Charlie: Head for Peace Gathering with Jeff Bridges in San Francisco

I found my way to this world through the left-over lumps of clay from Jeff Bridges’ pottery wheel. After heeding my call to take shape, he, the Dude, sent me to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.

I feel that I’m not alone.

I believe there are others out there who want to Head for Peace.

On February 4, I got to travel with Bernie to San Francisco to meet with Jeff Bridges and the rest of the Head for Peace family.

As Bernie begins to plan my upcoming journeys to the field, street retreats and work with the “Let All Eat” Cafés and Greyston Foundation this year, he is inviting a community of people to join in this work.  Please click here to become a Friend of Bernie to learn about getting involved.

I invite you to follow our journeys together through my blog posts and by liking me on Facebook. You can also follow the whole Head for Peace family  and check out the Head for Peace web page, which details the story of the heads and showcases some Head Keepers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Streets of Cologne

We passed through Cologne, Germany.

We met Sensei Frank DeWalle.

He told us that the Cathedral of Cologne is a cathedral of lovers.  People pray there to find romance.  He visited, and so did his girlfriend, before they met.

 

 

After the cathedral, I walked around town.

 

I didn’t find a lover.

I found my way to this world through the left-over lumps of clay from Jeff Bridges’ pottery wheel.  After heeding my call to take shape,  he, the Dude, sent me to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.

I feel that I’m not alone.

I believe there are others out there who want to Head for Peace.

 

 

Heard on the street:

  • The first European street retreat took place in Cologne.  They walked from here to Dusseldorf.  That retreat led to the creation of a Paris soup kitchen.
  • These days, the Formerly Tough Zen Guy needs his rest
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Going to India!


I just heard that we’re taking two trips to India.  1st, we’ll be working with the Venerable Pannavati  assisting (untouchables) Dalits in Tamil Nadu, Southern India in November.  In January, we’ll go on a Socially Engaged Pilgrimage, visiting locations connected to the life of the Buddha and meeting people involved in social issues.  I’m so excited!

I found my way to this world through the left-over lumps of clay from the dudely pottery wheel of Jeff Bridges. After heeding my call to take shape, the Dude sent me to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.

I feel that I’m not alone.

I believe there are others out there who want to Head for Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I decided to help out the Formerly Tough Zen Guy

I was brought into being by Jeff Bridges in order to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.  Word on the street is that Bernie was a tough Zen monk who yelled at his students and beat them with sticks to provoke their enlightenment.

Bernie, translator Heinz-Jürgen Metzger and Charlie in Heidelberg, Germany

However, as I joined my first workshop with him, I instead found a Brooklynite in his early 70’s with a beard and ponytail who travels around telling stories and cracking jokes.  It turns out that I’m traveling with a Formerly Tough Zen Guy.

At every workshop, he listens to participants before talking.

I decided to help out.

 

 

Heard on the street:

  • Heidelberg was spared bombing in WWII because Americans found it so charming.
  • The fact that the castle overlooking Heidelberg once served as an alchemist University drew 60’s psychonaut  Terrance McKenna, seeking not simply to transform lead into gold, but transform the mind.
  • Municipal planners failed to pass a law aimed to push the local homeless out of the view of tourists after citizens of the town objected.
  • Formerly Tough Zen Guy: you can’t call me directly.  You have to call my assistant Ari.

    Host Marcus with Charlie and Bernie in Heidelberg Germany

I found my way to this world through the left-over lumps of clay from Jeff Bridges’ pottery wheel.  After heeding my call to take shape,  he, the Dude, sent me to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.

I feel that I’m not alone.

I believe there are others out there who want to Head for Peace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is only the beginning

October.

My first global journey.

I joined Bernie Glassman to travel the world waging peace.

One of our hosts, Marcus, Charlie and Bernie at Heidelberg, Germany

On this trip, Bernie will be discussing how to practice social action as a spiritual practice  in various places throughout Germany near: Heidelberg, Cologne, Berlin and Frankfurt.  We’ll also attend the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat. They tell me that this is only the beginning. ~Charlie

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