Bearing Witness Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThe 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. Leaders of the Zen Peacemakers Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Bernie and Eve just returned from leading a retreat at Felsentor, Switzerland where Bernie spoke on his 60 year journey in Zen. The talks have been posted here (href=”/?page_id=10055). Transcripts will be posted as they are...

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Victim Consciousness is a Consciousness of War

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Justice & Activism, Peace, Racism & Diversity | 1 comment

Victim Consciousness  is a   Consciousness of War

“So you are a Moroccan” told me the young Arabic woman in the mourners shade “go back to Morocco! You are not from here!”. We were a group of six people, Jewish, most of us Rabbis, all of us students of our late Rebbe Rabbi Zalman Schakter Shalomi who passed just some days ago. We met in the mourning Shiv’a ritual in Jerusalem that was held by Rabbi Ruth and Michael Kagan for all the students of Reb Zalman. Gabriel Meyer came with the idea to go visit the Abu Hadir family, that their son, Mohamad, was kidnaped last week by Jews from the...

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Roshi Pia Gyger has Passed from this Sphere of Existence

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Teachers | 3 comments

Roshi Pia Gyger has Passed from this Sphere of Existence

In the years 1976–1999, Pia trained in Zen in Kamakura, Kanagawa/Japan with Hugo Makibi Enomiya-Lassalle and Yamada Kôun Roshi in Hawaii. She received Dharma transmission from Aitken Rōshi and in 1999 she was confirmed as Zen master by Zen Master Bernard Glassman.

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The Peace Activist’s Demons – Israeli Engaged Dharma Report, Summer 2014

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Justice & Activism, Peace | 1 comment

The Peace Activist’s Demons – Israeli Engaged Dharma Report, Summer 2014

A few years ago a group of us came to the Palestinian village of Jaloud. We came to support local farmers planting olive trees in one of their fields, which they couldn’t access due to attacks by Israeli settlers. Indeed, during the day, a pickup truck came in our direction from one of the settler outposts. An armed settler came out and demanded that the work stops. His manner was abusive but as there were dozens of us, we disregarded him. As he was waiting for the soldiers that he called in order to kick us out, he said threateningly...

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Lawless Holy Land Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine by Roger Cohen

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Peace | 0 comments

Lawless Holy Land Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine by Roger Cohen

from New York Times, July 4, 2014: PARIS — “Israel is a state of law and everyone is obligated to act in accordance with the law,” the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said after the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager shot in an apparent revenge attack for the killing last month of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. He called the killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem “abominable.” President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has denounced the murder of the three Israelis, one of them also an...

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MY REBBE IS GONE! by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Teachers | 5 comments

MY REBBE IS GONE! by Bernie Glassman

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi passed away peacefully on July 3. I’d planned to go to his 90th birthday celebration in Boulder, Colorado, in August, though I heard that he was weakening. And now he’s gone.

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A Statement of Loss on the Passing of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Teachers | 9 comments

A Statement of Loss on the Passing of  Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most creative and impactful Jewish theologians of the last forty years, died today (July 3rd). I write with tears in my eyes and love in my heart for this incredible teacher, a source of inspiration for literally hundreds of thousands. I loved this man very very deeply for the past 51 years that I knew him. Zalman was born in Europe and barely escaped the Nazis when he was able to flee from France to the U.S. He became a Lubavitcher Hasid and Rabbi in...

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Greyston Community Gardens

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Greyston | 0 comments

Greyston Community Gardens

Greyston’s Community Gardens and Environmental Education Program plays a critically important role in the community – providing comprehensive environmental education for hundreds of Yonkers youths and their families, fresh fruits and vegetables and safe open space for recreation and relaxation. The program has turned eight vacant city lots into thriving growing spaces as well as hands-on outdoor classrooms, teaching Yonkers youths and their families the importance of eating healthy. Our longtime Program Coordinator, Lucy, is a member of the...

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Trauma, Survival, and Making Peace Written by Eve Marko with Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Trauma, Survival, and Making Peace Written by Eve Marko with Bernie Glassman

           Eve’s mother is 86 years old. In her long life she survived the destruction of most of the Jews in Bratislava, in what is present-day Slovakia, immigrated illegally to Israel with a 3 year-old nephew whose mother had been killed at Auschwitz, fought in Israel’s War of Independence a year later, raised children in Israel and the United States, and now lives independently in Jerusalem, mother to three children, grandmother to five, and great-grandmother to seven. Did you expect to live so long and see all these generations, Eve asks...

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Bearing Witness Blog

bernie-belgium-cartoonThe 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. Leaders of the Zen Peacemakers Order are restructuring the Order and the news of this development will also be shared in this blog.

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Give NO FEAR, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Bernie’s 60 Year Journey in Zen

On the streets, At Refugee Camp in Chiapas, Auschwitz Interfaith Ceremony, Riverdale NY 1982 Bernie and Eve just returned from leading a retreat at Felsentor, Switzerland where Bernie spoke on his 60 year journey in Zen. The talks have been posted here (href=”/?page_id=10055). Transcripts will be posted as they are...

read more

Victim Consciousness is a Consciousness of War

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Justice & Activism, Peace, Racism & Diversity | 1 comment

Victim Consciousness  is a   Consciousness of War

“So you are a Moroccan” told me the young Arabic woman in the mourners shade “go back to Morocco! You are not from here!”. We were a group of six people, Jewish, most of us Rabbis, all of us students of our late Rebbe Rabbi Zalman Schakter Shalomi who passed just some days ago. We met in the mourning Shiv’a ritual in Jerusalem that was held by Rabbi Ruth and Michael Kagan for all the students of Reb Zalman. Gabriel Meyer came with the idea to go visit the Abu Hadir family, that their son, Mohamad, was kidnaped last week by Jews from the...

read more

Roshi Pia Gyger has Passed from this Sphere of Existence

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Teachers | 3 comments

Roshi Pia Gyger has Passed from this Sphere of Existence

In the years 1976–1999, Pia trained in Zen in Kamakura, Kanagawa/Japan with Hugo Makibi Enomiya-Lassalle and Yamada Kôun Roshi in Hawaii. She received Dharma transmission from Aitken Rōshi and in 1999 she was confirmed as Zen master by Zen Master Bernard Glassman.

read more

The Peace Activist’s Demons – Israeli Engaged Dharma Report, Summer 2014

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Justice & Activism, Peace | 1 comment

The Peace Activist’s Demons – Israeli Engaged Dharma Report, Summer 2014

A few years ago a group of us came to the Palestinian village of Jaloud. We came to support local farmers planting olive trees in one of their fields, which they couldn’t access due to attacks by Israeli settlers. Indeed, during the day, a pickup truck came in our direction from one of the settler outposts. An armed settler came out and demanded that the work stops. His manner was abusive but as there were dozens of us, we disregarded him. As he was waiting for the soldiers that he called in order to kick us out, he said threateningly...

read more

Lawless Holy Land Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine by Roger Cohen

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Peace | 0 comments

Lawless Holy Land Cycles of Revenge in Israel and Palestine by Roger Cohen

from New York Times, July 4, 2014: PARIS — “Israel is a state of law and everyone is obligated to act in accordance with the law,” the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said after the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager shot in an apparent revenge attack for the killing last month of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. He called the killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem “abominable.” President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has denounced the murder of the three Israelis, one of them also an...

read more

MY REBBE IS GONE! by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Teachers | 5 comments

MY REBBE IS GONE! by Bernie Glassman

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi passed away peacefully on July 3. I’d planned to go to his 90th birthday celebration in Boulder, Colorado, in August, though I heard that he was weakening. And now he’s gone.

read more

A Statement of Loss on the Passing of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Teachers | 9 comments

A Statement of Loss on the Passing of  Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most creative and impactful Jewish theologians of the last forty years, died today (July 3rd). I write with tears in my eyes and love in my heart for this incredible teacher, a source of inspiration for literally hundreds of thousands. I loved this man very very deeply for the past 51 years that I knew him. Zalman was born in Europe and barely escaped the Nazis when he was able to flee from France to the U.S. He became a Lubavitcher Hasid and Rabbi in...

read more

Greyston Community Gardens

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Greyston | 0 comments

Greyston Community Gardens

Greyston’s Community Gardens and Environmental Education Program plays a critically important role in the community – providing comprehensive environmental education for hundreds of Yonkers youths and their families, fresh fruits and vegetables and safe open space for recreation and relaxation. The program has turned eight vacant city lots into thriving growing spaces as well as hands-on outdoor classrooms, teaching Yonkers youths and their families the importance of eating healthy. Our longtime Program Coordinator, Lucy, is a member of the...

read more

Trauma, Survival, and Making Peace Written by Eve Marko with Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Trauma, Survival, and Making Peace Written by Eve Marko with Bernie Glassman

           Eve’s mother is 86 years old. In her long life she survived the destruction of most of the Jews in Bratislava, in what is present-day Slovakia, immigrated illegally to Israel with a 3 year-old nephew whose mother had been killed at Auschwitz, fought in Israel’s War of Independence a year later, raised children in Israel and the United States, and now lives independently in Jerusalem, mother to three children, grandmother to five, and great-grandmother to seven. Did you expect to live so long and see all these generations, Eve asks...

read more