This is an exciting time to donate and support Zen Peacemakers International!
In a few weeks, we will launch our brand new website as well as a dedicated and carefully designed membership platform to support, inspire, train and mobilize our membership and affiliate network of social engagement based on the Three Tenets – Not Knowing, Bearing witness and Taking Action.
YOUR DONATIONS WILL SUPPORT:
Our growing global membership and membership platform – up to now we have used prevalent social media platforms to connect our membership. We listened to our members and developed a platform crafted for our unique purpose and interests and to support our affiliates groups. It will launch this November 2017, and you are invited.
2018 bearing witness programs with Native Americans – an innovative combination of service on Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation and a bearing witness plunge with the Lakota in South Dakota, Turtle Island (USA)
2018 Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat – In today’s climate of intolerance and instability, our ground-breaking flagship annual event will return for the 23rd time to Auschwitz-Birkenau, to contemplate the dramatic extent of humanity’s shadow and our innate capacity to include. Your gifts will support the retreat, as well as extending scholarship towards guests of honor, of diverse backgrounds or limited means.
The Zen Peacemakers Journal, providing weekly original material carefully curated by our staff, featuring stories of hands-on application of the Three-Tenets from our leaders and members around the world.
Our Founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman, in entering a new chapter of recovery since his stroke in 2016. Bernie’s recovery has been remarkable thanks to many of you, and supporting Zen Peacemakers International allows us to provide him with the daily personal care and services he requires to get even better.
Zen Peacemakers International staff to support,Â contribute to, and accomplish all of the above and carry forward Zen Peacemakers’ 30-year legacy.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK IN 2017Â
Continued Relationship with Lakota: Zen Peacemakers is committed to continue honoring, learning from, and supporting the indigenous peoples and the Native Americans on Turtle Island. Following the success of our 2015 and 2016 programs, Zen Peacemakers held two programs in 2017:
- 2017 Week of Service: Thirty participants partnered with the local community and non-profitÂ Simply Smiles to renovate homes in the town of La Plant and build a cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation, and supported local youth with summer camp activities, art projects, a basketball tournament and community meals.
- 2017 Bearing Witness Plunge: Lakota Hosts Manny Iron Hawk, Rene Fasthorse Iron Hawk and Violet Catches led twenty-eightÂ Zen Peacemakers in an intimate ‘rolling’Â retreat through sacred sites like The Little Bighorn River and Bear Lodge.Â There, peacemakers were told cherished traditional stories and listened to present-day experiences of Lakota life in the United States. Many of the participants had been to bearing witness retreats in Rwanda, Auschwitz and Bosnia, and weaving those experiences together with the narrative of the Native Americans resulted in a rich and powerful experience.
â€śWe had the honor of working on a house that will be the home of a local man. The conversations, the companionship of the people from Simply Smiles, the chance to talk with the future-owner of the home and get his perspective on the Res, and the satisfaction of contributing to such a worthwhile project filled our hearts.â€ťÂ —Â Plunge Participant
Support of our MembersÂ Around the World – Zen Peacemakers International is dedicated to supporting our members in carrying forward actions in the spirit of the Three Tenets, by providing guidance along the way and outreach through our global network. In 2017 we supported our affiliates in:
- SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: BEARING WITNESS RETREAT in Bosnia-Herzegovina:Â Zen Peacemakers Members, led by Zen Peacemaker Order Founding TeachersÂ in Europe, have successfully realized a bearing witness retreat in the Balkans, initiated by Zen Peacemakers International. Nearly 70 participants from all over Europe and the US attended.Â Partnered with theÂ Center for Peacebuilding staff, participants spent a week immersed inÂ the lively culture and complex history of the Balkans, and the trauma of the 1992-95 Bosnian War. The organizers drew from their participation in, and long-time contributions to otherÂ Bearing Witness retreats to make this retreat the success it was. Read more here.
- NEW YORK, USA: BEARING WITNESS RETREAT to Land Food and Race:Â For this retreat, Rev. Ariel Pliskin of Unity Tables and Roshi Paco LugoviĂ±a partnered with Soul Fire Farm in New York State.Â Twenty participants from different states in the USA, mostly people of color and non-gender conforming people, contemplated the relationship between American’s legacy of slavery and present-day inequity, and the intersection between this inequity and food production.Â The retreat included ‘hands-on-the-land’ activities interwoven with meditation, council practice and bonding with the local community. Both Ariel and Paco drew inspiration from their long-time contributions as staff on the Auschwitz retreat, and consulted with ZP staff throughout the envisioning, execution and aftermath of the retreat.
- HELSINKI, FINLAND: STREET RETREAT in September 2017 Zen Peacemakers members, led by Roshi Frank DeWaele, spent four days begging for food and money, sleeping where they could, and plunging into the rich history and presentÂ of this fascinating city, using only the Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action, as their guides.Â Mikko Rakushin IjĂ¤s, Member and First time retreat organizer said, â€śThe whole Zen Peacemakers International community has been [an] extremely helpful and crucial resource as I was setting up this retreat. I had so much support through our online groups, emails and meetings. It really changed everything.â€ś Read more here.
Thank you for your support of Zen Peacemakers in 2018.