ZPO Bearing Witness Training Program

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First Cohort

Led by Bernie Glassman

November 8, 2014

Program Full

Join Waiting List by Linking Here

 

Second Cohort Begins November 7, 2015

Fee: $5000

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.

If you have special needs please list them in the comments box in the Registration Form.

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

General

Please visit the webpage describing the Auschwitz/Birkenau Retreat and read more about the details of that retreat. For more information, please contact Ginni Stern by: email or by Phone: 1-802-734-6223 or by Skype: ginnistern 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

The general housing for the Bearing Witness Training Program participants at the Auschwitz/Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreats is Double Occupancy. There are a small number of single rooms. When you fill out the Registration Form please help us with room asignments by filling in your gender. If you are attending this program as a couple, please list your roommate and select “yes” on the couple’s button in the Registration Form. If you have a desired roommate, please give us their name in the appropriate box. 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 Ginni know if you wish this assistance. email or by Phone: 1-802-734-6223 or by Skype: ginnistern

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.

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.

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

Participation limit: 20 Priority given to those in BWT Program
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
Full
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