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.
We passed through Cologne, Germany.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. ~CharlieLearn More