“Bernie has been the center of gravity for many of us and our projects. As a lover of people and a connector, he manifests the conditions for all of us to empower ourselves. He is the first to remind us that the power never comes from him, but rather through the undaunted capacity to forge ahead pioneering into unknown universes”. -Sensei Francisco Paco Lugoviña, senior Zen Peacemakers teacher.
Never predictable nor conventional, Bernie’s dynamic and visionary leadership has inspired many to experiment with new forms of practice and service over the years. In addition to the Greyston Foundation and Bearing Witness Retreats, many of these experiments have grown into substantial programs that have impacted the lives of thousands over many years. A small sample of programs whose founders identify as members of the Zen Peacemakers Sangha family and who cite Bernie as inspiration include:
The Zen Peacemakers’ is currently focusing on “journeys to the field” to the darkest corners of the globe touched by war, genocide and poverty in order to serve as ambassadors of peace and hope. The Zen Peacemakers will join various groups around the world to provide support, advice and inspiration. Zen Peacemakers will report on, and video-record, the voices of nonviolent activists and share them with their extensive online community. If the past is any indication, the Zen Peacemakers style of deep presence, relationship-building, problem-solving and consciousness-raising will plant seeds that make lasting contributions towards building peace.
We envision an enlightened society where suffering is transformed into wisdom and compassion and all beings live in harmony and are relieved of the afflictions of hunger, war and disease. Spirituality and service are tools we use to help all beings find freedom regardless of race, religion, ability, gender or nationality.
We seek to bear witness to the joy and suffering of the universe, and to realize and actualize the oneness and interdependence of life through study, practice and action for personal and social transformation. We seek to connect and empower peacemakers throughout the world. We are committed to nonviolence, inclusivity, free expression and experimentation.
Entering the stream of Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of: