In the Fall of 2007, Roshi Bernie Glassman taught a graduate course at the Harvard Divinity School entitled “Buddhist Arts of Ministry in the Zen Peacemakers Order.”
The course focused on new ministry paths developed by the Zen Peacemakers order, which integrate Zen precepts and practices into social action programs that work with the unemployed, homeless and people with AIDS in urban ghettos and war-torn situations. Students were trained in the means for transformation of individuals, neighborhoods, and society according to the practices of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Students also are helping in the planning stages of a new project to establish Zen Houses in impoverished areas of the U.S.
The following are unedited recordings of Bernie’s lectures for you to download. Edited transcripts of the lectures and the remaining audio recordings of the lectures will be added as time permits.
The following are unedited recordings for you to download. They are from the January 2008 retreat of Zen Peacemakers Sangha Seniors with Roshi Bernie Glassman. The topic is “Skillful Means (Upayas) in Zen Peacemaker Groups, Circles and Zen Houses.” We will add a brief summary of each recording as time permits.
Bernie Glassman and Zen Peacemakers
Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat (1996) Trailer: Michael O’Keefe
Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Recipe for Living a Life that Matters: DVD by Christof Wolf, S.J.
Directed by Christof Wolf, S.J., Produced by Ron Schmidt, S.J. and Christof Wolf, S.J., Edited by Jason Schmidt Bernard Glassman teaches a distillation of Zen wisdom that can be used as a guide for business, social ventures, peacemaking or just life. The documentary demonstrates the uniqueness and human impact of Glassman‘s work and life. Not only a Zen teacher, he works as a peacemaker in the field of interfaith dialog throughout the world. He has helped change a whole neighbourhood in Yonkers (New York). The film shows how one can live a life that matters.
Roshi Bernie Glassman leads a group of Zen students thru the temples, monasteries and tradition associated with his lineage and the development of Buddhism in Japan. During the bus ride, he narrates his understanding relating to the places and people the group visits.
Still Films by Peter Cunningham
The 2007 Zen Peacemaker Sangha Meeting
Zen in the West: Maezumi Roshi 1931-1995
Clips from Jane Pauley show and CBS 60 Minutes show on Greyston