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.

Formative Years of Zen Practice

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Formative Years of Zen Practice

Last week I wrote about the various streams of study and practice that have gone into the White Plum lineage through its founder, Taizan Hakuyu Maezumi Roshi, adding up to an unusually rich mix of teachings. At the end of that posting I said that each of us in the family of teachers has added his/her own practices and methodologies as well. Below I want to talk a little more about the ingredients in my own Zen practice, what brought me to study with Maezumi Roshi, what caused me to finally separate from Soto Sect, in short: how the personal...

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Bernie’s Training in Zen: The Early Years

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 2 comments

Bernie’s Training in Zen: The Early Years

The first time I encountered Zen was in 1958. I was attending the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn studying to be an Aeronautical Engineer. In an English class, we read The World’s Religions, at that time it was called Religions of Man, by Huston Smith (it had just come out). There was a page about Zen and it just struck me, I felt I had come home reading it. So I started to study Zen at that time (basically by reading). There wasn’t that much in English–Alan Watts, Christmas Humphreys, D.T. Suzuki, and I got quite interested in it. And...

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Bernie’s Opinion on Zen Priests and Dharma Teachers

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Bernie’s Opinion on Zen Priests and Dharma Teachers

Keizan Zenji, the mother of the Japanese Soto Sect, helped spread Zen to the masses by nurturing the construction of Temples, by developing prayers for health, wealth and good being and by developing a priestly class to conduct these services. In time, the Soto Sect developed a unique plan for enlightened ancestors. At the time of one’s passing, the Priest gives the deceased a new name and the Soto precepts to start them on the path to becoming an enlightened ancestor. After a 49 year journey, if accompanied by appropriate services along the...

read more

Plunging at Greyston

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Greyston, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

To “plunge” is to assume the responsibilities and daily challenges of a line-staffer by doing their job for a full day or shift. The objective is to come as close to experiencing an actual work day in the life of an employee. Working side by side and interacting with employees in another department, brings about appreciation and respect for the employees who permanently fill those roles and inspires team spirit throughout the Mandala. Plunging is a chance to bear witness to the hard work of individual employees who contribute to fulfilling...

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Update from Aviv and the Israel engaged Dharma group

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 4 comments

Update from Aviv and the Israel engaged Dharma group

Dear Friends, It’s been a while since we sent our last report in English. We have several exciting and positive (!) developments to share but have not been able to make the time to properly write them down. Hopefully we will do that soon. Untill then through this video we would like to share with you one of our recent actiivities. In the past yeat we have conducted several “Dharma Tours” to the occupied Palestinian Territories. On these tours particiapnts get exposed to different aspects of how Israeli millitary control...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Würzburg Germany, led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 2 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Würzburg Germany, led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande

The Zen Peacemakers Sangha in Würzburg Germany is led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande. They are studying the Zen Peacemakers Precepts and doing Social Action in Refugee camps. Dr. Cornelius v. Collande, was born in 1952, and has one adult daughter. His studies were in Philosophy, Psychology and Educational Theory in Freiburg (Germany), as well as Geology in Wurzburg (Germany) and Zaragoza (Spain). He has been involved in twenty years of international IT projects. Since 2000 he has worked in Psychotherapy (Gestalt), Mindfulness and...

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New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: David Loy Stories

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: David Loy Stories

Sensei David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web. He is on the editorial or advisory...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate Maria Kannon Zen Center of Dallas Texas led by Roshi Ruben Habito

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate  Maria Kannon Zen Center of Dallas Texas  led by  Roshi Ruben Habito

The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion in their daily lives and in their relationships in society and the whole world. Members practice Zen in the lay Zen tradition of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, also referred to as the Harada-Yasutani lineage. Sanbo Kyodan Zen is based on the combined teaching and practice of Harada Daiun (Great Cloud), Yasutani...

read more

Eve Marko Reports on Trip to Israel: Africa in Tel Aviv, & West Bank

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 2 comments

Eve Marko Reports on  Trip to Israel:  Africa in Tel Aviv, & West Bank

BALADY I’m in a taxi going to Checkpoint 300 in order to enter Bethlehem and visit with Sami Awad, head of Holy Land Trust. The checkpoint is gone, replaced by the big Separation Wall, which is yellow-gray on the Israeli side and awash with graffiti demanding an end to the occupation on the other side. But before we get there the taxi driver, a tanned, heavy-set man in his 50s, becomes nostalgic. “Do you remember what this was before the Wall? Remember all the fruit and vegetable stands, the stalls with fresh meat? Believe me, everybody came...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges

Founded by actor Jeff Bridges and other entertainment industry leaders in 1984, the End Hunger Network has a long record of innovative and impactful initiatives aimed at encouraging, stimulating and supporting action to end childhood hunger, including: ► Los Angeles World Hunger Event ► End Hunger Televent ► Live Aid ► U.S. Presidential End Hunger Awards ► Primetime to End Hunger ► Fast Forward to End Hunger ► Hunger in America film The End Hunger Network is currently participating with Share Our Strength in its No Kid Hungry national...

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.

Formative Years of Zen Practice

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 1 comment

Formative Years of Zen Practice

Last week I wrote about the various streams of study and practice that have gone into the White Plum lineage through its founder, Taizan Hakuyu Maezumi Roshi, adding up to an unusually rich mix of teachings. At the end of that posting I said that each of us in the family of teachers has added his/her own practices and methodologies as well. Below I want to talk a little more about the ingredients in my own Zen practice, what brought me to study with Maezumi Roshi, what caused me to finally separate from Soto Sect, in short: how the personal...

read more

Bernie’s Training in Zen: The Early Years

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 2 comments

Bernie’s Training in Zen: The Early Years

The first time I encountered Zen was in 1958. I was attending the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn studying to be an Aeronautical Engineer. In an English class, we read The World’s Religions, at that time it was called Religions of Man, by Huston Smith (it had just come out). There was a page about Zen and it just struck me, I felt I had come home reading it. So I started to study Zen at that time (basically by reading). There wasn’t that much in English–Alan Watts, Christmas Humphreys, D.T. Suzuki, and I got quite interested in it. And...

read more

Bernie’s Opinion on Zen Priests and Dharma Teachers

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Zen Peacemakers | 0 comments

Bernie’s Opinion on Zen Priests and Dharma Teachers

Keizan Zenji, the mother of the Japanese Soto Sect, helped spread Zen to the masses by nurturing the construction of Temples, by developing prayers for health, wealth and good being and by developing a priestly class to conduct these services. In time, the Soto Sect developed a unique plan for enlightened ancestors. At the time of one’s passing, the Priest gives the deceased a new name and the Soto precepts to start them on the path to becoming an enlightened ancestor. After a 49 year journey, if accompanied by appropriate services along the...

read more

Plunging at Greyston

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Greyston, Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

To “plunge” is to assume the responsibilities and daily challenges of a line-staffer by doing their job for a full day or shift. The objective is to come as close to experiencing an actual work day in the life of an employee. Working side by side and interacting with employees in another department, brings about appreciation and respect for the employees who permanently fill those roles and inspires team spirit throughout the Mandala. Plunging is a chance to bear witness to the hard work of individual employees who contribute to fulfilling...

read more

Update from Aviv and the Israel engaged Dharma group

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 4 comments

Update from Aviv and the Israel engaged Dharma group

Dear Friends, It’s been a while since we sent our last report in English. We have several exciting and positive (!) developments to share but have not been able to make the time to properly write them down. Hopefully we will do that soon. Untill then through this video we would like to share with you one of our recent actiivities. In the past yeat we have conducted several “Dharma Tours” to the occupied Palestinian Territories. On these tours particiapnts get exposed to different aspects of how Israeli millitary control...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Würzburg Germany, led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 2 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: Zen Peacemakers Sangha, Würzburg Germany, led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande

The Zen Peacemakers Sangha in Würzburg Germany is led by Zen Lehrer Cornelius von Collande. They are studying the Zen Peacemakers Precepts and doing Social Action in Refugee camps. Dr. Cornelius v. Collande, was born in 1952, and has one adult daughter. His studies were in Philosophy, Psychology and Educational Theory in Freiburg (Germany), as well as Geology in Wurzburg (Germany) and Zaragoza (Spain). He has been involved in twenty years of international IT projects. Since 2000 he has worked in Psychotherapy (Gestalt), Mindfulness and...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: David Loy Stories

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: David Loy Stories

Sensei David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. Many of his writings, as well as audio and video talks and interviews, are available on the web. He is on the editorial or advisory...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate Maria Kannon Zen Center of Dallas Texas led by Roshi Ruben Habito

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate  Maria Kannon Zen Center of Dallas Texas  led by  Roshi Ruben Habito

The Maria Kannon Zen Center is a non-profit corporation which offers a setting for people of various backgrounds and faith traditions to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion in their daily lives and in their relationships in society and the whole world. Members practice Zen in the lay Zen tradition of the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, also referred to as the Harada-Yasutani lineage. Sanbo Kyodan Zen is based on the combined teaching and practice of Harada Daiun (Great Cloud), Yasutani...

read more

Eve Marko Reports on Trip to Israel: Africa in Tel Aviv, & West Bank

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 2 comments

Eve Marko Reports on  Trip to Israel:  Africa in Tel Aviv, & West Bank

BALADY I’m in a taxi going to Checkpoint 300 in order to enter Bethlehem and visit with Sami Awad, head of Holy Land Trust. The checkpoint is gone, replaced by the big Separation Wall, which is yellow-gray on the Israeli side and awash with graffiti demanding an end to the occupation on the other side. But before we get there the taxi driver, a tanned, heavy-set man in his 50s, becomes nostalgic. “Do you remember what this was before the Wall? Remember all the fruit and vegetable stands, the stalls with fresh meat? Believe me, everybody came...

read more

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Zen Peacemaker Family | 0 comments

New Zen Peacemakers Sangha Affiliate: End Hunger Network, Jeff Bridges

Founded by actor Jeff Bridges and other entertainment industry leaders in 1984, the End Hunger Network has a long record of innovative and impactful initiatives aimed at encouraging, stimulating and supporting action to end childhood hunger, including: ► Los Angeles World Hunger Event ► End Hunger Televent ► Live Aid ► U.S. Presidential End Hunger Awards ► Primetime to End Hunger ► Fast Forward to End Hunger ► Hunger in America film The End Hunger Network is currently participating with Share Our Strength in its No Kid Hungry national...

read more
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