On the Road

Bernie at Mexican Refugee Camp (Chiapas)

Rainbow at Auschwitz, Poland

Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are frequently on the road working to bear witness, wage peace and inspire hope and you can join. It is possible that Bernie is giving a Workshop near you. He frequently is making Journeys to the Field to the corners of the globe touched by war, poverty and genocide.

Bearing Witness Retreats

In the days of Shakyamini Buddha, during the rainy season, Buddha would stop his meandering and spend time with his monks and nuns in one locale. In Japanese this period is called Ango, a period in space and time of peace. In English we use the word retreat to often mean “getting away from the issues of the world.” A Bearing Witness Retreat is becoming one with the “issues of the world.” A Zen Meditation Retreat is to bear witness to the wholeness of life. I use the word “plunge” for my Bearing Witness Retreats. To plunge into the unknown, i.e., to plunge into that which my rational mind can’t fathom. These plunges or Bearing Witness Retreats have helped folks let go of their attachments to their ideas or concepts and experience things as they are.


Bearing Witness Retreat

Nov 10-14, 2014


Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 18th year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat in November 2013.



Speaking Engagements

Bernie is also Available for Speaking Engagements and Workshops thru the Penguin Speaker’s Bureau. Please Contact: Elaine Trevorrow, email or by phone at 212.366.2258

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