If you can’t participate in a ZPO circle, and want to train to be a ZPO Steward, here are the steps you should take. Train to become a circle facilitator. You can do this by training in a ZPO group that offers this training or by attending the Bearing Witness Training Program-Second Cohort (http://zenpeacemakers.org/zpo-bearing-witness-training-program-second-cohort/) or by doing the trainings (council 1 and council 2) at Auschwitz. Then you would train with a Steward training. That currently could be done with Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, Roland Yakushi Wegmüller or Frank De Waele.
Most ZPO trainings and all ZPO workshops are open to everyone, not only ZPO Members. You may also apply to be a ZPO Friend and benefit from a 5% discount on ZPO events and receiving all newsletters and communications.
That would be possilble at Auschwitz retreats or by taking the Bearing Witness Training Program-Second Cohort (http://zenpeacemakers.org/zpo-bearing-witness-training-program-second-cohort/)
You can choose any ZPO Group to do the trainings you wish. It is up to the person doing the training whether that could be done by Skype or has to be done in person.
Do the best you can. Noone will check on you.
No, on the ZPO Candidate Form, there is a place to list the Name of Your Precept Teacher (write none if you haven’t had jukai). The form asks for your study and training information.
Check out the candidate application form: where it says that every ZPO Individual Member should
As groups sign up their trainings will be listed here. We have asked every ZPO Group to offer their trainings not only to their members but to all ZPO Members.
I expect another 20-30 groups will be signing up.
Please see the ZPO Training Group Listing where groups are sorted by location, social action involvement and trainings offered. Currently, no group is listed in Philadelphia PA USA but I believe one will be joining shortly.
These entitlements are described at this link.