Zen Peacemakers


OUR MISSION is to support, inspire, train and mobilize a world-wide movement of members and affiliates conducting humanitarian, peace-building, social and civic action based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking 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

Bernie Glassman Passes Away

Except: Originally Published in TRICYCLE (November 4, 2018) The influential Buddhist teacher was a pioneer of Zen in the West who blended his spiritual practice

The End

    The end begins on a sunny day at Shea Stadium, the Spring of 1972, the bosses secretary liked me, offered me two tickets