Zen Peacemakers: The Future

washington-dc-94On my 55th birthday in January, 1994 I (Bernie Glassman) did a retreat in Washington D.C. working on the question of what should I do to serve those rejected by society, to those in poverty and to those with AIDS. Upon returning home, I discussed my vision of a container for people wanting to do spiritual based social engagement with my wife, Jishu. We decided on developing a Zen Peacemaker Order with the theme of spiritually based social engagement.

The ZPO is currently being re-envisioned by Roshis Wendy Egyoku Nakao and Pat Enkyo O’Hara. Bernie Glassman is the Spiritual Elder.

A proposal on the newly structured ZPO will be presented to ZPO leaders in May 2014.

Proposed ZPO Training Programs

  • Bearing Witness: This training program, to be led by Bernie Glassman,  will begin November 2014. If you want to read more about it or enroll in it, please link here.
  • Bearing Witness Trainers: This training program is in process with the next meetings before and after the November 2014 Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. Enrollment in this training is by invitation only.
  • Council: 1-Day Workshop (Saturday, November 8, 2014) led by Jared Seide, the Director of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice. In Krakow before November 2014 Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. Offerings in Council Training are being discussed by Bernie Glassman with Jared Seide.
  • Council Facilitators: Council Facilitator Training is being discussed by Bernie Glassman with Jared Seide.
  • Entering the ZPO: This is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.
  • Precepts: Studies in the ZPO Precepts are offered at many Zen Peacemaker Groups by various Preceptors. A list will be posted shortly.
  • Preceptor: Training to become a  ZPO Preceptor is offered at many Zen Peacemaker Groups by various Preceptors. A list will be posted shortly.
  • Steward: Training to become a  ZPO Steward is offered at many Zen Peacemaker Groups. A list will be posted shortly.
  • Dharma Holder: Training to become a  ZPO Dharma Holder as well as the definition of a ZPO Dharma Holder is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.
  • Teacher: Training to become a  ZPO Teacher as well as the definition of a ZPO Teacher is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.
  • Master: Training to become a  ZPO Master as well as the definition of a ZPO Master is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.
  • Priest: Training to become a  ZPO Priest as well as the definition of a ZPO Priest is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.
  • Minister: Training to become a  ZPO Minister as well as the definition of a ZPO Minister is being developed and will be discussed in May 2014 with ZPO Leaders.