Affiliate Bios: Europe

Austria

Andreas Jito Leszkovsky

Born Dec. 18th 1968 in Vienna, Austria. Father of a 10 years old son. Socialworker and Socialmanager since 20 years. Graduated Academic Developer for Social Responsibilty (University of Vienna). E-Learning studies in Politics and Sociology.

Leads a pub, in which people with mental illness cook and serve some fine dishes.

Practiced several buddhist traditions since 1992, especially Zen. Founded the ZPC Vienna in April 2004, responsible as Steward of the ZPC Vienna for the last 6 years.

Attended trainings with Paul Shoju Schwerdt, Barbara and Roland Wegmüller. Attended Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat in 2005, visited in 2009 the Mother House in Montague (Bernie`s Birthday, Sesshin) . Experiences in NVC, Council, Naikan, Body Psychotherapy, Shiatsu, Martial Arts. Received Jukai by Roland Wegmüller in November 2009.

Germany

Gabriele Anchi Nachtschatt

I was born 1964 in Austria and I am living in Berlin since 1993. I am a mother of three children between 13 and 22 years. I am an educationalist and psychotherapist (Gestalttherapie) working in Berlin in my own office.

I met Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1996 in Berlin at his presentation of the just published book Bearing witness. I have heard about the Auschwitz Retreat in 1995 because my former husband joined the first Retreat and told me about his experience. At that time I started to read Bernie’s books and got more and more interested in his work. I tried to integrate into my daily life all I was reading, in the way I understood it. At that time my children were very young, they needed me a lot as their mother. Over the years, when the date of Auschwitz Retreat came closer, within my thoughts I flew there, knowing that it was not the right moment to confront my children and me with Auschwitz. The right moment emerged. In June 2010 I joined the Auschwitz Retreat. It was a deep experience to me, and I felt that I had to come back to that place where so many people and whole families lost their lives. In 2001 I joined the workshop “The Gate of Sweet Nectar” with Roshi Eve Myonen Marko in the Zen Centre Solingen, organized by Heinz-Jürgen Metzger. I got to know Eve as a wonderful teacher of the “circle work” and the practice of that liturgy. It was the first time I heard about the “Fife Buddha Families” and about “Feeding Demons”.

I was very inspired and I felt that this work fits me. Some years later again I had the possibility to deepen the work with this wonderful liturgy. That was in Swiss with Barbara and Roland Wegmüller, who I had met first in Solingen.

This initial experiences and the shocking attack of the World Trade Centre in 9/11 2001 induced me to initiate a Peacemaker Community in Berlin. Encouraged by Heinz-Jürgen Metzger, who at that time was the bridge to Bernie for me, I started in January 2002 with a group of 4 and later 8 people to talk about the basics of the Peacemakers’ Order and about our lives. This group consisted till the end of 2006.

In the course the years my contact to Barbara Salaam Wegmüller got deeper and she became my teacher. In 2005 I did my Steward-Training with her and in 2008 I began with precept studies, needled my Rakusu and in autumn 2009 I received Jukai and my Dharma name Anchi during a beautiful ceremony in the presence of my two younger children and some Swiss friends. Before that I had the great pleasure to visit the Maezumi Institute and listen to the story of Bernie’s life as a Zen Master, and staying there during the following Seshin.

All this experiences fills me with gratitude and induces me to initiate a Zen Peacemaker Circle in Berlin again.

The Zen Peacemaker Circle meets once in a month for meditation and Counsel, for studies and exchange, for planning projects etc. Our first regular meeting will be on January 23rd. We are now six persons in the circle. Since we are still at the beginning, we have to get to know each other and have to find out how we work best. One project I am trying to start is a workgroup on the theme of tolerance and diversity for young adults with the perspective to accompany them to the Auschwitz Retreat. I like to work with them by reading biographies and diaries of victims and victimizers, telling own stories and give them an understanding of Council, and (very important to me) to listen to their needs.

Monika Winkelmann

Monika Winkelmann, born 1952, one adult daughter and married to the peacemaker Reiner Hühner. In 1968 Abitur in Madrid after three years living in Spain. Studies of the languages German and Spanish at Hamburg University, Northern Germany. Making experiences as a worker in factories for more than a year. For five years employed as secretary for foreign languages in English, Spanish, Italian, French.

First and deeply touching encounter with Transcendental Meditation and Hatha Yoga at the age of 26. Birth of daughter Lisa in 1984. Several years of psychoanalisis. Work for a member of Parliament of the Green Party in Bonn (8 years).

In 1990 beginning of a big shift in my professional identity: Teacher and lecturer for Creative Writing 1992. Courses in Theme-centered Interaction (Ruth Cohn), Poetry-therapy. The weekly courses grew to one-day and week-end workshops. My main focus laid upon Intuitive Writing without red pencil and me myself seeing as a kind of “midwife and dying facilitator”. In 1999 foundation of the “Women’s Writing School KALLIOPE”. Retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh in Germany and with lineage holders, with H.H. the Dalai Lama or lineage holders. For about ten years running workshops twice the year in meditative or rather essential writing “Writing like Breathing” in a Buddhist Centre near Bonn/Koblenz. Training in non-violent communication for many years, still in a process. I trained with Coleridge Daniels Council and “Rites of passages in nature”. Circle-work, council, living learning methods as dancing, singing (universal peace songs), wisdom tales and poetry from all over the world, working with symbols, interfaith ceremonies, mindfulness exercises and WritingCoaching are as well tools and methods.

Foundation of the “Dialogue- and Writing Workshop for Children and Grandchildren of the war: Bearing Witness” in 2008. – Every single, even the smallest course for children, is initiated by the bell and a silence period. So it can be said, that the silence, perhaps, is my greatest teacher. – Together with my partner Reiner we are running workshops for couples, teaching a specific, ritualized form of dialogue (“Zwiegespräch” by Michael Lukas Moeller) as well as rites of passages workshops, e.g. at the end of the year. – In August 2009, in Frankfurt, sudden “falling in love” with Bernie, followed by booking Auschwitz retreat in 2010. Since then I am studying with my husband the peacemaker vows with the help of our teacher Barbara Salaam Wegmüller. We founded the Peacemaker-Circle Bonn in 2010 and are going to take the Jukai-ceremony in June 2011. – With peacemaker Georgia von Schlieffen I am writing a book, where we personally as well as the groupmembers of the Children-of-the War-Workshops bear witness to the traces war has left in their own but also in our souls, minds and bodies.- Namasté.

Reiner Hühner

Influenced by my family and childhood, characterized by silence, violence and hardship, I became a spiritual seeker. My family-roots laid in Catholicism, my father was a keen singer being a member of and representative head of the local church choir.

Through my addiction of alcohol I became able again to open myself towards life, I began to open myself to the colors of life and their magnificence and last but not least I opened myself to the divine. I followed the path of self-awareness in the form of AA Groups and discovered an interest in healing methods. This strong interest led to my enrollment at the school of holistic complementary medicine in Bonn and I studied complementary medicine for two years. In that time I encountered the spirituality of the Native Americans and shamanism, did vision-quest and assisted in a team running vision-quests and rituals as a “firekeeper” for three years. My heart was deeply touched by its closeness to nature and creation and I felt that I was connected to everybody and everything, being protected in the bosom of the Creator.

Later I started doing meditation feeling a need for depth and self-realization, a need for silence, a need for a teaching encompassing harmony and ethical/social action. My teachers and dear examples in the form of human beings consisted of Thich Nhat Hanh, Marshall B. Rosenberg, Walter Mauckner & Axel Schmidt, Richard Rohr, Bernhard Langwald, Arthur Dorsch and many more. Furthermore the alcohol was a great master – my master of surrender, of the fact that I’m not able to control everything.

The concentration-camp of Buchenwald was my great master too. I learned at this horrible place that through deep devotion I found encounter and even love, love behind the horror, and I was starting loving Buchenwald through the practice of Zen and my work at this site. I experienced that perpetrators are also victims.

One of my greatest masters is my wife Monika, who taught me to listen to my inner voices and that I can more and more appreciate the artist in me. My job is my great master in the form of providing stability and money to me and my family. I learnt through my work the “Way of the Cross”, that work is my hell, but also that through my job I learnt patience and humility.

And Lisa, my step-daughter is my great master. With and through her I learnt to be a father and devotion towards a child, a child which I never had in genetic terms. I also learnt about growing trust and love being responded to.

I would also like to emphasize the inter-faith dimension of my spiritual practice. This practice has emerged through my great suffering due to catholic church which I encountered and were imposed on me through my parents and the educational system I had grown up with. I suffered from these narrow spiritual practices, from their dogmatic nature which didn’t allow a healthy inner spiritual growth.

Catholic Church education and doctrines plus the fact of the destructive consequences of World War II have also disabled my masculinity causing deep suffering. This deeply rooted suffering led to a further spiritual search and engagements reflected by running groups for men on the issue on men and spirituality and the consequences of World War II on men, male expressions and disabled masculinity. The search for healing forms of masculinity and healing circles of men is a main focus of my heart also leading and guiding me to attending this year’s Auschwitz Retreat. Creating such healing circles of men – men embracing each other in a protected spiritual environment and share their tears is of inner importance to me and my spiritual/social practice.

After having written a first draft in English my bio, I read it aloud to Monika and Georgia. Then Georgia suggested to me that she would like to write a text on my behalf putting my words together into a coherent text in order to emphasize my deep heart feelings rather than writing an ordinary CV. So I told my “soul sister” Georgia von Schlieffen the story of my spiritual path and she put it into the words you are now reading.

Dharma Holder Paul Shoju Schwerdt

Der Leiter des Bambushain-Sangha ist Paul Shoju Schwerdt. Der Psychotherapeut, Designer und Kampfkunstlehrer beschäftigt sich mit Zen Paul Shoju Schwerdtseit rd. 35 Jahren, lernte in dieser Zeit bei verschiedenen Meistern, legte 1992 Jukai (die buddh. Gelübde) ab, wurde 1998 in Hangzhou vom damaligen Abt des Jingci-Tempels He Nan zum zenbuddhistischen Priester ordiniert, im Jahr 2000 in Jerusalem zum Spiritholder des damaligen internationalen Zen-Peacemaker-Ordens ernannt. Ab 2002 leitete er als Direktor des Zen Peacemaker Ordens, später Zen Peacemaker Circle für Europa diese Gemeinschaft. 2004 ernannte Bernard Glassman Roshi ihn zu seinem Dharmahalter, 2005 wurde er im Wudanggebirge/V.R. China von Meister Xude in die daoistische Quanzhen-Linie eingeführt.

2006 begründete er den Bambushain-Sangha und eröffnete im Februar 2008 den Zhulinci-Tempel. Paul Shoju Schwerdts Anliegen ist es, Zen/Chan sowohl einer Tradition und Lehre entsprechend, als auch zeitgemäße Werkzeuge und Hilfsmittel nutzend, zu vermitteln.

Sensei Heinz-Jürgen Metzger

Heinz-Jürgen Metzger was born in 1952 in Landau/Pfalz, Germany. After finishing his studies in sociology and German, he took up a teaching post in a high school, where he taught social sciences, economics as well as German literature and language for twenty years. He gave up this post in 1999 to work as the Director for the Peacemaker Gemeinschaft Deutschland.

In 1985 he began his practice of zazen with the Association Zen International founded by Taisen Deshimaru Roshi. He became the personal translator and interpreter of Zen-Master Roland Rech from whom he received the lay-ordination in 1989 and the ordination as a monk in 1991 and dharma transmission in 2010.

Heinz-Jürgen Metzger is in charge of the BuddhaWeg-Sangha (www.buddhaweg.de). In 2007 he was elected Vice-President of the Association Bouddhiste Zen d’Europe.

Besides German he speaks English and French and has served as interpreter and translator in both languages. He has edited two books on Zen-Buddhism and written several articles about engaged Buddhism.

After having served several years in the Spirit Holder Group of the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Rereat, Heinz-Jürgen Metzger started in 2001 to lead sesshins in the former concentration camp Weimar-Buchenwald. He also spends every year five days in street-retreats in German towns. As a member of the Order of Disorder (OD) he enjoys to work together with Mr. Yoowho (Moshe Cohen) in leading Clown-Workshops throughout Germany.

Svenja Hollweg

I work as a kindergarten teacher and am a mother myself; as a youngster I was socially engaged, deeply concerned about the social and ecological grievance in this word. From 2002 to 2007 I practiced Vipassana meditation, and since 2007 I am a council facilitator – mentored by Gigi Coyle, Marlow Hotchkiss (Ojai Foundation), Manitonquat und Joana Macy – organizing circles, mainly to build community (www.mensch-raum.de). For a long time meditation, council and social action seemed to me „either-or“ – till I got that one is an expression of the other… So I moved on and came across the Peacemaker community. It felt like the threads that had inspired me in my life up to now all merged. That’s gorgeous! In June 2012, my Partner Rupert Weis and I did the circle steward training with Barbara Wegmüller in Switzerland. Since then we offer Social Meditation and also started building a Zen-Peacemaker circle in Detmold-Bielefeld.

What inspires me? It’s not about creating another organization or offering another seminar – there are already thousands of them … it’s about building bridges between all the good intentions, methods and activities – to celebrate „togetherness“ – that’s what really inspires me!

What might the care of the public spirit look like? Looking at the whole – or the public spirit – needs a clear cultural form, ways of expressing itself, and places of authentic cooperation, where heartiness has more space again. So that the tender spring flowers of the worldwide movements can grow and contribute to a gloriously blossoming summer garden. Sure enough it needs comprehensive care … soil, seeds, patience, sun, water… and I believe that we all, each and every one of us, are gardeners in the field of social connectedness.

Circle Zen for me is nothing but this: to take care of the social garden – a consequence of my inner path and an ongoing practice. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! May all beings be happy!

Great Britain

Sensei Patrick Kundo Eastman

Father Patrick was born in South-West England on September 24, 1937. After graduation he was employed as an executive in industry working as a purchasing manager for an engineering company. Prior to his Anglican ordination, he received an MA in theology from Oxford University, England. During his education for the Anglican priesthood he studied moral theology for a semester with Fathers Bernard Häring and Joseph Fuchs in Rome. He served as a priest in the Church of England from 1969 through 1983. Since ordination he has received an MA in Perspectives of Human Nature from Sunderland University in England and an MA in Monastic Studies and Spirituality from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

Father Patrick and his wife, Maureen were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the Cistercian (Trappist) Abbey at Nunraw, Scotland on November 4, 1983. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma in August 1984.

From November 1983 until September 1995, he was the Director of Spiritual Formation for the Diocese of Tulsa, providing spiritual direction and retreats for parishes, religious communities, and priests. His concern for spiritual growth and the welfare of the priests was also expressed by his role as coordinator of the Committee for Priestly Life and Ministry in the Diocese. He has taught spirituality and related topics for the Permanent Diaconate Formation program and to Religious and lay groups. He has personally acted as spiritual director for many priests, religious and laity as well as training others in spiritual direction.

From January 1988 until July 1989, Father Patrick also supplied priestly ministry for the parishes of Sacred Heart, Skiatook and St. Jude’s, Tulsa. From 1989 to 1991 he was the director of Family Life ministries for the Diocese. He served as administrator for St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish from June to October 1990. From February 1990 to September 1995 he acted as part time chaplain to the community at Osage Monastery, a Benedictine Ashram committed to East/West dialogue. He served as the diocesan liaison for the Catholic Charismatic groups from 1983 to 1995. He was an associate pastor of St. Bernard’s church in Tulsa from 1995 to 2003.

Father Patrick founded and edited Monos, a bimonthly spirituality journal in 1985 which continued under his role as spiritual director of The Monos Community until 2004. He was a regular columnist on the subject of prayer for the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic diocesan newspaper from 1984 to 1992. Father Patrick has contributed articles to a number of spirituality and monastic publications. Father Patrick has been a Benedictine Oblate since 1963 and is currently an Oblate of the Camaldolese Benedictines at Big Sur CA. He retains close links with several Cistercian (Trappist) communities. He was a Zen student in the Sanbokyodan lineage under Dr. Ruben Habito from 1995 and from October 2001 until March 2005 he was a formal student of the Mountain and Rivers Order under the direction of Abbot John Daido Loori Roshi at Zen Mountain Monastery having spent a month’s residency there. His teacher is now Fr. Robert Kennedy Roshi SJ in Jersey City who installed him as a Sensei in the White Plum Sangha in May 2009

Having retired from his ministry in Tulsa in 2004 he returned to England and now lives in the Diocese of Clifton where he now acts as Parish Priest of Tetbury Catholic Church. as well as conducts Zen sesshins etc. at the Ammerdown centre and at other locations. in the UK. he has founded and leads the Wild Goose Sangha which currently meets in Cirencester.

Chris Zangtsal Starbuck

Chris Zangtsal Starbuck comes from Leicester in England, the most multi-cultural city in Britain, and after many years away has recently returned to live there with his partner and 2 year old daughter.

He works in a Higher Education college with young adults with autistic spectrum conditions. He studied molecular biology at Glasgow University, and went on to form an experimental theatre company based on physical drama, dance and intimate contact between performers and audience. His love of Islamic arts and culture led him to study in the Sufi tradition, inspired by the example of the Prophet Muhammad and the poetry of Rumi, and he’s been fortunate to have studied in the Mevlevi, Jerrahi, Naqshabandi and Chisti Sufi lineages.

For 20 years he has practiced Buddhism, with the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, the Zen Peacemakers, and the new Zen Garland interfaith community. He’s a Circle Steward and national coordinator for the Zen Peacemaker Circles in the UK, under the guidance of Barbara and Roland Wegmueller in Switzerland.

He has lived all over Britain and Europe, including two years in Northern Ireland while the armed conflict was still going on, experiencing first-hand daily life in an environment of bombs, riots and sectarian hatred. He loves traditional Irish and Scottish music, flamenco, salsa, the poetry of Robert Burns, and has a fasciantion for the science of complex adapative systems and self-organisation.

Poland

Sensei Andrzej Getsugen Krajewski

Andrzej Getsugen Krajewski is the Director of the Peacemaker Community Poland and co-organizer of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat.

Born 1939 with strong wanderlust. Graduated Faculty of Philosophy at the Warsaw University to spend some lazy years on traveling foot.

Active with the political opposition in Poland during the Marshal Law in 1980s.

Writer and literary translator (from Swedish to Polish.) He began practicing Zen with Dae Soen Sa Nim in 1980 and since 1983 has continued his Zen practice with Genpo Roshi as his main teacher.

Since 35 years married to Malgosia Braunek, successful actress and zen teacher.

Since 1997 related to and under big influence of Roshi Bernie Glassman.

He claims to – sometimes – attain the beginner’s mind. Andrzej has been co-organizing the Auschwitz-Birkenau Retreats since the very beginning in 1996.

Switzerland

Roshi Niklaus Brantschen

Niklaus Brantschen and Pia Gyger founded the Lassalle-Institut in 1995 under the name Institute for the Creation of Spiritual Consciousness in Business and Politics. They led the institute together until autumn of 2003. As a course leader and a leader of the project Jerusalem – Open City for Learning World Peace, Niklaus Brantschen remains closely connected with the Lassalle-Institut.

From 1973 to 1977 he was a member of the leadership team of the training center Haus Bad Schönbrunn and became its Director in 1977. From 1987 to 1993 he was a university chaplain in Zurich. During this time he completed his formal training as a Zen teacher in the Sambo-Kyodan tradition under the direction of Yamada Koun Roshi in Kamakura and was given the name Go-Un-Ken (“Cloud of Enlightenment”). He has been an authorized Zen master in the White Plum Sangha since 1999 and was given the additional Dharma name Jinshu (“Divine Source”).

Together with Pia Gyger he founded the Lassalle Zen lineage in 2003. In 1993 he repositioned Haus Bad Schönbrunn as a center for spirituality and social consciousness and gave it the name Lassalle-Haus. He was Director of the Lassalle-Haus until autumn 2001.

Roshi Pia Gyger

Pia Gyger and Niklaus Brantschen founded the Lassalle-Institut in 1995 under the name Institut for the Creation of Spiritual Consciousness in Business and Politics. They led the institut together until autumn of 2003. As a course leader and a leader of the project Jerusalem – Open City for Learning World Peace. Pia Gyger remains closely connected with the Lassalle-Intstitut.

From 1982 to 1993 she was General Director of the Katharina-Werk community and effected the spiritual and institutional-structural renewal of the community, which had until that time been open only to women.

From 1983 trough 1988 underwent Zen training under the direction of Yamada Koun Roshi in Kamakura. She completed her Zen training under Aitken Roshi in Hawaii in 1990 and received authorization to teach and she was given the name One Ground from him in 1996. She has been authorized Zen Master in the White Plum Sangha since 1999 and bears the additional Dharma name Jinji (Divine Mercy).

Together with Niklaus Brantschen she founded the Lassalle Zen lineage in 2003.

She founded the Project for the Meeting of the World Religions in 1986 and Sister Pia’s Greenhouse School in the slums of Ibayo on the edge of metropolitan Manila in 1989. In 1992 she initiated LaboRio 21, a training program in spiritual-political consciousness for young people.

She is an experienced seminar leader, a much well known lecturer and a author whose books include Maria, Tochter der Erde, Königin des Alls (Mary, Daughter of Earth and Queen of the Universe) and Höret die Stimme des Herzens. Werdet Priesterinnen und Priester der kosmischen Wandlung (Hear the Voice of the Heart. Become Priestesses and Priests of the Cosmic Transformation).

Sensei Peter Ki Gen Widmer

Founder and director of zeneo.ch – co-creating future & zen-integral.com. Parallel to my zen practice intensive self-exploration with gestalt therapy since 1995 and lucid dreaming which occurred all of a sudden during intensive zen training periods since 1993; discovering Voice Dialogue, the Big Mind Process some time ago and the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), a tool for exploring adult maturity by Susanne Cook-Greuter, with whom I work on co-creating change and future with people in and outside of companies. 20 years of zen practice, sensei since 2004, having been visiting lecturer at different Universities in Germany, Switzerland and Austria before starting my independent work in 2005. Author of “exploring mysticism”, Verlag Herder 2004.

Sensei Sara Kokyo Wildi

I started zazen at the age of 24 together with friends and with the help of some zen books. In the late nineties I spent 5 years in California, first at the Zen Mountain Center and then at Sweetwater Zen Center in San Diego. Today I run a yoga school and zendo in Switzerland. I practice and teach under the supervision of my teacher Roshi Anne Seisen Saunders from Sweetwater Zen Center. Last October i joined the Swiss Peacemaker Sangha as a board member. my hope is that we can practice together and serve those in need in the best possible way.

 

 

Dharma Holder Franziska Schneider

Franziska Schneider began her spiritual practice in 1991 as a student of the Japanese teacher and healer Hiroshi Nozaki. Until his passing away, she organized seminars and meditations with him. In 2004, she began her Zen studies with her teacher Roshi Pia Gyger, Switzerland. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Zen Peacemaker Circle Berne/Switzerland, and in 2011, she has been empowered as Dharma holder of the Zen Peacemaker Circles by Sensei Barbara Wegmüller, Switzerland. Since 2008, she has attended workshops with Roshi Bernie Glassman and Roshi Eve Myonen Marko in the US and in Europe. After the retirement of Roshi Pia, she has continued her Zen studies with her teacher Roshi Eve. Franziska serves as steward of the Zen Peacemaker Circle Berne/Switzerland, who meets every six weeks for a day of meditation, studies and council practice. She also offers weekly meditation practice in St. Gallen/Switzerland.

Sensei Barbara Salaam Wegmüller

Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, born in 1952. She grew up in socially engaged family. She is married with Roland Wegmueller and mother of five grown-up children. The couple has three grand children and lives with the big family and several family pets near Berne, Switzerland. From 1990 to 2001 Barbara practiced meditation and dream work with Annette Kaiser in the lineage of the Sufi teacher Irina Tweedie. 1999 Barbara met her teacher, Zen Master Bernie Glassman from him she got her Dharma name Salaam. He made her a Zen Peacemakers Circle Dharmaholder and recognized her as a Sensei in his lineage, in April 24. 2011. After studying with Roshi Eve Marko, Barbara got from her transmission as a Lay Preceptor of Zen Peacemakers . Additionally Barbara studied together with Tsultrim Allione Tibetian Buddhist practice. Since 2005 she is also part of the group of Spiritholders at the Retreat in Auschwitz Birkenauau. She offers silent Zen Retreats including Council practice. She is a member of the advisory board of the Zen Peacemakers. Barbara offers trainings for Stewards of the Zen Peacemakers Circles in Europe and offers workshops about the play of the five Buddha families including the method of council. An important part of her social engagement lies in the support for refugees in her one country. As a member of Peacemaker Gemeinschaft Switzerland she is happy to offer networking for peace activists around the world and to suport several projects. Since many years she is involved in interreligious dialog. As married woman and mother lies her main focus in working with lay students to stress family life and relationships, as well as socially engagement as spiritual practice.

Sensei Roland Yakushi Wegmüller

Roland Yakushi Wegmüller was born 1954, in Bern Switzerland. Since 1988 he is working as a Homeopath and MD in his own general medical practice. As the leader of an immunization program in West-Africa from 1982-1985 he came in touch with African rituals and got initiations as a shaman in the early eighties. During 1990 – 2000 he pursued meditation and dream-work with his Sufi Teachers Annette Kaiser, Llwellyn Vaughan-Lee and Irina Tweedie. Since 1999 he met Roshi Bernie and studied Zen and has organized, led and participated in interreligious gatherings and events, e.g., the Auschwitz Retreat and Street Retrets. As a founder member he joined the study and development of the European Zen Peacemaker Order and later the Peacemaker Circles Europe and the Peacemaker Circles Switzerland. In 2008 Roland Yakushi received transmission as a Preceptor in the Zen Peacemaker Sangha from his Preceptor Teacher Roshi Eve Myonen Marko. For 10 years he was practicing Koan Studies with Roshi Genro Gauntt and got acknowledgement as a Sensei from Roshi Bernie Glassman in 2010. With his wife Barbara Salaam he is leading the “Spiegel Sangha”, Berne, Switzerland. He offers Zazen practice, Days of Reflection, Zen Circle Practice. As a Preceptor he supports people on the path of receiving the Ceremony of Precepts (Jukai). Since 2003 he is the President of the Peacemaker Gemeinschaft Schweiz. As the initiator of the “Club of the 200″ he is a fundraiser and supporter of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Non-Violence in Bethlehem Palestine. With Barbara Salaam he has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

4/18/2014