activism, Native American, News, Non-Violence, Peace, Racism & Diversity, Socially Engaged Buddhism | 2 comments

We Are Sumud, or If You Imagine It, It Will Be

“Sumud, like so many other acts of heartful resistance, begins as an act of the imagination. Someone dares imagine that force, occupation, discrimination, poverty, and violence can end.” Eve Marko reflects on her recent trip to Israel, and acts of imagination and revolution.

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Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Roland

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Peace, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Three Tenets of ZP, Wellness, Work & Livelihood, Zen Peacemaker Family | 1 comment

Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Roland

At the site of gruesome human medical experiments, Sensei Dr. Roland Yakushi Wegmüller has been serving and ministering the participants of the Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness retreat for the past 14 years. In this personal essay, Roland reflects on his role as the retreat’s doctor, the healing and kindness in the old camp, and the rich experiences and connections he’s had with his patients there. Deutsch nach Englisch.

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Rags to Rakusus: Irene

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Blog, Reflections, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemaker Order, Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Rags to Rakusus: Irene

YONKERS, NEW YORK STATE, USA. A prayer flag, a childhood friend’s pajamas, her teacher’s denim, a t-shirt collected on a street retreat – The Zen Peacemaker Rakusu is a garment that those who take the Buddhist vows sew from discarded materials or of meaningful origins. In this first post of the series “Rags to Rakusus,” Irene Ji Un Edelmann of New York reflects on her experience of creating hers. “[It] is symbolic of the tapestry of life and the little pieces that form a whole.”

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No Pretension, Much Humor: Bernie’s Visit to Vassar College, April 2017

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Bernie's Opinions, Blog, Dharma Talks, Featured, Teachers, Three Tenets of ZP | 3 comments

No Pretension, Much Humor: Bernie’s Visit to Vassar College, April 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK STATE, USA. “Not once in his speech did Roshi Glassman use words like ‘consciousness,’ ‘freedom,’ or even ‘enlightenment,’…What he spoke repeatedly of was ‘taking action'” — Rick Jarow​, Professor of Religion/Asian Studies and Chairman of the Carolyn Grant Endowment Committee at Vassar College, hosted Bernie Glassman​ and reflects on his visit on campus.

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Bernie’s Recovery Fund

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Bernie's Health, Featured, News, Teachers, Uncategorized, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Bernie’s Recovery Fund

MONTAGUE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA. We are gathering funds for a $14,000 treatment developed by world-renowned neuroscientist Edward Taub at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Taub Therapy Clinic. Bernie has undergone one such treatment in October 2016 concentrating on his right leg. This treatment was instrumental in helping him travel and participate in the 2016 Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. This next 2-week treatment will concentrate on his right arm, and this amount will cover the treatment, his travel and compensation for an accompanying caregiver. We thank all those who have contributed in the past and encourage all those who can contribute towards this next phase to do so again.

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Support Zen Peacemakers in 2017

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bernie's Health, Featured, Inter-Faith, Ministries, News, Non-Violence, Opportunities for Action, Socially Engaged Buddhism, Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Support Zen Peacemakers in 2017

Zen Peacemakers, inc., as founded by Bernie Glassman, is the home of engaged Buddhism based on the Three Tenets – Not Knowing, Bearing witness and Taking Action. With these three simple principles, Zen Peacemakers has borne witness and engaged today’s most challenging social issues. 2017 promises new global social, ecological and ultimately spiritual challenges. Zen Peacemakers is committed to engage them and we invite you to help.

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WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Bernie Glassman, Bernie's Health, Reflections | 0 comments

WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

“And though we were talking lightly and easily, we were really looking at each other and asking, ‘So who are you after these days away? Who are you, really?’ And I realized that that’s really the question I ask every morning when Bernie gets up. So much has happened, so much has changed.” Eve reflects on her reunion with Bernie after his first public talk since the stroke, which took place this past Tuesday, April 25th, at Vassar College.

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