Serving the One: Training in Spiritually-Based Social Action

  Program Begins January 8-11, 2015

  Program Ends June 18-21, 2015

Participation Limited to 20 Attendees

Program Description


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 in 1982 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.

It will take place at Greyston, in Yonkers, NY, and Bernie will use the Greyston Mandala as his main case study. Bernie will discuss the practical and visible applications of the Greyston model and participants will be given the opportunity for hands-on internships at the Greyston Bakery.

white_plum_greyston__5buddhasThe program begins with a four-day workshop led by Bernie Glassman, from January 8-11, 2015. This workshop will include teachings and discussion on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers, the Five Energies used to structure the Greyston Mandala (including most importantly their practical applications), and Greyston’s own Pathmaking Program, a philosophy and path providing individuals with a foundation on which to build their own life path.

From Jan 2015 thru June 2015, participants will be divided into teams of 4 and each team will serve an internship at the Greyston Bakery for 1 week. These internships will be under the supervision of Greyston Bakery President and CEO, Mike Brady, Wharton business graduate and long time meditator. The purpose of the internships is to provide a hands on experience of working in a profitable company based on a spiritual practice.

closing-circleThe program will conclude with another four-day workshop led by Bernie Glassman, from June 18-21, 2015. Participants will be asked to evaluate their internship experience, including the following reflections:

  • To what extent did the Three Tenets manifest in Greyston’s structure and operations?
  • To what extent did the Five Energies manifest?
  • What worked and what didn’t?
  • Suggestions for change.

[Greyston staff will be on hand to listen to and address issues.]

Interested participants will be able to present their ideas for spiritually-based projects.

A final overview of spiritually-based action and social entrepreneurship will end the workshop.

Registration, Payment and How to Get More Information

Fee: $2500
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Provide a Tax Deductible Donation for supporting this Program.

Please specify in the comments block, of the donation form, that your donation is for the support of the Serving the One Program.

You can also give Laurie Smith, (413) 367-5278,  your credit card information, or send a check made payable to Zen Peacemakers, PO Box 460, Sunderland, MA 01375 attention Serving the One Program.

Travel to Workshops and travel for Internships is not included in the Fee.

If you have special needs please list them in the comments box in the Registration Form.

For more information, please contact Laurie Smith by: email or by Phone: 1 (413) 367-5278.

Reading for the Program

Reading Material for this Program is Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters by Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields

Zen is not just about what we do in the meditation hall, but what we do in the home, the workplace, and the community. That’s the premise of this book: how to cook “the supreme meal”—life.

Bernie Glassman founded Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, New York, in 1982 to employ those whom other companies deem unemployable—the homeless, ex-cons, recovering addicts, low-skill individuals—with the belief that investing in people, and not just products, does pay. He was right. Greyston has evolved into an $12 million-a-year business with clients all over the world. It is the sole supplier of brownies to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and has even sold cakes to the White House.

This book is as much a self-manual as a business manual, addressing such concepts as

• Beginner’s mind • Sustainability • The “hungry ghosts” of Buddhism as a picture of all humanity • Working with our ingredients • Indra’s Net and the interconnectedness of life

What does the Fee include?

The fee includes the tuition for all the workshops and internships listed in the Program Description above.

The fee includes lunch but not the other meals, travel and accommodations for the workshops at Greyston in Yonkers, NY, USA.


The housing for the workshops and internships at Greyston in Yonkers, New York is not included in the fee. We can assist you in obtaining lodging nearby Greyston. Let Laurie know if you wish this assistance. Laurie Smith at 1-(413) 367-5278 or by email,

We are making arrangements at the Hampton Inn Suites in Yonkers. We will have a block of rooms at a discounted price, so when you register please give the code: Zen Peacemakers.  The Inn has a courtesy van that can bring you back and forth to Greyston. It is about a 15 minute ride. They also serve free breakfast. You may cancel this reservation up to 24 hours ahead of time.

Greyston History and Mission

greystonThe Greyston Mandala is an integrated network of programs providing jobs, workforce development, low-income housing, supportive services, childcare, after-school programs, tenant services and community gardens. Greyston’s programs assist individuals and families in visualizing and realizing their paths to self-sufficiency.


The Greyston Bakery is a force for personal transformation and community economic renewal. We operate a profitable business, baking high quality products with a commitment to customer satisfaction. Grounded in a philosophy that we call PathMaking, we create jobs and provide integrated programs for individuals and their families to move forward on their path to self-sufficiency.


Greyston has a successful 30 year history that’s grounded in a philosophy to better our community and the lives within it. This philosophy permeates everything that we do and has helped to make Greyston the force of socially conscious purpose that it is today.

In the 1980s, our founder, Roshi Bernie Glassman recognized that employment is the gateway out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency. In 1982, he opened Greyston Bakery, giving the hard-to-employ a new chance at life. His open-door policy offered employment opportunities regardless of education, work history or past social barriers, such as incarceration, homelessness or drug use.

Out of this hiring policy a new and larger mission grew. Low-income apartments were built for the formerly homeless, providing housing for Bakery workers and their peers. Soon after, Greyston Child Care Center was founded to ensure that a lack of high-quality, low cost child care wouldn’t be a barrier to work. As the AIDS epidemic spread, Greyston responded by opening Issan House and the Maitri Center, providing housing and adult day health services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Growing awareness of health disparities for communities of color and growing concerns about the environment prompted the creation of the Community Gardens and Environmental Education program. Most recently, in response to the recession, which disproportionately impacted poor Yonkers residents, Greyston launched WD 2.0, a comprehensive workforce development program.

What originally began as a modest bakery has grown into a broad array of results-oriented, evidence-based programs and services designed to respond to the changing needs of Yonkers residents. We are proud to say that today, Greyston serves over 2,200 community members annually.


  • 1982: Greyston Bakery founded in the Bronx, NY by Roshi Bernard Glassman
  • 1987: Relocation to Southwest Yonkers
  • 1988: Production begins on brownies for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
  • 1988: First affordable housing opens with Child Care Center
  • 1992: Greyston Foundation is established
  • 1995: First Community Garden opens
  • 1998: Greyston Bakery and Ben & Jerry’s celebrate 10 years of production, selling more than 300,000 pints of Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream
  • 1998: Issan House and Maitri Center open to serve the HIV/AIDS population
  • 2004: New Bakery completed, chosen as an AIA Top Ten Green Project
  • 2009: Greyston launches a new Workforce Development program, designed to provide both hard-skills and soft-skills training to hard-to-employ individuals
  • 2012: Greyston Bakery achieves $10 million in sales
  • 2012: Greyston registers as New York State’s first Benefit Corporation
  • 2013: Greyston opens new $32 million multifamily housing developing in Yonkers with 92 modern, energy efficient apartments for local working families

Cancellation Policy

If the Program is canceled by the Zen Peacemakers, registrants will receive full refunds of the paid registration fees. No refunds can be made for airfare or any other expenses related to attending the workshop.

If a registration is canceled by the participant more than one month (31 days) prior to the Program start date, all but $100 of the paid fees will be refunded.

If you cancel 15-30 days before the start date of the Program, you will receive all but $300 of your fee.

Fees are non refundable if a registration is cancelled by the participant within two weeks (14 days) of the start date of the Program.

All refunds will be processed within 60 days of notification of cancellation.

For more information, please contact Laurie Smith at 1-(413) 367-5278 or by email.