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.

Eve Marko Shares Thoughts on Peter Matthiessen

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 4 comments

Eve Marko Shares Thoughts on Peter Matthiessen

I want to share some thoughts and feelings I have about Peter Matthiessen, who passed away last Saturday.

Peter was in the hospital till Friday, and I was told that he talked very little to none at all in the last few days of his life. But Michel Engu Dobbs, his successor, said that on Wednesday evening, when he visited, he asked him if he wished to chant the Heart Sutra in Japanese, or the Shingyo, as they did in his Ocean Zendo. Peter said yes, and the sick, mostly silent man and Engu chanted the entire thing in Japanese without missing a beat.

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Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen

All photos by Peter Cunningham, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen was a master novelist, naturalist, and literary voice for nature—an acclaimed activist concerned with ecological issues, and the rights of indigenous peoples, social justice. He was a Zen teacher—a Zen Master, a Buddhist priest—Zen Buddhist priest, and founder of The Paris Review. He has written over thirty fiction and nonfiction books, and a plethora of powerful, deeply researched and artfully crafted articles. He was my first Dharma successor. And I gave him...

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Groking, Second Foundation, and Bearing Witness

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 1 comment

Groking, Second Foundation, and Bearing Witness

I read a lot of science fiction when I was younger. I haven’t read that much recently, but there’s a few thoughts that have stuck with me all these years. One was “groking.” Grok was a word that was coined by Robert Heinlein, in a book he wrote in 1961—a science fiction novel called Stranger in a Strange Land. And in the book it’s defined as “grok,” meaning to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes part of the observed—to merge, blend, lose identity in group experience. It’s hard to really grasp it. It’s sort of like a blind man...

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Photo Essay of Bernie Glassman by Peter Cunningham

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photo Essay of Bernie Glassman by Peter Cunningham

“The Thousand Armed Bodisahatvha”, or “Kannon” is a traditional Buddhist symbol. He/She symbolizes an enlightened being who chooses, rather than departing for Nirvana, to remain on Earth until all “sentient beings” are also enlightened. In statuary she is often depicted as a sensuous female with a thousand arms indicating the myriad ways in which she is attempting to serve all human beings. Assembling 33 years of photographs from my adventures with Bernie, I was struck with the incredible variety of skillful means this human from Brighton...

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NPR Interview of Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

NPR Interview of Bernie Glassman

Host: And now for a fuller picture of Zen Buddhism, we turn to the man known as the grandfather of socially engaged Buddhism, Bernie Glassman. He says Zen Buddhism is indeed focused on looking inward, but it’s also about helping the world around you. He’s been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly sixty years. And he’s the founder of a Buddhist peace activist group called Zen Peacemakers. His latest book is called The Dude and the Zen Master. Welcome back to the show Bernie. Bernie: Thank you. Host: Now as we just heard from our interview with...

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Optimism, Pessimism, Hope and Expectations

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Optimism, Pessimism, Hope and Expectations

I’d like to share with you some thoughts of mine—I should say “opinions”—about optimism, pessimism, hope, and expectations. And maybe we can throw in vow—no, I think that’s a whole other subject. So, I’m not very optimistic. And I’m not very pessimistic. I have a lot of hope, and hardly any expectations. Expectations pop up all the time. And I have to admit that even though I feel we shouldn’t have expectations, I have them all the time. And one of the signs of having expectations is that I get frustrated. I think expectations inevitably lead...

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Are you listening?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you listening?

You can also hear this schmoozing on listening by linking here. Hi. Are you listening? So, I’ve been thinking about listening. I just did a workshop in Seattle, Washington, at a synagogue called Bet Alef. It’s a meditative synagogue. And the workshop was on Saturday. But the evening before—Friday evening—I attended the services, and they asked me to lead them in meditation. And it was a beautiful service. And of course, we chanted the Shema. The Shema is a prayer that’s chanted many times a day by religious Jews. And some of the words of the...

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Black Holes, The Big Bang and Not-Knowing

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

Black Holes, The Big Bang and Not-Knowing

You can also listen to this by linking here. There is a new theory that’s floating around concerning black holes, the Big Bang, and how it relates to the first tenet of the Zen Peacemakers, not knowing. I’ve talked before about the Big Bang and not knowing, and there are write-ups on our blog and the website page, Just My Opinion, Man. But here’s the new stuff that’s just come out, in which in my opinion, I have now adopted as my opinion—that is I agree with this new opinion—with this new theory. So, what are black holes? Black holes are...

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Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

We just Posted a New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Baring, bearing, and barking witness! Listen to it by linking here. More to come. We will be posting new Editions every week! Hope you enjoy. We are certainly having fun doing it. Rocky and Tootsie (alias Bernie and Eve)

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A World of Podcasts!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Podcasts | 0 comments

A World of Podcasts!

We Now Offer A World of Podcasts! I hope you enjoy the various podcasts we have posted on the website. Schmoozing Podcasts, Rocky and Tootsie – Live, Dharma Talks, Interviews and...

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.

Eve Marko Shares Thoughts on Peter Matthiessen

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism, Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 4 comments

Eve Marko Shares Thoughts on Peter Matthiessen

I want to share some thoughts and feelings I have about Peter Matthiessen, who passed away last Saturday.

Peter was in the hospital till Friday, and I was told that he talked very little to none at all in the last few days of his life. But Michel Engu Dobbs, his successor, said that on Wednesday evening, when he visited, he asked him if he wished to chant the Heart Sutra in Japanese, or the Shingyo, as they did in his Ocean Zendo. Peter said yes, and the sick, mostly silent man and Engu chanted the entire thing in Japanese without missing a beat.

read more

Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Teachers, Zen Peacemaker Order | 2 comments

Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen

All photos by Peter Cunningham, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roshi Peter Muryo Matthiessen was a master novelist, naturalist, and literary voice for nature—an acclaimed activist concerned with ecological issues, and the rights of indigenous peoples, social justice. He was a Zen teacher—a Zen Master, a Buddhist priest—Zen Buddhist priest, and founder of The Paris Review. He has written over thirty fiction and nonfiction books, and a plethora of powerful, deeply researched and artfully crafted articles. He was my first Dharma successor. And I gave him...

read more

Groking, Second Foundation, and Bearing Witness

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 1 comment

Groking, Second Foundation, and Bearing Witness

I read a lot of science fiction when I was younger. I haven’t read that much recently, but there’s a few thoughts that have stuck with me all these years. One was “groking.” Grok was a word that was coined by Robert Heinlein, in a book he wrote in 1961—a science fiction novel called Stranger in a Strange Land. And in the book it’s defined as “grok,” meaning to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes part of the observed—to merge, blend, lose identity in group experience. It’s hard to really grasp it. It’s sort of like a blind man...

read more

Photo Essay of Bernie Glassman by Peter Cunningham

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photo Essay of Bernie Glassman by Peter Cunningham

“The Thousand Armed Bodisahatvha”, or “Kannon” is a traditional Buddhist symbol. He/She symbolizes an enlightened being who chooses, rather than departing for Nirvana, to remain on Earth until all “sentient beings” are also enlightened. In statuary she is often depicted as a sensuous female with a thousand arms indicating the myriad ways in which she is attempting to serve all human beings. Assembling 33 years of photographs from my adventures with Bernie, I was struck with the incredible variety of skillful means this human from Brighton...

read more

NPR Interview of Bernie Glassman

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions | 0 comments

NPR Interview of Bernie Glassman

Host: And now for a fuller picture of Zen Buddhism, we turn to the man known as the grandfather of socially engaged Buddhism, Bernie Glassman. He says Zen Buddhism is indeed focused on looking inward, but it’s also about helping the world around you. He’s been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly sixty years. And he’s the founder of a Buddhist peace activist group called Zen Peacemakers. His latest book is called The Dude and the Zen Master. Welcome back to the show Bernie. Bernie: Thank you. Host: Now as we just heard from our interview with...

read more

Optimism, Pessimism, Hope and Expectations

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Optimism, Pessimism, Hope and Expectations

I’d like to share with you some thoughts of mine—I should say “opinions”—about optimism, pessimism, hope, and expectations. And maybe we can throw in vow—no, I think that’s a whole other subject. So, I’m not very optimistic. And I’m not very pessimistic. I have a lot of hope, and hardly any expectations. Expectations pop up all the time. And I have to admit that even though I feel we shouldn’t have expectations, I have them all the time. And one of the signs of having expectations is that I get frustrated. I think expectations inevitably lead...

read more

Are you listening?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you listening?

You can also hear this schmoozing on listening by linking here. Hi. Are you listening? So, I’ve been thinking about listening. I just did a workshop in Seattle, Washington, at a synagogue called Bet Alef. It’s a meditative synagogue. And the workshop was on Saturday. But the evening before—Friday evening—I attended the services, and they asked me to lead them in meditation. And it was a beautiful service. And of course, we chanted the Shema. The Shema is a prayer that’s chanted many times a day by religious Jews. And some of the words of the...

read more

Black Holes, The Big Bang and Not-Knowing

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

Black Holes, The Big Bang and Not-Knowing

You can also listen to this by linking here. There is a new theory that’s floating around concerning black holes, the Big Bang, and how it relates to the first tenet of the Zen Peacemakers, not knowing. I’ve talked before about the Big Bang and not knowing, and there are write-ups on our blog and the website page, Just My Opinion, Man. But here’s the new stuff that’s just come out, in which in my opinion, I have now adopted as my opinion—that is I agree with this new opinion—with this new theory. So, what are black holes? Black holes are...

read more

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Rocky and Tootsie | 0 comments

Baring, bearing, and barking witness!

We just Posted a New Edition of Rocky and Tootsie – Live!, Baring, bearing, and barking witness! Listen to it by linking here. More to come. We will be posting new Editions every week! Hope you enjoy. We are certainly having fun doing it. Rocky and Tootsie (alias Bernie and Eve)

read more

A World of Podcasts!

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Podcasts | 0 comments

A World of Podcasts!

We Now Offer A World of Podcasts! I hope you enjoy the various podcasts we have posted on the website. Schmoozing Podcasts, Rocky and Tootsie – Live, Dharma Talks, Interviews and...

read more