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 Wounding of the Native American Soul

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness | 0 comments

The Wounding of the Native American Soul

In the early ’80s, a Lakota professor of social work named Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart coined the phrase “historical trauma.” What she meant was “the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations.” Another phrase she used was “soul wound.” The wounding of the Native American soul, of course, went on for more than 500 years by way of massacres, land theft, displacement, enslavement, then—well into the twentieth century—the removal of Native American children from their families to what were known...

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The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Native American | 1 comment

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men. Sand Creek was one of many assaults on American Indians during the war, from Patrick Edward Connor’s massacre...

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Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness Ministry | 7 comments

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday night was our usual night at the barracks. On this evening before Friday, the last day of the retreat, it’s customary for us to return to Birkenau in the darkness and sit in one of the barracks by candle and flashlight. Years ago some of these vigils lasted till midnight and even all the way till morning. As we arrived at the main brick gate through which the train tracks tubed into the camp and directly to the sites of the crematoria, we went upstairs to the guard tower built above the gate. Here, looking out over their machine...

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Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

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Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 6 comments

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

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Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 5 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

read more

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 1 comment

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

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Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Können Blumen schlafen?Ist der Mond ein Mann?Bindet man im Hafen,auch das Wasser an?Kann man Liebe malen?Gibt es bunten Schnee?Wie erklärt man Zahlen?Tuen Schmerzen weh? Weist du kein Gedicht mehr? Werde ich bald groß? Brauch ich dich dann nicht mehr? Warum weinst du bloß? Can flowers sleep? Is the moon a man? Do you also tie the water in the harbour? Can you paint love? Is there coloured snow? How do you explain numbers? Does pain hurt? Don’t you know another poem? Am I gonna be grown up soon? Will I no longer need you then? Why, are you...

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June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

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Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

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 Wounding of the Native American Soul

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bearing Witness | 0 comments

The Wounding of the Native American Soul

In the early ’80s, a Lakota professor of social work named Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart coined the phrase “historical trauma.” What she meant was “the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations.” Another phrase she used was “soul wound.” The wounding of the Native American soul, of course, went on for more than 500 years by way of massacres, land theft, displacement, enslavement, then—well into the twentieth century—the removal of Native American children from their families to what were known...

read more

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Native American | 1 comment

The Sand Creek Massacre by Ned Blackhawk

MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men. Sand Creek was one of many assaults on American Indians during the war, from Patrick Edward Connor’s massacre...

read more

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats, Bearing Witness Ministry | 7 comments

Personal Reflections by Eve Marko on the Nov 2014 Retreat at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Thursday night was our usual night at the barracks. On this evening before Friday, the last day of the retreat, it’s customary for us to return to Birkenau in the darkness and sit in one of the barracks by candle and flashlight. Years ago some of these vigils lasted till midnight and even all the way till morning. As we arrived at the main brick gate through which the train tracks tubed into the camp and directly to the sites of the crematoria, we went upstairs to the guard tower built above the gate. Here, looking out over their machine...

read more

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget

Just Posted New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Forgetting to Forget, Hear it at http://zenpeacemakers.org/rocky-and-tootsie-live/

read more

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 6 comments

Facing the Ultimate Challenge by Bernie Glassman

“We all form our own clubs,” says Roshi Bernie Glassman. If we’re black, we may exclude whites. If we’re white, we may exclude blacks. “If we’re liberal,” Glassman continues, “we never listen to conservatives or read books by them or invite them to tea, and if we’re conservative, vice versa. “The most common thing we do to people that don’t fit our club is we avoid them. We also imprison them. Sometimes we beat them up. In the South, we used to lynch them. Gays? We bash them.” Glassman was at one time an engineer and mathematician working in...

read more

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreats | 5 comments

Reflections by Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit on His Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

I  checked into our hotel right near Rynek Główny, the ancient and vast Main Square of Kraków. I had about an hour to settle in, change some currency, then walk to Cafe Młynek in the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz where I led a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat with my new sister, Yiddish singer Marsha Gildin. Our training began Saturday. The Center for Council’s compassionate and wise Director Jared Seide guided us masterfully and gently into this deep and transformative practice, which has been developed by Joan Halifax, Jack...

read more

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 1 comment

Upcoming Zen Peacemaker Order Trainings

  Serving the One Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action The ZPO is sponsoring a training program in spiritually-based social action, led by its Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman. For many years Bernie has modeled his practice on the words of the 8th century Founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo-daishi: You can tell the depths of a person’s enlightenment by how they serve others.  Bernie founded the Greyston Mandala in Yonkers, NY in 1982 to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a...

read more

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Poem by Lilli Mösler read in the children‘s barracks by her at Nov 2014 Auschwitz Retreat

Können Blumen schlafen?Ist der Mond ein Mann?Bindet man im Hafen,auch das Wasser an?Kann man Liebe malen?Gibt es bunten Schnee?Wie erklärt man Zahlen?Tuen Schmerzen weh? Weist du kein Gedicht mehr? Werde ich bald groß? Brauch ich dich dann nicht mehr? Warum weinst du bloß? Can flowers sleep? Is the moon a man? Do you also tie the water in the harbour? Can you paint love? Is there coloured snow? How do you explain numbers? Does pain hurt? Don’t you know another poem? Am I gonna be grown up soon? Will I no longer need you then? Why, are you...

read more

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue Dharma Transmission by Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse

I am pleased to announce that I gave Dharma transmission to June Ryushin Kaililani Tanoue on October 11, 2014. She received full empowerment as a Zen Priest in a Denkai ceremony and full empowerment as a Zen teacher (Sensei) in Shisho ceremony. These were witnessed by Bernie Glassman Roshi, Eve Marko Roshi, Susan Anderson Roshi, Annie Markovich and Peter Cunningham. June has been practicing Zen for over 20 years. She is also my wife. In 1992, together, we founded the Zen Center of Hawaii. We eventually ended up in Chicago where, in 2010 we...

read more

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Ton Lathouwers New Book: Zen Talks, More Than Anyone Can Do

I, Bernie Glassman, recently saw Ton Lathouwers in the Netherlands where he lives and teachers Zen. I previously met him 20 years ago at his home with ZPO Teacher Frank De Waele. He was Frank’s first teacher. What a wonderful man. He is now 81 years old. He gave me his latest book and I want to share it with you. Ton is one of the most liberal Zen Teachers in Europe. From 1968 until 1996 he was Professor of Slavic Literature. Shortly after receiving this appointment, he began his Zen way. He visited Japan, Thailand, Burma and Indonesia,...

read more