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

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in...

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Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

I sent an announcement a few weeks ago that there are Podcasts by Bernie on the Zen Peacemakers Website but unfortunately it was premature. Due to the efforts of our IT Maven, Timothy O’Connor Fraser, the podcasts are now working on our website. I will be adding podcasts almost daily. Hope you enjoy. ……link here to hear Schmoozes

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Just Another Opinion on The Oneness of Life, Man

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Just Another Opinion on   The Oneness of Life, Man

One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until (s)he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, (s)he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his/her head splits into pieces. Buddha, seeing her/his plight, gives him/her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that...

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A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Greyston served more than 2,800 Yonkers residents through an array of results-driven programming designed to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. A detailed study conducted last year revealed that our programs truly create a measurable, long term impact within the community: for example, Greyston Bakery – a world recognized social enterprise, paid nearly $1.2 million in salaries to our Open Hire employees while saving over $1 million in taxpayer funds through reduced recidivism. Greyston’s Workforce Development program...

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Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Merriam Webster Definition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time. When I hear the word tradition used by Buddhist practioners, I believe they mean a practice that has been around for a long time as in the dictionary usage of the word. When I probe further, in my opinion, they are referring to a practice that was developed by their teacher or by their teacher’s teacher. In my case, my teacher, Maezumi Roshi, was considered very...

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Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. The training itself well surpassed our already high expectations and feels now to have been life changing for all involved, as well as a significant contribution to the healing field here, both internally, for the participants involved, and in introducing and embodying a new set of tools, ready to be carried by organizations and initiatives.  The journey to set aside all of the ego, psychological, cultural attachment to ways of...

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Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

“This training has changed a lot of things in my life and I know it will change others who are in my life.  I think these changes will lead to greater peace.” “Council brings a great methodology that gives participants permission to be really there and bring up what is alive inside himself or herself naturally and without forcing emotions.” “Through studying Council these days, I have learned important things about conflict exploration, healing, working with trauma and so much more.” “This training has helped me find my own peace so that I...

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Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

At the invitation of Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers, I travelled to Kigali to work with a group of peaceworkers committed to healing their country.  The lead NGO, Memos, had assembled a group of fourteen participants for an Introduction to Council training workshop, culled from 10 local NGOs.  These fourteen were to participate in the upcoming Bearing Witness Retreat, offered as part of Rwanda’s commemoration of The Genocide Against the Tutsis that took place 20 years ago, in 1994. The Rwanda government has been very active in...

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Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I (Bernie) just received this: The Purpose Economy 100 is being released shortly and I am thrilled to share that you are on the list. In partnership with CSRWire, we conducted a three month search for the most inspiring pioneers of the new economy. We received hundreds of nominations and finally narrowed it down to the 100 who we felt best exemplified the spirit of the new economy, including you. The Purpose Economy 100 highlights disruptive innovators, policy-setters, taste-makers and researchers who are transforming our innate need for...

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Gratitude

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Gratitude

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Dear Friends, Many of you have called, emailed, written, Facebooked, and Skyped to wish me a happy birthday. I am grateful for your words and friendship. As many of you know, I was born to a Jewish Brooklyn family, so as I turn 75 I’m reminded of the Jewish blessing: Blessed be the One that has brought us to this day. Since all of us are this One, I am thinking today of the many people who have brought me to this day through their work, energy, devotion, and love. I think of my parents, one of whom died just seven...

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

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Just Released

For Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, intimacy is what Zen practice is all about: the realization of the essential lack of distinction between self and other that inevitably leads to wisdom and compassionate action. She approaches the practice of intimacy beginning at its most basic level–the intimacy with ourselves that is the essential first step. She then shows how to bring intimacy into our relationships with others, starting with those dearest to us and moving on to those who don’t seem dear at all. She then shows how to grow in...

read more

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

Podcasts by Bernie Now Working

I sent an announcement a few weeks ago that there are Podcasts by Bernie on the Zen Peacemakers Website but unfortunately it was premature. Due to the efforts of our IT Maven, Timothy O’Connor Fraser, the podcasts are now working on our website. I will be adding podcasts almost daily. Hope you enjoy. ……link here to hear Schmoozes

read more

Just Another Opinion on The Oneness of Life, Man

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 1 comment

Just Another Opinion on   The Oneness of Life, Man

One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until (s)he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, (s)he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his/her head splits into pieces. Buddha, seeing her/his plight, gives him/her eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that...

read more

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A quick look back over 2013 by Steven Brown, Greyston President & CEO

Greyston served more than 2,800 Yonkers residents through an array of results-driven programming designed to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency. A detailed study conducted last year revealed that our programs truly create a measurable, long term impact within the community: for example, Greyston Bakery – a world recognized social enterprise, paid nearly $1.2 million in salaries to our Open Hire employees while saving over $1 million in taxpayer funds through reduced recidivism. Greyston’s Workforce Development program...

read more

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Just My Opinion on The Use of the Word Tradition, Man

Merriam Webster Definition: a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time. When I hear the word tradition used by Buddhist practioners, I believe they mean a practice that has been around for a long time as in the dictionary usage of the word. When I probe further, in my opinion, they are referring to a practice that was developed by their teacher or by their teacher’s teacher. In my case, my teacher, Maezumi Roshi, was considered very...

read more

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Note from Jared Seide after Rwanda Council Training

This journey has been amazing, emotional, powerful, heartbreaking, connected, overwhelming, impossible, beautiful. The training itself well surpassed our already high expectations and feels now to have been life changing for all involved, as well as a significant contribution to the healing field here, both internally, for the participants involved, and in introducing and embodying a new set of tools, ready to be carried by organizations and initiatives.  The journey to set aside all of the ego, psychological, cultural attachment to ways of...

read more

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Feedback by Rwanda Council Trainees

“This training has changed a lot of things in my life and I know it will change others who are in my life.  I think these changes will lead to greater peace.” “Council brings a great methodology that gives participants permission to be really there and bring up what is alive inside himself or herself naturally and without forcing emotions.” “Through studying Council these days, I have learned important things about conflict exploration, healing, working with trauma and so much more.” “This training has helped me find my own peace so that I...

read more

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Council Training in Kigali, Rwanda by Jared Seide

At the invitation of Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers, I travelled to Kigali to work with a group of peaceworkers committed to healing their country.  The lead NGO, Memos, had assembled a group of fourteen participants for an Introduction to Council training workshop, culled from 10 local NGOs.  These fourteen were to participate in the upcoming Bearing Witness Retreat, offered as part of Rwanda’s commemoration of The Genocide Against the Tutsis that took place 20 years ago, in 1994. The Rwanda government has been very active in...

read more

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I (Bernie) just received this: The Purpose Economy 100 is being released shortly and I am thrilled to share that you are on the list. In partnership with CSRWire, we conducted a three month search for the most inspiring pioneers of the new economy. We received hundreds of nominations and finally narrowed it down to the 100 who we felt best exemplified the spirit of the new economy, including you. The Purpose Economy 100 highlights disruptive innovators, policy-setters, taste-makers and researchers who are transforming our innate need for...

read more

Gratitude

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Gratitude

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Dear Friends, Many of you have called, emailed, written, Facebooked, and Skyped to wish me a happy birthday. I am grateful for your words and friendship. As many of you know, I was born to a Jewish Brooklyn family, so as I turn 75 I’m reminded of the Jewish blessing: Blessed be the One that has brought us to this day. Since all of us are this One, I am thinking today of the many people who have brought me to this day through their work, energy, devotion, and love. I think of my parents, one of whom died just seven...

read more