“The River Song” Zen Peacemakers at Simply Smiles, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, August 2016

In August 2016, the Zen Peacemakers visited Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. They met the people of La Plant and Eagle Butte, visited the local youth center and the wild mustang horse refuge, as well as worked with Simply Smiles – a non-profit building and revitalizing homes for Lakota families. This August 2017, The Zen Peacemakers will return to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation for a week of service, in collaboration with Simply Smiles inc. Meet the local Lakota community, rebuild and prepare homes for the winter, practice meditation and council and deepen your appreciation of the Zen Peacemakers Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action. Join us! August 6-12 2017 Register at http://zenpeacemakers.org/nat2017/ “The River Song” Kristen Graves, Guitar, Music and Lyrics Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Flute Rami Efal, Video and photos...

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This Obon: Can We Feed All the Hungry Ghosts?

Can I Acknowledge My Sickness? In a Huffington Post article, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, the founder of my Zen community explains: In the Zen Peacemakers, we recite Sanskrit spells and provide food for hungry people in our community. We prepare a food offering and use ancient spells to invite the hungry ghosts into the room. He explains the origin of the Obon rituals of making offerings, setting boats into the river and doing a traditional dance. He explains how those rituals form the basis of our weekly liturgy, which represents our commitment to serving the community. As they explain in the video below, Bernie developed our liturgy with the kirtan singer Krishna Das. Sitting with people or aspects that I don’t want to acknowledge is part of my daily practice, both on the cushion and in the meals program of our Montague Farm Zen House. At our meal last Saturday, a guest said something to me and I didn’t acknowledge her. Looking back, I realize that I had a sense that her mannerisms and behavior were weird. They didn’t conform to typical social standards. Why didn’t I want to let her in? It makes me think about attending a group therapy session for the mentally ill of a dear family member of mine. I previously didn’t want to accompany that person. I didn’t want to acknowledge that people can lose control. I didn’t want to acknowledge how people’s psychotic delusions reflected my own personal delusions. But staying in that space and returning to similar spaces has deepened my connection to that family member, to myself and to...

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Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman: A Conversation (Part 1). A Tricycle Web Exclusive

Watch here! Look for Part 2 next week and for Katy Butler’s interview with Jeff Bridges in our upcoming Fall 2010 issue! (recorded by Ms. Mars of Cenozoic Studios for Tricycle, Photos taken by Seabrook Jones for...

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Instructions to the Cook wins Filmaker's Choice Award

I did a blog post a few days ago where you could view Instructions to the Cook at the Culture Unplugged online film festival.  Thanks to your votes, this film one one of the ten best! From the Culture Unplugged Studios Team (www.cultureunplugged.com) We would like to thank you for your film submission to Culture Unplugged and participating in “Humanity Explored” We are happy to inform you that your film ‘Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Recipe for Living a Life That Matters ‘ is selected among the top ten films for Film-Maker’s Choice Award (best art). This group of ten films for the mentioned award is selected by the public and C.U. festival team. We have sent this 10 films to esteemed film- makers /Producers / Social Scientist / Activists  across the globe. They are: Andrew Cohen (is an American guru, spiritual teacher, magazine editor, author, and musician who has developed what he characterizes as a unique path of spiritual transformation, called Evolutionary Enlightenment), Barrie Osborne (Producer, New Zealand, 7 times – Oscar winner), Michael Peyser (Producer, Film Executive, and/or Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California), Elza Maalouf (Integral Insight Consulting Group), Shekhar Kapoor (Film-maker/Director, India, Oscar Nominated 2007), Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph. D(professor emeritus in the theoretical physics department of the University of Oregon, pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness), Michal Levin (writer, spiritual teacher, and pioneer of her own independently developed LEAP (Life Energy Activation Process) Meditation). Along with you we are anxiously awaiting to hear their voice and receive the vote. We will be contacting you soon. Our best wishes to you for this as well as future films. Yogesh on Behalf of, Culture Unplugged Studios Team www.cultureunplugged.com Promote Films. Promote...

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Bernie Glassman/Krishna Das workshop

“Secret notebooks…wild pages” blogs about her trip to Montague for the Bernie Glassman/Krishna Das workshop in which they discuss service. Great pics as well.

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Watch Instructions to The Cook: A Zen Master's Recipe for Living a Life That Matters

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Video: Krishna Das & Bernie sing/explain origin of ZP theme song

At a workshop at the Zen Peacemakers’ Motherhouse last Saturday, Krishna Das and Bernie described the origin of the Gate of Sweet Nectar, the Zen Peacemakers’ primary liturgy and “them...

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