ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

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First Cohort-Program Full

Led by Bernie Glassman

Begins November 8, 2014

 

Second Cohort Begins July 7-12, 2015

Enrollment Now Open Fee: $3500

Travel to Workshops and Retreats is not included in the Fee.

 

All Council Workshops are led by Jared Seide and the Three Tenets Workshops are led by Bernie Glassman.

Jack Nkinzingabo, from Rwanda, and Florence Nangabire, from the Congo have been invited to attend the First Cohort Bearing Witness Training Program so that they could be staff and council facilitators for the Congo Bearing Witness Retreat, if the retreat is held. Jack is a journalist and photographer and Florence works for a NGO helping orphans. She has adopted 3 orphans.

Please donate scholarship monies to help finance their air costs (twice to Krakow and once to NY) housing, food and visa expenses.
Your Price: $ 

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 African Scholarships.

When we bear witness, when we become the situation — homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death — the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what to do. We don’t have to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we listen with our entire body and mind, loving action arises.

Loving action is right action. It’s as simple as giving a hand to someone who stumbles or picking up a child who has fallen on the floor. We take such direct, natural actions every day of our lives without considering them special. And they’re not special. Each is simply the best possible response to that situation in that moment.

—Bernie Glassman

Description of Zen Peacemaker Order Bearing Witness Training Program

I am often asked “How can I learn and experience Bearing Witness?” I am happy to announce that the Zen Peacemaker Order has initiated a training program, led by me, Bernie Glassman, for those interested in training in Bearing Witness. The program begins with a one-day workshop led by Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council, on The Way of Council,  on November 8, 2014 in Krakow, Poland. That is followed by the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. After the Retreat, on November 15, there is another one-day workshop, led by Jared Seide, evaluating the Effect of Council at the Retreat. On June 11-12, 2015, there will be a two-day workshop, led by Jared Seide, on Deepening the Practice of Council followed by a two-day workshop (June 13-14), led by Bernie Glassman, on the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO), i.e., Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Loving Actions. On November 7-8, 2015, Bernie will lead a two-day workshop on applying the Three Tenets of the ZPO to the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. This workshop is followed by the Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz. After the Retreat there will be a one-day workshop, led by Bernie Glassman, on Evaluation of the Retreat via the Three Tenets and how these Tenets can be integrated into our lives.

To read about the Zen Peacemaker Order, link here. Please visit the webpage describing the Auschwitz/Birkenau Retreat and read more about the details of that retreat.

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

This training is required for those wishing to become staff at ZPO Bearing Witness Retreats and for those that wish to create a Bearing Witness Retreat under the auspices of the Zen Peacemaker Order.

You can also sign up for individual Workshops and Retreats with the pre-requisites and conditions listed under the Tab “Schedule of Trainings.” Priority in all the Workshops will be given to those signed up for the full Bearing Witness Training Program.

Lodging

Housing and food for the workshop at Auschwitz after the retreat is included in the fee. Housing and food for the workshop in Krakow before the retreat is not included in the fee.

The housing for the workshops 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.

What does the Fee include?

The fee includes the tuition for all the workshops and retreats listed in the Schedule of Trainings below. The fee includes all buses, food and accommodations at the Dialogue Center in Oświęcim (walking distance to both Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau) for both the 2014 and 2015 retreats. Housing and food for the workshop at Auschwitz after the retreat is included in the fee. Housing and food for the workshop in Krakow before the retreat is not included in the fee. Travel to Krakow and your stay in Krakow are not included in the fee.

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

Schedule of Trainings

Travel to Workshops and Retreats is not included in the Fee.

Date Training Location Price if Taken Alone Conditions for Taken Alone
Nov 8, 2014 1-Day Workshop on An Introduction to The Way of Council. Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Saski Hotel, Krakow, Poland $200

Full
Nov 9, 2014 1-Day Workshop on An Introduction to The Way of Council. Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Saski Hotel, Krakow, Poland $200

Full
Nov 10-14, 2014 Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat, Food and Lodging included in fee. Auschwitz, Poland $1600 or more Link to Auschwitz Retreat to choose Fee and Housing
Nov 15, 2014 1-Day Workshop on Effect of Council at Retreat. Breakfast and Lunch included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Auschwitz, Poland $200

Full
Nov 16, 2014 1-Day Workshop on Effect of Council at Retreat. Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Krakow, Poland $200

Participation limit: 20 Pre-requisite: Council Training Part 1Priority given to those in BWT Program
Jun 9-10, 2015 2-Day Workshop: Council 2: Deepening the Practice:During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’ Other than Lunch, Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Greyston, Yonkers, New York, USA $500
Participation limit: 20 Pre-requisite: Council Training Part 1Priority given to those in BWT Program
Jun 11-12, 2015 2-Day Workshop: Council 2: Deepening the Practice:During this rich 2-day immersion, designed for those who have taken Council Introduction and have had experience facilitating Council, we explore working with challenging situations, conflict, and ‘The Shadow.’ Other than Lunch, Food and Lodging not included in fee. Led by Jared Seide Greyston, Yonkers, New York, USA $500
Participation limit: 20 Pre-requisite: Council Training Part 1Priority given to those in BWT Program
Jun 13-14, 2015 2-Day Workshop led by Bernie Glassman on ZPO 3 Tenets:Three Tenets of a Zen PeacemakerTaking refuge and entering the stream of Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:

  • Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others

Other than Lunch, Food and Lodging not included in fee.

Greyston, Yonkers, New York, USA $500
full
Nov 7-8, 2015 2-Day Workshop led by Bernie Glassman on ZPO 3 Tenets at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. Food and Lodging not included in fee. Saski Hotel, Krakow, Poland $500 full
Nov 9-13, 2015 Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. Food and Lodging included in fee. Auschwitz, Poland $1600 or more Link to Auschwitz Retreat to choose Fee and Housing
Nov 14, 2015 1-Day Workshop led by Bernie Glassman on How 3 ZPO Tenets Were Manifested or Not-Manifested at Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat. Breakfast and Lunch included in fee. Auschwitz, Poland $250 full
Total if Each Event is Taken Alone $5350 or more (depending on housing at Auschwitz Retreats)

The Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemaker Order

Entering the stream of Socially Engaged Spirituality, I vow to live a life of:

  • Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
  • Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
  • Loving actions towards ourselves and others

The Three Tenets serve as the foundation for the Zen Peacemakers’ work and practice. Using the Three Tenets as an orientation transforms service into spiritual practice. Specifically, these practices suspend separation and hierarchy, and open direct encounter between equals as the spirit and style of the services offered through Zen Houses. Not-knowing drops our conceptual framework from very personal biases and assumptions to such concepts as “in and out” “good and bad” “name and form,” “coming and going.” Not-knowing is a state of open presence without separation. In this state we can Bear Witness, the second Tenet, merging or joining with an individual, situation or environment, deeply imbibing their essence. From this intimate “knowing,” we can then choose an appropriate response to the person or situation, described as “taking loving actions,” our third Tenet. This gives rise to the holistic, integrated, wrap-around style of service projects inspired by Bernie’s vision. In speaking about the Three Tenets as separate practices and phases of consciousness, we are making deference to the discriminating mind. They are actually a continual flow, each containing and giving rise to the others.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be processed on a case-by-case basis.  Any refund will be subject to a $300 processing fee.  Please contact Laurie Smith, Office Manager to discuss refund amount. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare or any other expenses related to attending the cancelled event of the Bearing Witness Training Program. All refunds will be processed within 30 days of notification of cancellation.

4/18/2014