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Zen Peacemakers

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About Us

Founded by Zen Master Bernie Glassman, our mission is to realize our oneness and relieve suffering through contemplative social action through the practice of our Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action

What We Do

Community Events

At Zen Peacemakers we offer a variety of virtual and in-person events. As part of our community, you will have access to these free events including Peacemaker Circles, Peacemaker Chats, Affiliate events, and more for free.

Core Trainings

As part of our efforts to make Zen Peacemakers accessible and valuable to all, we have recently launched Core Trainings. These trainings encompass knowledge about Council Practice, the Three Tenets, Meditation, our History, and more.

Taking Action

Taking Action: that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness

The underlying intention is that the action that arises be a caring action, which serves everyone and everything, including yourself, in the whole situation.

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Bearing Witness Retreats

Our Bearing Witness Retreats rely on our Three Tenets and take place in locations where deep human trauma occurred and where healing is endlessly needed. Our intention is to contribute to the healing of these places with our Retreats. Click below for details on our three Annual Retreats.

Zen Peacemaker Order

ZPO is dedicated to training those living a life of commitment, aligned with the principles of  Zen Peacemakers and the Three Tenets. To Find out more, click below.

The Three Tenets

The Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action lay the foundation for everything we strive to accomplish in our community. To learn more about how we utilize the Three Tenets within our practices click below.

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Our Journal

Memories of Maezumi Roshi

by Bernie GlassmanI first met Maezumi Roshi in 1963. At that time, he was a young Soto monk working in Los Angeles at Zenshuji under

I kept showing up…

by Judith Haran   After staying at home for over two years during the pandemic with only a silent spouse and my cats, I was

Healing the Scars of History

Healing the Scars of History BY LINDSAY KYTE| FEBRUARY 9, 2023   Retreats are being held at Auschwitz, a former plantation, and a site where Indigenous people