On his 55th birthday in January 1994, Bernie Glassman did a retreat in Washington D.C. working on the question of what should he do to serve those rejected by society, those in poverty and to those with AIDS. Upon returning home, he discussed his vision of a container for people wanting to do spiritual based social action with his wife, Jishu. They decided on developing a Zen Peacemaker Order with the theme of spiritually based social action.
The Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO) is based on The Three Tenets (Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action) and The Zen Peacemaker Rule developed by a group of Founding Teachers of the ZPO in the USA (Grover Genro Gauntt, Bernie Glassman, Joan Jiko Halifax, Sandra Jishu Holmes, Eve Myonen Marko, Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Pat Enkyo O’Hara) and In 2002 a group gathered in Europe to study together and to develop ZPO in Europe. This group was called the Founding ZPO Teachers of Europe and consisted of Malgosia Braunek (Poland), Frank De Waele (Belguim), Michel DuBois (France), Amy Holloway (France), Andrzej Krajewski (Poland), Roberto Mander (Italy), Catherine Pagès (France), Paul Shoju Schwerdt (Germany), Barbara Salaam Wegmüller (Switzerland) and Roland Yakushi Wegmüller (Switzerland). Heinz-Jürgen Metzger (Germany) joined this group shortly after.
We have developed guiding documents and practices to help us actualize these Three Tenets in our lives.
Please check these documents by linking to the various pages on the ZPO sub-menu.
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