Zen Peacemakers


OUR MISSION is to realize our oneness and relieve suffering through contemplative social action.

Zen Peacemakers

What We Do

The Three Tenets

Not Knowing, Bearing Witness,
Taking Action

The Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers were first developed and articulated by Roshi Bernie Glassman in 1994. Since then, they have been studied and practiced by many people, including non-Zen Buddhists, and presented by many Zen Teachers.

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International Community

Connect With Members
Throughout The World

Over 3,000 Global Members
Regional Affiliates
Find Your Community

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Bearing Witness Programs

Bearing Witness to the joy and
suffering of the world

When you Bear Witness you open to the uniqueness of whatever is arising and meet it just as it is. When combined with not-knowing, bearing witness can strengthen your capacity for spaciousness, thus enabling you to be present to the very things that make you feel as if you have lost your center.

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Programs, Events, Retreats,
and Education

Zen Peacemakers International is able to provide our online programs and events, retreats, education and ongoing support to our global membership by way of the kindness and generosity of our community’s contributions.

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Zen Peacemaker Order

An expression of Buddhist vows to live an
awakened life and alleviate suffering

Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO) is dedicated to training those living a committed life aligned with the vision and teachings of the Zen Peacemakers and the Three Tenets

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Media Library

Enjoy Our ZPI Journal
and Event Recordings

Original content covering event videos, dharma talks, news, retreat reflections and reports.

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May we always have the courage to Bear Witness;
To see ourself as Other and Other as ourself
Our Journal


To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the

Bernie Glassman Dharma Talk: Holy Week in the Streets

NEW YORK, USA. I go on the streets at other times of the year, too, and each occasion is special in its own way, but the streets feel different during Holy Week. The re-memberance and caring that spring to life during that time are unmistakable and unforgettable.