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.

The Gypsy Girl

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness | 7 comments

The Gypsy Girl

    The Gypsy Girl   By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko Drawing by Manfred Bockelmann   On the window ledge behind my altar is a charcoal drawing of a Gypsy girl who was killed at Auschwitz/Birkenau, done by the Austrian artist, Manfred Bockelmann. For the past ten years Bockelmann has done charcoal drawings of children and young people killed by the Nazis from photos taken by the SS (http://manfred-bockelmann.de/arbeiten/zeichnungen/zeichnen-gegen-das-vergessen/). The photo was given me by a participant at the Auschwitz retreat...

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Bernie’s Training: In the Beginning

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Reflections, Training, ZPO Newsletters | 6 comments

Bernie’s Training: In the Beginning

Essay By Bernie Glassman Picture by Peter Cunningham I was just doing zen meditation and one day I had an experience in which I felt I lost my mind—and it terrified me. And out of that experience, what came up was I quit Zazen. I quit for a year. I was so terrified by what had happened. That night I had to keep the lights on in the house. I had no idea what was going on. And so I stayed away, and it could have been forever. That experience could have led me to stop doing Zazen forever. But, I had read a book called Three Pillars of Zen, which...

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Book: “Pearls of Ash & Awe” & 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness | 0 comments

Book: “Pearls of Ash & Awe” & 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

20 Years of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz with Bernie Glassman & the Zen Peacemakers In 1996, Zen Master Bernie Glassman went to bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time – together with 150 other people from ten nations. Ever since, peacemakers from many cultures and religions all over the world have joined this retreat each year. In the infamous place where the mechanized murder of more than a million people took place, participants not only encountered the horrors of the past but also explored the limits of their own...

read more

2016 Bosnia/Herzegovina Retreat Postponed, Process Continues

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

2016 Bosnia/Herzegovina Retreat Postponed, Process Continues

The Zen Peacemaker Order has decided to continue the peace work process in Bosnia while postponing the retreat to 2017. Please read ahead on some of our reasonings. We at the ZPO are grateful for all those who have contributed, participated and supported this process to date. We are particularly grateful and excited to keep our collaboration with our friends at Center for Peacebuilding in Bosnia as we develop and listen to the process of bearing witness, to take action, together. We say Never again. But the impulse towards having one way of...

read more

Promote the ZPO Peace Work in 2016

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Head for Peace, News, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Promote the ZPO Peace Work in 2016

The Zen Peacemaker Order is dedicated to a spiritual practice that is rooted in social engagement. The ZPO’s peace work consists of executing and planning peacebuilding Bearing Witness Retreats in Auschwitz/Birkenau, with the Lakota nation on Turtle Island (Northern US), in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Rwanda as well as through ministering refugees, veterans, the environment, race-awareness, homelessness, poverty and more. This work requires your ongoing support, and we’d like to offer a special way to do so. For any donation of $1,000 or...

read more

Join the ZPO Programs in 2016

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Join the ZPO Programs in 2016

December is midway and many of us are now or will soon celebrate warmth, closeness and connection with our loved ones around the world. It has been a while since we sent out one of our newsletters, partailly due to our busy season last month around the 20th Anniversary Bearing Witness Retreat in Auschwitz/Birknau. It was attended by 134 people from 20 different countries. We invite you to read more about our current programs and encourage you to join and share them with those you know. LAST TWO WEEKS for SPECIAL ZPO MEMBERS DISCOUNT for  21ST...

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ZPO Trainings at Events

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trainings in the Zen Peacemaker Order are given around the world at various ZPO Events. Link here to view upcoming trainings at ZPO Training Centers Link below to view trainings at various ZPO Bearing Witness Retreats. 3-Tenets Workshop Including Native American Bearing Witness Retreat 3-Tenets Workshop Including Auschwitz Bearing Witness...

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Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA Part 2: Mudras

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Dharma Talks, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA Part 2: Mudras

This talk was given  by Roshis Bernie Glassman and  Egyoku Nakao at their workshop on the Gate of Sweet Nectar liturgy in April 2015 at ZCLA. It was transcribed by Scott Harris. All right, you have a handout with all the mudras. As Bernie mentioned, Michael O’Keefe has been doing these mudras for several decades, doing The Gate every day. On a recent trip to L.A., he and I (Egyoku) got together, and I had a tutorial from him. And then I asked Jitsujo, who many of you from Sweetwater know, to do the finger drawings. OK, so let’s get started....

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Bernie’s Rap on the Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 0 comments

Bernie’s Rap on the Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA, Part 1

This talk was given at ZCLA at Roshi Bernie Glassman’s workshop on the Gate liturgy in April 2015. It was transcribed by Scott Harris.   We are chanting my translation (with Maezumi Roshi) and adaptation (with Maezumi’s encouragement) of the Japanese Soto Zen liturgy Kan Ro Mon; Ro actually, literally means dew. But in the Buddhist sense, it has the same feeling as “nectar.” Gate of Sweet Nectar—so it’s a special kind of “dew” that helps you to realize the oneness of life—that is to appreciate your spouse. And Mon just means a...

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How Richard Gere and Bernie Glassman Offer Solutions for the Homeless

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

How Richard Gere and Bernie Glassman Offer Solutions for the Homeless

Written by Michaela Haas for Huffington Post, September 21, 2015. One winter day I got stuck with Richard Gere in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was traveling with friends of mine, and a snowstorm grounded their plane to Bhutan. We spent a delightful day in Kathmandu, exploring the local art shops. While he gracefully accepted the wishes of enthusiastic fans to give autographs, he talked about his hope that maybe Bhutan would be the one place on earth where he could travel incognito. Television was still a novelty in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, so he...

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.

The Gypsy Girl

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness | 7 comments

The Gypsy Girl

    The Gypsy Girl   By Roshi Eve Myonen Marko Drawing by Manfred Bockelmann   On the window ledge behind my altar is a charcoal drawing of a Gypsy girl who was killed at Auschwitz/Birkenau, done by the Austrian artist, Manfred Bockelmann. For the past ten years Bockelmann has done charcoal drawings of children and young people killed by the Nazis from photos taken by the SS (http://manfred-bockelmann.de/arbeiten/zeichnungen/zeichnen-gegen-das-vergessen/). The photo was given me by a participant at the Auschwitz retreat...

read more

Bernie’s Training: In the Beginning

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Reflections, Training, ZPO Newsletters | 6 comments

Bernie’s Training: In the Beginning

Essay By Bernie Glassman Picture by Peter Cunningham I was just doing zen meditation and one day I had an experience in which I felt I lost my mind—and it terrified me. And out of that experience, what came up was I quit Zazen. I quit for a year. I was so terrified by what had happened. That night I had to keep the lights on in the house. I had no idea what was going on. And so I stayed away, and it could have been forever. That experience could have led me to stop doing Zazen forever. But, I had read a book called Three Pillars of Zen, which...

read more

Book: “Pearls of Ash & Awe” & 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness | 0 comments

Book: “Pearls of Ash & Awe” & 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat

20 Years of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz with Bernie Glassman & the Zen Peacemakers In 1996, Zen Master Bernie Glassman went to bear witness at Auschwitz-Birkenau for the first time – together with 150 other people from ten nations. Ever since, peacemakers from many cultures and religions all over the world have joined this retreat each year. In the infamous place where the mechanized murder of more than a million people took place, participants not only encountered the horrors of the past but also explored the limits of their own...

read more

2016 Bosnia/Herzegovina Retreat Postponed, Process Continues

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Bearing Witness, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

2016 Bosnia/Herzegovina Retreat Postponed, Process Continues

The Zen Peacemaker Order has decided to continue the peace work process in Bosnia while postponing the retreat to 2017. Please read ahead on some of our reasonings. We at the ZPO are grateful for all those who have contributed, participated and supported this process to date. We are particularly grateful and excited to keep our collaboration with our friends at Center for Peacebuilding in Bosnia as we develop and listen to the process of bearing witness, to take action, together. We say Never again. But the impulse towards having one way of...

read more

Promote the ZPO Peace Work in 2016

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Head for Peace, News, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Promote the ZPO Peace Work in 2016

The Zen Peacemaker Order is dedicated to a spiritual practice that is rooted in social engagement. The ZPO’s peace work consists of executing and planning peacebuilding Bearing Witness Retreats in Auschwitz/Birkenau, with the Lakota nation on Turtle Island (Northern US), in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Rwanda as well as through ministering refugees, veterans, the environment, race-awareness, homelessness, poverty and more. This work requires your ongoing support, and we’d like to offer a special way to do so. For any donation of $1,000 or...

read more

Join the ZPO Programs in 2016

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Join the ZPO Programs in 2016

December is midway and many of us are now or will soon celebrate warmth, closeness and connection with our loved ones around the world. It has been a while since we sent out one of our newsletters, partailly due to our busy season last month around the 20th Anniversary Bearing Witness Retreat in Auschwitz/Birknau. It was attended by 134 people from 20 different countries. We invite you to read more about our current programs and encourage you to join and share them with those you know. LAST TWO WEEKS for SPECIAL ZPO MEMBERS DISCOUNT for  21ST...

read more

ZPO Trainings at Events

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trainings in the Zen Peacemaker Order are given around the world at various ZPO Events. Link here to view upcoming trainings at ZPO Training Centers Link below to view trainings at various ZPO Bearing Witness Retreats. 3-Tenets Workshop Including Native American Bearing Witness Retreat 3-Tenets Workshop Including Auschwitz Bearing Witness...

read more

Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA Part 2: Mudras

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Bernie Glassman, Dharma Talks, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA Part 2: Mudras

This talk was given  by Roshis Bernie Glassman and  Egyoku Nakao at their workshop on the Gate of Sweet Nectar liturgy in April 2015 at ZCLA. It was transcribed by Scott Harris. All right, you have a handout with all the mudras. As Bernie mentioned, Michael O’Keefe has been doing these mudras for several decades, doing The Gate every day. On a recent trip to L.A., he and I (Egyoku) got together, and I had a tutorial from him. And then I asked Jitsujo, who many of you from Sweetwater know, to do the finger drawings. OK, so let’s get started....

read more

Bernie’s Rap on the Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Dharma Talks | 0 comments

Bernie’s Rap on the Gate of Sweet Nectar at ZCLA, Part 1

This talk was given at ZCLA at Roshi Bernie Glassman’s workshop on the Gate liturgy in April 2015. It was transcribed by Scott Harris.   We are chanting my translation (with Maezumi Roshi) and adaptation (with Maezumi’s encouragement) of the Japanese Soto Zen liturgy Kan Ro Mon; Ro actually, literally means dew. But in the Buddhist sense, it has the same feeling as “nectar.” Gate of Sweet Nectar—so it’s a special kind of “dew” that helps you to realize the oneness of life—that is to appreciate your spouse. And Mon just means a...

read more

How Richard Gere and Bernie Glassman Offer Solutions for the Homeless

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

How Richard Gere and Bernie Glassman Offer Solutions for the Homeless

Written by Michaela Haas for Huffington Post, September 21, 2015. One winter day I got stuck with Richard Gere in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was traveling with friends of mine, and a snowstorm grounded their plane to Bhutan. We spent a delightful day in Kathmandu, exploring the local art shops. While he gracefully accepted the wishes of enthusiastic fans to give autographs, he talked about his hope that maybe Bhutan would be the one place on earth where he could travel incognito. Television was still a novelty in the tiny Himalayan kingdom, so he...

read more