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 through the Dharma teacher Werner Heidenreich, who told me about a meeting in Germany, perhaps in Solingen.  I remember being fascinated, I had never heard of anything like it. Among […]

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 Dichterin und Kirchenlehrerin Vom 13.-15. April diesen Jahres reiste ich mit meiner buddhistischen Freundin und Schreibstudentin Teresa Jansen als einziger Teilnehmerin nach Rüdesheim. Eine Kleingruppe hätte ich mir vorstellen können, […]

Everything is Practice

Dharma Talk 24/07/23 – Richard Warner For the Dharma talk this week I wanted to take up a phrase teacher Richard Herps used in his talk last week. If I remember correctly Roshi Cecilie asked him a good Zen question: ‘What is practice?’ to which he replied: ‘Everything is Practice’. This struck me as a […]

Slow Walking

Camino de Santiago, Astorga, Spain (26.06.2023) On pilgrimage, on walkabout, the destination isn’t really the point. There’s no goal. It’s a conversation with the land, it’s peaks and rivers, the flowers, weather, history, rocks. It’s a conversation with the interior landscape. Slow walking holds not knowing. To race to a destination invites injury and alienation. […]

Fury & Faith

Fury & Faith by Amanda Gorman You will be told this is not a problem, Not your problem. You will be told now is not the time For change to begin, Told that we cannot win. But the point of protest isn’t winning; It’s holding fast to the promise of freedom, Even when fast victory is not […]

Taking Action with Eon Zen

Serving Dinner at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless Serving and engaging in community is fundamental to Zen practice. The Third Tenet of the Zen Peacemakers is taking action. The action that arises from this practice is a caring action that serves everyone and everything, including yourself, in the whole situation. Through the practice of […]

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 Sumi Roshi, then Sokan of North America. I attended a small zazenkai at Zenshuji. Although I had some familiarity with zazen, walking mediation was new for me. So I asked […]

Małgosia Braunek’s “Be” Foundation – Ukraine Update

Dear ZPI Friends Today 1 year passes since the Russian full-scale invasion on Ukraine. As many of you know already on February 27, the first transport of medical supplies collected by our Foundation, Sangha Kanzeon, Blyzkist collective and many friends set off from Warsaw, Poland. Thanks to Your amazing help, hearts, and support from the […]

Sister Mary 0’Sullivan: Gentle Sound

by Monika Jion Winkelmann   In these three months of November 2022-2023, Sister Mary, the third person so dear to me, has died. Those who met her, usually in the large foyer of the “Center for Dialogue and Prayer,” in Auschwitz, where the large, international Zenpeacemaker groups were housed, relaxed imperceptibly and smiled. Sister Mary […]

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 in desperate need of contact with the human race. I’d retired from my job as a psychiatrist in 2019. I had been on the ZPI mailing list for a long […]