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.

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

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

First Cohort Led by Bernie Glassman November 8, 2014 Program Full Join Waiting List by Linking Here   Second Cohort Begins November 7, 2015   I am often asked “How can I learn and experience Bearing Witness?” I am happy to announce that the Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program, led by me, Bernie Glassman, for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council on The Way of Council,  on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That...

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Bernie Schmoozes on Mr. Nobody, String Theory, Multi-Universes and Indra’s Net

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 0 comments

Bernie Schmoozes on Mr. Nobody, String Theory, Multi-Universes and Indra’s Net

Recently I watched the movie, Mr. Nobody, which is a science fiction film made in 2009. The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man, who is the last mortal on earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. Nemo, his memory fading, refers to his three main loves, and to his parents divorce and subsequent hardships endured at three main moments in his life—at age nine, fifteen, and thirty-four. He reflects on himself as a young boy standing on a station platform. The train is about to leave. And he has to decide...

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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...

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.

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

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Bearing Witness Ministry, Zen Peacemaker Order | 0 comments

ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

First Cohort Led by Bernie Glassman November 8, 2014 Program Full Join Waiting List by Linking Here   Second Cohort Begins November 7, 2015   I am often asked “How can I learn and experience Bearing Witness?” I am happy to announce that the Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program, led by me, Bernie Glassman, for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council on The Way of Council,  on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That...

read more

Bernie Schmoozes on Mr. Nobody, String Theory, Multi-Universes and Indra’s Net

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Bernie's Opinions, Podcasts | 0 comments

Bernie Schmoozes on Mr. Nobody, String Theory, Multi-Universes and Indra’s Net

Recently I watched the movie, Mr. Nobody, which is a science fiction film made in 2009. The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man, who is the last mortal on earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. Nemo, his memory fading, refers to his three main loves, and to his parents divorce and subsequent hardships endured at three main moments in his life—at age nine, fifteen, and thirty-four. He reflects on himself as a young boy standing on a station platform. The train is about to leave. And he has to decide...

read more

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