Zen Peacemaker Affiliate
Peacemaker-Gemeinschaft Deutschland
We are a hub for German Peacemakers and people interested in the practice of the ZenPeacemakers. Members offer Zen, Peacemaker circles, Councils, Days of Reflection, events in their places all over Germany. We also collect donations to support peace-creating projects mainly in the fields of refugee work, reconciliation, and EcoDharma.
Tell us a bit about how your group was concieved
There were a couple of committed Zen Peacemakers after the Auschwitz Bearing Witness retreat in 2011 who were trained as Circle Stewards by Barbara Salaam Roshi. We met regularly and contemplated about how to support each other and offer new people a structure to get in touch. In 2013, we decided to create the association.
How many members do you serve? 15
Tell us about one exciting project, program, or other offering you are currently working on.
Gabriele in Berlin is working on the German Version of Etty Hillesum Cards - Claudia, Reiner, Manfred and Kathleen are into several EcoDharma-Activities (like participating in an interreligious week for the environment in Cologne, like offering regular walking meditations in nature) - Dorle, Reiner and Kathleen are preparing the 2. Peace Days in Buchenwald Memorial - Jörg and Kathleen are offering monthly online Meditation and Council in German - Cornelius and Georgia are engaged in refugee projects (just a few examples...)
How do the Three Tenets inform your social engagement?
This may be pretty different in the local engagements of the 15 members. When we meet, we usually draw on the Three Tenets as a common base of our connection and action. In events or retreats, they our our basic guidelines. We may say more here when we tell about special events and activities on the Hive.
What is the most meaningful challenge your organization Faces?
We are still very few committed Peacemakers in Germany. The challenge we work on these days is to find a way to get in touch with more people who have been on ZP retreats or other events, as to create a more energetic field of Peacemaking here in our country (without seeming to compete with the international ZP community).
For more information: kontakt@zen-peacemakergemeinschaft.de
Peacemaker-Gemeinschaft Deutschland -
Bonn, Germany