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.

Reflections on Malgosia Braunek by Catherine Pagès

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 4 comments

Reflections on Malgosia Braunek by Catherine Pagès

My Dharma sister, Malgosia Jiho Braunek, died in Poland the 23rd of June after a long illness. One week earlier, when I learned she was in palliative care, I flew to Warsaw to spend time with her and her family. ‎

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Reflections of Malgosia Braunek by Damian Dudkiewicz

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Reflections of Malgosia Braunek by Damian Dudkiewicz

Dear Malgosia, my dearest friend and Teacher.

You are my continuous inspiration . Thank you that you showed me how to combine spiritual practice with being an artist, open to every moment of creation, every person , every being.

read more

Glimpses of Malgosia Braunek by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 1 comment

Glimpses of Malgosia Braunek by Eve Marko

I feel I had but glimpses of her. No experience of the movie actor (though I heard a lot about it), the daughter, the wife, the mother, the grandmother, or even for that matter the Zen teacher, though I sat with her in the Kanzeon zendo behind the family home in Warsaw. Yes, faint pictures of her bending over a pot of soup on the kitchen stove while we waited at the table, looking up with a brief, inquisitive smile as her daughter Orinka came in. There were a few meals at Krakow and Warsaw restaurants, and one memory of her at a hotel in Kazimierz Dolny wearing a long red dress and the hotel owner bent low over her outstretched hand as though she was royalty, which at times it felt she was.

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Małgorzata Braunek Leaves this Plane of Existence

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Małgorzata Braunek Leaves this Plane of Existence

Małgorzata Braunek (30 January 1947 – 23 June 2014) was a Polish film and stage actress. In 1969 she graduated at Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Warsaw.

She began the practice of Korean Zen with Master Dae San Sa Nim in 1979. Since 1983 has practiced with Genpo roshi, who since 1986, has been her main teacher.

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Announcing Webcasts

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Announcing Webcasts

My wife, Eve Marko, and I just visited with Ram Dass in Maui (June 2014). Being old friends we spend a few days with him each year. This year he introduced me to webcasts. He has a wonderful Ram Dass Channel of webcasts and I decided to add webcasts to our Zen Peacemakers Site. I have also added various videos that show different aspects of our Zen Peacemaker Work Enjoy! Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers Trailer – Instructions to the Cook. A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life that Matters Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat...

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Reflections on Rwanda (2): Bearing Witness by Russell Delman April 2014

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Reflections on Rwanda (2): Bearing Witness by Russell Delman April 2014

It is the last day of the retreat; I am walking with Claudia (name changed for confidentiality), a new Rwandan friend. Earlier in the retreat, she asked for guidance in meditation to help with painful thoughts that won’t stop. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer some guidance. On this day she tells me about the killing of her parents and four of five siblings when she is about 6 years old. A Hutu man protects her. Later he is killed by other Hutu’s angered at his kindness. Luckily she meets her one remaining elder sister who can take...

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Reflections on Rwanda (3): Living with a Broken-Open Heart by Russell Delman

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reflections on Rwanda (3):  Living with a Broken-Open Heart by Russell Delman

Recently I heard this story: A woman’s son is killed. The killer is convicted and sent to prison for a 10-25 year sentence. The distraught mother visits the man in prison trying to make sense of how he could do such a thing. After numerous visits, the woman’s heart softens to the man. She eventually adopts him. Upon release from prison, he lives with his new mother. As I reflect on the impact of my journey to Rwanda, a huge question emerges: how does a person live with an open, loving, heart that includes the rampant violence and suffering...

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Peter Matthiessen’s Lifelong Quest for Peace

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Teachers | 1 comment

Peter Matthiessen’s Lifelong Quest for Peace

Peter Matthiessen died on April 5, 2014. His interview with Ron Rosenbaum was among his last before succumbing to leukemia at the age of 86.

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Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Conference

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Conference

Sept. 12-14, 2014, at the Garrison Institute, New York Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni has long been known as an active advocate of “getting off the pillow”.  This has become known as engaged Buddhism and it is taking many forms and directions. On the weekend of September 12 through 14, 2014, Ven. Pannavati is gathering a few special colleagues to share their thoughts and experience with those drawn to this path. Through panel presentations and interactive small group sessions, we will receive the wisdom and experience of the...

read more

Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial

Please join Zen Peacemaker minister, Anthony Stultz, for a Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial and Memorial Chapel, August 16, 2014. Tony was a chaplain to the victim families of Flight 93 and along with three other clergy, performed the burial at the national memorial in 2011 ( see ‘the One Heart of Flight 93′ – Buddhadharma Magazine)  for a reflection on the experience via the ZPO Three Tenets.) The day will begin at 10am with the Gate of Sweet Nectar liturgy and the chanting of the names of all who...

read more

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.

Reflections on Malgosia Braunek by Catherine Pagès

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 4 comments

Reflections on Malgosia Braunek by Catherine Pagès

My Dharma sister, Malgosia Jiho Braunek, died in Poland the 23rd of June after a long illness. One week earlier, when I learned she was in palliative care, I flew to Warsaw to spend time with her and her family. ‎

read more

Reflections of Malgosia Braunek by Damian Dudkiewicz

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Reflections of Malgosia Braunek by Damian Dudkiewicz

Dear Malgosia, my dearest friend and Teacher.

You are my continuous inspiration . Thank you that you showed me how to combine spiritual practice with being an artist, open to every moment of creation, every person , every being.

read more

Glimpses of Malgosia Braunek by Eve Marko

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 1 comment

Glimpses of Malgosia Braunek by Eve Marko

I feel I had but glimpses of her. No experience of the movie actor (though I heard a lot about it), the daughter, the wife, the mother, the grandmother, or even for that matter the Zen teacher, though I sat with her in the Kanzeon zendo behind the family home in Warsaw. Yes, faint pictures of her bending over a pot of soup on the kitchen stove while we waited at the table, looking up with a brief, inquisitive smile as her daughter Orinka came in. There were a few meals at Krakow and Warsaw restaurants, and one memory of her at a hotel in Kazimierz Dolny wearing a long red dress and the hotel owner bent low over her outstretched hand as though she was royalty, which at times it felt she was.

read more

Małgorzata Braunek Leaves this Plane of Existence

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Teachers | 0 comments

Małgorzata Braunek Leaves this Plane of Existence

Małgorzata Braunek (30 January 1947 – 23 June 2014) was a Polish film and stage actress. In 1969 she graduated at Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Warsaw.

She began the practice of Korean Zen with Master Dae San Sa Nim in 1979. Since 1983 has practiced with Genpo roshi, who since 1986, has been her main teacher.

read more

Announcing Webcasts

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Webcasts | 0 comments

Announcing Webcasts

My wife, Eve Marko, and I just visited with Ram Dass in Maui (June 2014). Being old friends we spend a few days with him each year. This year he introduced me to webcasts. He has a wonderful Ram Dass Channel of webcasts and I decided to add webcasts to our Zen Peacemakers Site. I have also added various videos that show different aspects of our Zen Peacemaker Work Enjoy! Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers Trailer – Instructions to the Cook. A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life that Matters Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat...

read more

Reflections on Rwanda (2): Bearing Witness by Russell Delman April 2014

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Reflections on Rwanda (2): Bearing Witness by Russell Delman April 2014

It is the last day of the retreat; I am walking with Claudia (name changed for confidentiality), a new Rwandan friend. Earlier in the retreat, she asked for guidance in meditation to help with painful thoughts that won’t stop. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer some guidance. On this day she tells me about the killing of her parents and four of five siblings when she is about 6 years old. A Hutu man protects her. Later he is killed by other Hutu’s angered at his kindness. Luckily she meets her one remaining elder sister who can take...

read more

Reflections on Rwanda (3): Living with a Broken-Open Heart by Russell Delman

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reflections on Rwanda (3):  Living with a Broken-Open Heart by Russell Delman

Recently I heard this story: A woman’s son is killed. The killer is convicted and sent to prison for a 10-25 year sentence. The distraught mother visits the man in prison trying to make sense of how he could do such a thing. After numerous visits, the woman’s heart softens to the man. She eventually adopts him. Upon release from prison, he lives with his new mother. As I reflect on the impact of my journey to Rwanda, a huge question emerges: how does a person live with an open, loving, heart that includes the rampant violence and suffering...

read more

Peter Matthiessen’s Lifelong Quest for Peace

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Teachers | 1 comment

Peter Matthiessen’s Lifelong Quest for Peace

Peter Matthiessen died on April 5, 2014. His interview with Ron Rosenbaum was among his last before succumbing to leukemia at the age of 86.

read more

Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Conference

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Creating a Compassionate World: The Power of One Conference

Sept. 12-14, 2014, at the Garrison Institute, New York Venerable Dr. Pannavati Bhikkhuni has long been known as an active advocate of “getting off the pillow”.  This has become known as engaged Buddhism and it is taking many forms and directions. On the weekend of September 12 through 14, 2014, Ven. Pannavati is gathering a few special colleagues to share their thoughts and experience with those drawn to this path. Through panel presentations and interactive small group sessions, we will receive the wisdom and experience of the...

read more

Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial

Please join Zen Peacemaker minister, Anthony Stultz, for a Bearing Witness Day of Reflection at the Flight 93 Memorial and Memorial Chapel, August 16, 2014. Tony was a chaplain to the victim families of Flight 93 and along with three other clergy, performed the burial at the national memorial in 2011 ( see ‘the One Heart of Flight 93′ – Buddhadharma Magazine)  for a reflection on the experience via the ZPO Three Tenets.) The day will begin at 10am with the Gate of Sweet Nectar liturgy and the chanting of the names of all who...

read more