Bernie’s Programs

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

Fee: $500 

Led by Bernie Glassman. (Part of Bearing Witness Training Program.)

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.

This is the second part of the program which started in January 2015.

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

Fee: $500 

Led by Bernie Glassman (Part of Bearing Witness Training Program.)

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

Fee: $250 

Led by Bernie Glassman (Part of Bearing Witness Training Program.)

 

Aug 10-15, 2015 Native American Bearing Witness Retreat, Black Hills, SD

 

Black-Hills-Site-Use-Map-JPEG-2This retreat will focus on the American Indian genocide, oppression and neglect that began at the end of the fifteenth century and continues to this day.  A defining event of this era is the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota on December 29, 1890.

Although hundreds of Native American tribes have been either eliminated, drastically reduced, moved or vastly traumatized, for many reasons, the Lakota / Dakota people of the western plains have gained a prominent position in the world psyche as a major archetype of what has befallen America’s native people.

The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemaker Order’s Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness.

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July 11-15, 2016 Bearing Witness to Ethnic Cleansing Retreat in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Ethnic cleansing, by which one ethnic or religious group is forcibly removed from an area in order to make that area homogenous and “pure,” has been a part of human history for centuries. In the last 25 years, it loomed largest in public consciousness—and conscience—in connection with the Bosnian war, which began in 1992. Croats, Serbs, and Muslim Bosnians, representing different religious traditions and a long and difficult history of co-existence, began to carve out their enclaves, often by “cleansing” them of other ethnic group members. …..read more and/or register

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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May 16-17, 2015, Through the Gate of Sweet Nectar: Learning the Heart Liturgy of Feeding the Hungry Spirits, Zen Sangha, Gent, Belgium

Led by Sensei Frank De Waele with Roshi Bernie Glassman and Sensei Barbara Wegmüller

 

dewaeleTberniebarbara_wegmullerhis week end program ex plores 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 Barbara Wegmüller. 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

…..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 and Joan Halifax

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.

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

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