Friends of Bernie (Head for Peace)

Dear Friend,

Having spent decades teaching Zen and working in Socially Engaged Buddhism, I am now spending these early years of my ’70s giving workshops and serving in socially engaged projects around the world. Please support me in this work!

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With love and gratitude,

Bernie

Participate in Bernie’s Vision and Inspiration for Socially Engaged Buddhism Throughout the World

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Please help him in making children laugh, feeding the hungry, promoting love not hate and bringing peace instead of war. Become a Friend of Bernie and turn your principles into action. Through monthly credit card or automatic bank draft donations, your gifts provide a steady—and most important—a predictable source of income we can plan on and budget for as we try to anticipate what lies ahead.

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We thank you for your interest in Bernie’s vision and inspiration for socially engaged Buddhism throughout the world. In appreciation for your interest, we offer you the following, free of charge.

  • Bernie’s Monthly Newsletter with insights into Socially Engaged Spirituality and Bernie’s Reports from the Field.
  • Frequent updates on the Bearing Witness Blog, with the latest news on Socially Engaged Buddhism, announcements for podcasts of talks from the 2010 Symposium of Socially Engaged Buddhism newsletter

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Levels of Support

Supporter ($9+ per month): View benefits and/or enroll

  • Bernie’s Monthly Newsletter with insights into Socially Engaged Spirituality and Bernie’s Reports from the Field.
  • Frequent updates on the Bearing Witness Blog, with the latest news on Socially Engaged Buddhism and announcements for podcasts of talks from the 2010 Symposium of Socially Engaged Buddhism
  • Individuals name or organization is listed on Friends of Bernie webpage (optional)
  • Enroll Online as a Supporter or contact Laurie Smith by phone: (413) 367-5278, or by email.

Zen Peacemakers is a non-profit 501c(3) charitable New York corporation.

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Partner ( $108+ per month): View benefits and/or enroll

  • Bernie’s Monthly Newsletter with insights into Socially Engaged Spirituality and Bernie’s Reports from the Field.
  • Frequent updates on the Bearing Witness Blog, with the latest news on Socially Engaged Buddhism and announcements for podcasts of talks from the 2010 Symposium of Socially Engaged Buddhism
  • Individuals name or organization is listed (linked if possible) on Friends of Bernie webpage (optional)
  • Listed on Bernie’s mala which he wears on all his service trips
  • Signed book from Bernie
  • Enroll Online as a Partner or contact Laurie Smith by phone: (413) 367-5278, or by email.

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Sustainer ($10,800+ per year): View benefits and/or enroll

  • Holder of one of Jeff Bridges’ Heads for Peace: If you are one of the first 18 sustainers, in honor of your commitment to head for peace, you will become the proud holder of a limited edition ceramic Head for Peace, made by Jeff Bridges.
  • Bernie’s Monthly Newsletter with insights into Socially Engaged Spirituality and Bernie’s Reports from the Field.
  • Frequent updates on the Bearing Witness Blog, with the latest news on Socially Engaged Buddhism and announcements for podcasts of talks from the 2010 Symposium of Socially Engaged Buddhism
  • Individuals name or organization is listed (linked if possible) on Friends of Bernie webpage (optional)
  • Listed on Bernie’s mala which he wears on all his service trips
  • Signed book from Bernie
  • Enroll Online as a Sustainer or contact Laurie Smith by phone: (413) 367-5278, or by email.

Zen Peacemakers is a non-profit 501c(3) charitable New York corporation.

I want to donate $10,800 per year or more.
Your Price: $ 

 

Journey To The Field with Bernie

(Head for Peace with Charlie)

Charlie

Support Bernie in his travels around the world to wage peace and build hope. Help him in making children laugh, feeding the hungry, promoting love not hate and bringing peace instead of war.



Working with the Dalits (Untouchables) in India

Dalit Woman and Child

Bhikkhuni Pannavati is assisting Dalits in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. Bernie assisted her with his first journey to the field of Soutnern India in November, 2011. He was accompanied by Roshi Eve Marko and Friends of Bernie Sustainers, Senseis Roland and Barbara Wegmüller.

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Assisting Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka

Founder of the Sarvodaya Movement of Sri Lanka Dr. A.T Ariyaratne

Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka’s biggest charity, is dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of rural Sri Lankans. Their grassroots movement reaches 15,000 villages in 34 districts with 1,500 staff throughout Sri Lanka. The Founder, A. T. Ariyaratne and Bernie have been friends and have shared ideas for 30 years. In December, 2011, Bernie, Roshi Eve Marko and Friends of Bernie Sustainers, Senseis Roland and Barbara Wegmüller visited Sarvodaya in Sri Lanka and Bernie plans to assist Sarvodaya in the coming years.

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Non-Violent Peace Training in Palestine

palestine-non-violence

Due to the Arab Spring there is an increased interest in Non-Violent Peace training. Bernie will be assisting one of the Leaders in this training, Sami Awad, in Palestine.

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Interfaith Encounter Association

The Interfaith Encounter Association, an Israeli NGO, is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study. It believes that, rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond.

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Clowning for Kids in Refugee Camps

Clowns Without Borders offers humor as a means of psychological support to communities that have suffered trauma. Bernie will be accompanying Mr. YooWho (Bernie’s clown mentor and previous coordinator for Clowns Without Borders) to be a schlepper and disturber in refugee camps.

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Serving the Inner-City Homeless and Disadvantaged

In the 1980’s, Bernie established the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York, which today serves as a national model for community development and social enterprise. Bernie has returned to serve the poor and homeless by working in Greyston’s HIV Health Clinic outreach program and by supporting Greyston’s staff in developing its spiritual foundation.

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Feeding Disadvantaged Families

In 2010, Bernie and the Zen Peacemakers started the first Let All Eat Café in Western Massachusetts in order to establish a unique family-friendly soup kitchen. Bernie will serve in new Cafés being started in the United States and Europe by groups who have been inspired by Zen Peacemakers’ model.

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Rwanda

Bernie will be assisting Issa Higiro and Dora Urujeni in their projects in Rwanda.

The Rwanda Genocide was one of worst genocides to occur in the 20th century. Taking place in 1994, hundreds of thousands of Tutsis (a Rwandan ethnic class) were killed in the small African country of Rwanda. Hopefully this five minute video may raise awareness for the usually-overlooked genocide.

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This post is also available in: French, German

4/18/2014