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Zen Peacemakers


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

Zen Peacemakers

What We Do


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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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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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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Core Trainings

Council Practice, the Three Tenets,
Meditation, our History, and more.

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.

Coming Soon

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

Bearing Witness to the Night

March 2024 Many mornings, as something of a ritual affirming my connection to a Home Place, I log on and connect to a webcam feed

Get Out of Your Head

When we project conditioning from our past onto the present, we turn a benign moment into something else. Understanding the “five conditions” can help us

Beloved Community

Beloved Community   Into the circle of all beings we have come With sunshine and tree and raven and coyote and deer and rabbit and

I can write again – It becomes concrete

08. Nov 2023 Bernie Glassman and Zen Peacemakers/The deep meaning of begging for malas/street retreats In 2007 I must have heard about Zen Peacemakers, probably

A Pilgrimage to Rüdesheim

Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Hildegard von Bingen rund um meinen Geburtstag: 13.-15.4.2023 von Monika Winkelmann | 20. Aug 2023 | 0 Kommentare   Die Heilige Hildegard von Bingen – Erste Deutsche