Workshops With Bernie Glassman


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

Dec 15-18, 2014, Living a Life that Matters, Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

How do we live a meaningful life? In their own special and engaging way, Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko will share their experiences of living the life of a homeless person during street retreats and other social activism projects, such as the Bearing Witness project. Through spiritual teachings, personal stories, and a good dose of humor, these two distinguished and charismatic spiritual leaders will inspire you to take action and make your life matter to you and to others.

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January 8-11, 2015, Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action, Greyston, Yonkers, NY

The Zen Peacemakers is sponsoring a 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 life. This program will clarify the spiritual foundations of such a path and how they can be applied to one’s life and work.

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Mar 5-8, 2015,Living a Life that Matters and a Zen Peacemakers Gathering, Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Living a Life that Matters and  a Zen Peacemakers Gathering, Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Apr 25-26, 2015, Through the Gate of Sweet Nectar: Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits, Zen Center of Los Angeles, LA, California

egyoku_nakaoLed by Roshi’s Bernie Glassman and Wendy Egyoku Nakao

This weekend program explores the power of this rare and beautiful liturgy that invites all suffering spirits into the mandala of our practice. It is about serving all beings, not separating ourselves from suffering, our own or others, and then feeding the hungry spirits of suffering, both inner and outer, in order to bring them to peace. The ceremony invites the Five Great Buddhas to be present as we open our lives to the truth of suffering. Not coming to terms with the reality of suffering, arising from greed, hatred, and delusion, we are unable to fulfill our fundamental vow of saving all beings from suffering.

The foundation of the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony is based on Ananda’s deep connection with his mother, and his great suffering in relation to her trials in her afterlife. Ananda, according to lore, then went to the Buddha to see if there was anything he could do to help his mother. The Gate of Sweet Nectar was the Buddha’s gift to Ananda.

The ceremony is a profound plea that goes to the root of Buddhism itself, which is to save all sentient beings, understanding that we are all the Buddha and we are all suffer. It is through this acknowledgement that all hungry spirits are liberated.

We will explore the meaning and making of this powerful liturgy with Roshi’s Bernie Glassman and Wendy Egyoku Nakao. We will learn the liturgy, its history and enact it, as this is the core liturgy of the Zen Peacemaker Order, done at Auschwitz, Rwanda, and places of great suffering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLx0Dtuxj-k

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Jun 11-12, 2015, 2-Day Workshop Way of Council: Penetrating Deeper, Led by Jared Seide, Greyston, Yonkers, NY

Fee: $500 

Led by Jared Seide, the Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice.

During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’

Participation limit: 20

Jun 13-14, 2015, 2-Day Workshop on ZPO 3 Tenets, Greyston, Yonkers, NY

Fee: $500 

Led by Bernie Glassman.

Three Tenets of a Zen Peacemaker

Taking refuge and entering the stream of Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:

  • Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others

June 18-21, 2015, Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action, Greyston, Yonkers, NY

The Zen Peacemakers is sponsoring a 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 life. This program will clarify the spiritual foundations of such a path and how they can be applied to one’s life and work.

…..read more and/or register

Aug 21-23 , 2015, Through the Gate of Sweet Nectar: Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Led by Roshi’s Bernie Glassman, Pat Enkyo O’Hara and Joan Halifax

enkyo joan_halifaxThis weekend program explores the power of this rare and beautiful liturgy that invites all suffering spirits into the mandala of our practice. It is about serving all beings, not separating ourselves from suffering, our own or others, and then feeding the hungry spirits of suffering, both inner and outer, in order to bring them to peace. The ceremony invites the Five Great Buddhas to be present as we open our lives to the truth of suffering. Not coming to terms with the reality of suffering, arising from greed, hatred, and delusion, we are unable to fulfill our fundamental vow of saving all beings from suffering.

The foundation of the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony is based on Ananda’s deep connection with his mother, and his great suffering in relation to her trials in her afterlife. Ananda, according to lore, then went to the Buddha to see if there was anything he could do to help his mother. The Gate of Sweet Nectar was the Buddha’s gift to Ananda.

The ceremony is a profound plea that goes to the root of Buddhism itself, which is to save all sentient beings, understanding that we are all the Buddha and we are all suffer. It is through this acknowledgement that all hungry spirits are liberated.

At the time of Halloween, we will explore the meaning and making of this powerful liturgy with Roshi’s Bernie Glassman, Enkyo O’Hara, and Joan Halifax. We will learn the liturgy, its history and enact it, as this is the core liturgy of the Zen Peacemaker Order, done at Auschwitz, Rwanda, and places of great suffering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLx0Dtuxj-k

…..register

Oct 31-Nov 1, 2015, 2-Day Workshop on ZPO 3 Tenets at Auschwitz, Krakow, Poland

Fee: $500 

Led by Bernie Glassman

Nov 2-6, 2015, Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat., Auschwitz/Birkenau, Oswiecim, Poland

Most of each day is spent sitting by the train tracks at Birkenau, both in silence and in chanting the names of the dead. There is time to walk through the vast camps, do vigils inside womens and childrens barracks, and memorial services. Prayer Services from various religious traditions are offered daily. Participants meet daily in small Council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group meets in the evenings to bear witness to oneness in diversity. Although Auschwitz, the Place, is the main Teacher for this retreat, experienced Spirit Holders meet, with Bernie Glassman, each day to reflect on the retreat flow, schedule, events and make appropriate modifications if necessary.

Nov 8, 2015, 1-Day Workshop on How 3 ZPO Tenets Were Manifested or Not-Manifested at Auschwitz Retreat, Krakow, Poland

Fee: $250 

Led by Bernie Glassman

 

 

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