Sage from Cheyenne River reservation burned today at Zen Peacemakers offices. MONTAGUE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA. Lakota spiritual leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th holder of the sacred white calf woman pipe who has led in Standing Rock and has met with Zen Peacemakers last summer, requested spiritual leaders around the world to join him in […]
By Sensei Michel Engu Dobbs, Zen Peacemaker Order STANDING ROCK, SOUTH DAKOTA. About an hour after going into a ditch in a white-out blizzard as we headed out of Oceti Sakowin camp and back to Bismarck, I began to look over at my friend Grover and wonder what the best way to cook a Zen […]
In September 2016, Roshi Anne Seisen Saunders, abbot of Sweetwater Zen Center, San Diego USA and member of the Zen Peacemaker Order, visited Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, Turtle Island (USA), the location of the ongoing historic stand taken by many nations of Native Americans in response to construction of pipeline on reservation land. This is her […]
Standing People, Rooted People: Peacemaking Among the Indigenous Cultures of Southern Africa and Turtle Island
Drawing experiences from different corners of the world, two ZPO members, one from the United States, Roshi Grover Genro Gauntt and one from Finland, Mikko Ijäs, share their stories of being welcomed by #FirstNations and the #indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (Northern America) and Southern Africa and how their appreciation of #peacemaking was affected by encountering these rich wisdom cultures and the individuals that embodied them.
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples
With growing support for movements such as the campaign to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States is an essential resource providing historical threads that are crucial for understanding the present. In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”
Grieving and Praising Together: Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Roshi Eve Marko on Mystery and Caring for all Relations
Roshi Eve Marko reflects on the wisdom and teachings of Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse in relation to Standing Rock, honoring Mother Earth, and the profound mystery of life. Tiokasin Ghosthorse is a Lakota Sundancer from Cheyenne River Reservation; he hosts First Voices Radio, a program that appears on some 70 local public radio stations in this country, and travels all over the world presenting Native consciousness and values.
What We Do Some of us work with immigrants from Africa and the Middle East in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany, and have assisted in refugee camps in Greece. Some of us support the efforts of Lakota elders to revitalize their language and culture, and stood with them at Standing Rock to stop the Dakota […]
Native American Plunge Zen Peacemakers Native American Plunge 2021 Check our Journal for reports and reflections from our 2021 Plunge and our past retreats. We will offer a five-day retreat, Friday, July 9 through Tuesday, July 13, in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, USA and surrounding areas. Presenters will be Arvol Looking Horse, Violet Catches, […]
Peter Pierson, a writer and a participant in the Native American Bearing Witness Plunge in 2019, offers us a reflective writing piece that shares a bit about how the practice of “Not Know” remained with him throughout his return home, long after the retreat had come to an end.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau retreat is the core program of ZPI’s Bearing Witness programs. What follows is this year’s impact report on the 23rd Bearing Witness retreat in Auschwitz.