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.

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...

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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...

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Enrollment Opened for Second Cohort for Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry | 0 comments

Enrollment Opened for Second Cohort for Bearing Witness Training Program

We are happy to announce that the Zen Peacemaker Order has opened the second cohort for the training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a two-day workshop led by Jared Seide, the Director, Center for Council, on The Way of Council, on July 7-8, 2015  at Greyston in Yonkers, NY. On July 9-10, 2015 there will be a two-day workshop, led by Jared Seide, on Deepening the Practice of Council. This is followed by a two-day workshop (July 11-12, 2015) on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order...

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Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

The Zen Peacemakers is sponsoring a new 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 and the Zen Peacemakers to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a powerful tool to awaken to the oneness of...

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Reflections on Rwanda (1): Creating Us and Them by Russell Delman

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bearing Witness Retreats | 1 comment

Reflections on Rwanda (1):  Creating Us and Them by Russell Delman

I recently participated in a “Bearing Witness Retreat” sponsored by both the Zen Peacemaker Order, based in the U.S. and Memos- Learning from History, based in Rwanda in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.  Having just returned, I am both deeply grateful for the inspiring human beings I have met and reeling as I process what I have experienced.  I come away both devastated and extremely hopeful for our potential as human beings. Brief history: in 1994, inflamed by their leaders, the largest group in Rwanda called...

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Zen Peacemakers Order

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Zen Peacemakers Order

On my 55th birthday in January, 1994 I (Bernie Glassman) did a retreat in Washington D.C. working on the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, to those in poverty and to those with AIDS. Upon returning home, I discussed my vision of a container for people wanting to do spiritual based social engagement with my wife, Jishu. We decided on developing a Zen Peacemaker Order with the theme of spiritually based social engagement. The ZPO is currently being re-envisioned by Roshis Grover Genro Gauntt, Joan Jiko Halifax,...

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Possible Congo Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

Possible Congo Bearing Witness Retreat

The Zen Peacemakers is considering hosting, with Congo partners, a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Congo. It would most likely occur in early 2016. If you would like to be notified if this retreat becomes a reality, please fill out the form below. In April, 2014, we held a Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda which included folks from the Congo. It was an amazing retreat and we discussed holding a similiar retreat in the Congo with the Congolese...

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Rwanda: April 2014, Report on Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat by Eve Marko

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Rwanda: April 2014, Report on Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat by Eve Marko

zazen-grave wreath wreath-laying weomen step-sitting spiral skulls rain rain-walk photos morley,children morley-women mass-grave man landscape juliette,pauline hands flower flower-putting eve,bernie,congo dorms crowd candles bernie-bus art alice All Photos by Ola Kwiatkowska Monday, April 14. We’re at the EPR, the Presbyterian Church’s well-known guesthouse in Kigali, seated on chairs assembled in a circle. Downstairs a children’s choir practices for the Easter weekend services; they will sing for us tomorrow at our orientation. But right now...

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See the ocean? And that’s only the top of it.

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 0 comments

See the ocean? And that’s only the top of it.

So, a fish is swimming in water, and you ask the fish, “Where’s the water?” And the fish says, “What water?” You say, “You are water.” You know, the water goes right through the fish. It’s flowing in and out. The fish doesn’t know that. The fish is attached to the notion that he or she is some kind of thing, and doesn’t even know there’s water. Like when we look at an ocean and we ask, “What is the ocean?” Do we say, “It’s water”? The ocean is a lot of things, right? There’s coral, there’s rocks, there’s mountains underneath—they became...

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.

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

Enrollment Opened for Second Cohort for Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry | 0 comments

Enrollment Opened for Second Cohort for Bearing Witness Training Program

We are happy to announce that the Zen Peacemaker Order has opened the second cohort for the training program for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a two-day workshop led by Jared Seide, the Director, Center for Council, on The Way of Council, on July 7-8, 2015  at Greyston in Yonkers, NY. On July 9-10, 2015 there will be a two-day workshop, led by Jared Seide, on Deepening the Practice of Council. This is followed by a two-day workshop (July 11-12, 2015) on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order...

read more

Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Socially Engaged Buddhism | 0 comments

Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

The Zen Peacemakers is sponsoring a new 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 and the Zen Peacemakers to provide structures and examples of a path of service to others that is, in and of itself, a powerful tool to awaken to the oneness of...

read more

Reflections on Rwanda (1): Creating Us and Them by Russell Delman

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Bearing Witness Retreats | 1 comment

Reflections on Rwanda (1):  Creating Us and Them by Russell Delman

I recently participated in a “Bearing Witness Retreat” sponsored by both the Zen Peacemaker Order, based in the U.S. and Memos- Learning from History, based in Rwanda in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.  Having just returned, I am both deeply grateful for the inspiring human beings I have met and reeling as I process what I have experienced.  I come away both devastated and extremely hopeful for our potential as human beings. Brief history: in 1994, inflamed by their leaders, the largest group in Rwanda called...

read more

Zen Peacemakers Order

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

Zen Peacemakers Order

On my 55th birthday in January, 1994 I (Bernie Glassman) did a retreat in Washington D.C. working on the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, to those in poverty and to those with AIDS. Upon returning home, I discussed my vision of a container for people wanting to do spiritual based social engagement with my wife, Jishu. We decided on developing a Zen Peacemaker Order with the theme of spiritually based social engagement. The ZPO is currently being re-envisioned by Roshis Grover Genro Gauntt, Joan Jiko Halifax,...

read more

Possible Congo Bearing Witness Retreat

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 0 comments

Possible Congo Bearing Witness Retreat

The Zen Peacemakers is considering hosting, with Congo partners, a Bearing Witness Retreat in the Congo. It would most likely occur in early 2016. If you would like to be notified if this retreat becomes a reality, please fill out the form below. In April, 2014, we held a Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda which included folks from the Congo. It was an amazing retreat and we discussed holding a similiar retreat in the Congo with the Congolese...

read more

Rwanda: April 2014, Report on Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat by Eve Marko

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Bearing Witness Retreats | 2 comments

Rwanda: April 2014, Report on Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat by Eve Marko

zazen-grave wreath wreath-laying weomen step-sitting spiral skulls rain rain-walk photos morley,children morley-women mass-grave man landscape juliette,pauline hands flower flower-putting eve,bernie,congo dorms crowd candles bernie-bus art alice All Photos by Ola Kwiatkowska Monday, April 14. We’re at the EPR, the Presbyterian Church’s well-known guesthouse in Kigali, seated on chairs assembled in a circle. Downstairs a children’s choir practices for the Easter weekend services; they will sing for us tomorrow at our orientation. But right now...

read more

See the ocean? And that’s only the top of it.

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 0 comments

See the ocean? And that’s only the top of it.

So, a fish is swimming in water, and you ask the fish, “Where’s the water?” And the fish says, “What water?” You say, “You are water.” You know, the water goes right through the fish. It’s flowing in and out. The fish doesn’t know that. The fish is attached to the notion that he or she is some kind of thing, and doesn’t even know there’s water. Like when we look at an ocean and we ask, “What is the ocean?” Do we say, “It’s water”? The ocean is a lot of things, right? There’s coral, there’s rocks, there’s mountains underneath—they became...

read more