Zen Is Nothing Other Than The Ethical Life

In some circles Zen is viewed with suspicion. What solid ethical foundation can there be to this radical take on spirituality, which pulls the rug out from under our certainties? Leaving us nothing to hold on to, is Zen a morally neutral zone – where anything goes? At the same time, throughout the liturgy we […]

The Hill We Climb

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry. A sea we must wade. We braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is […]

Introducing a ZPI Affiliate: Eighthwave

To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group: What is your organization’s name? EIGHTHWAVE What type of Affiliate would you like to be identified as in our ZPI […]

We Happy Few: An Eternal Bond

November 2020. A member of my dissertation committee and the Buddhist Chaplaincy Department Chair at the University of the West, Dr. Jitsujo Gauthier had posted an open position at a non-profit organization called Zen Peacemakers International. I was finishing up a semester as an adjunct faculty at the university and had no classes or jobs […]

Lessons from Alabama

Lessons from Alabama May 2022 Zen Peacemakers’ Bearing Witness to Racism in America Retreat Four Posts with Four Photos By Ellen Krause-Grosman    #1: May 8, 2022 “What happened here in Alabama was a human rights issue not a civil rights issue. In this case the marginalized community was black.” Timarie, a local racial and […]

Introducing a ZPI Affiliate: GreenFaith

To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group: What is your organization’s name? GreenFaith. What type of Affiliate would you like to be identified as in our ZPI […]

Reflections on Bearing Witness to Racism in America (2022 Retreat – Alabama)

This past week, I traveled with thirty-five other Zen Peacemakers to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma, Alabama to bear witness to racism in America, to “see ourself as other, and other as ourself.” We stood on the same ground where Black people were shackled and sold. Where families were torn apart, divided up as property. Where children […]

Introducing ZPI Affiliate: Great Mountain Zen Center

To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group: What is your organization’s name? Great Mountain Zen Center (GMZC). What type of Affiliate would you like to be identified […]

Introducing ZPI Affiliate: Zen Center of Denver

To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here on the Hive to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Introducing a new ZPI affiliate group: What is your organization’s name? Zen Center of Denver What type of Affiliate would you like to be identified as […]

Bernie Glassman and „Underserved Places“

I keep thinking about Bernie Glassman, especially when people are struggling to get involved. Some think there is nothing they can do here, the powerful are always in charge. Others say that as a Christian, it’s enough for me to put things in God’s hands, to pray for everyone involved in the war and, if I […]