“There is a calling welling up from my heart that demands to be acted on… the urge to be part of the healing force in the world. ”¬†¬† ~Marja, Canada


Whether you are an activist, artist, humanitarian, a peacebuilder, community organizer, clergy member, or involved in science, service or medicine, find like-minded people around the globe, dedicated to spiritual practice and to a new kind of change.  Watch a recording of a past Entrepreneurs Cluster meeting.


Attend members’ meetings, panels, sharing circles and trainings in Zen Peacemakers practices and the Three Tenets:¬†Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.

Our online events have really grown over this past year and members have access to a growing video library. Watch a recording of our January 2019 introduction meeting.


Our affiliate network conducts events, programs and projects world-wide in a spectrum of fields, from serving refugees to plunging in a Street Retreat, from training in Nonviolent Communication to mobilizing rallies, and more.


Your iOS or Android smartphone will keep you connected anywhere.


Many who have been motivated by the practice of Bearing Witness retreats and by the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers, have self-organized and led programs around the world. Covering themes from refugees, minorities, environment, local civil wars and others, they widen this unique, planetary net of awareness.

  1. Pay-what-you-can membership: All our programs, services and benefits are offered with the support of our sponsors and members. We would like to keep our membership accessible, and invite you to make a monthly contribution that is rewarding to you.
  2. Join, explore and participate in the Zen Peacemakers Hive – our brand new community platform
  3. Join affiliates based on regions, subjects or training centers.
  4. Meet members around the world and nearby.
  5. Organize programs, plunges and retreats.
  6. Submit articles to the Zen Peacemakers Journal.
  7. Register your team/center/service as a ZPI affiliate and benefit from an all-in-one management platform.
  8. Participate in world-wide council meetings online.
  9. Receive our monthly newsletter featuring the highlights of the Zen Peacemakers Journal.
  10. Support a world-wide movement of humanitarian action, peace-building, social and civic engagement based on the Three Tenets

Choose among being a:

Focus Affiliate – centering around a particular topic (i.e. Refugees, Climate Change)

Regional Affiliate – centering around serving the members in a specific geographic region (i.e. Berlin, Germany)

Training Affiliate – affiliating your center providing trainings or special services

Bearing Witness Retreat – centering around a one-of-a-kind bearing witness retreat

A ZPI affiliate will have:

  1. A dedicated online forum;
  2. A dedicated photo folder;
  3. The capacity to post events visible to entire ZPI global membership;
  4. Individual members of the affiliate will be able to connect with other members around the world; and,
  5. Access to the ZPI membership and affiliate platform is donation-based.

As a ZPI Affiliate Leader you will be able to:

  1. Send messages to the members of your group directly from the Hive;
  2. Invite members from within the global network to join your affiliate;
  3. Invite non-ZPI members to join your affiliate;
  4. Participate in quarterly online meetings with other global affiliate leaders (or designate a representative to do so);
  5. Create and share events with your affiliate ZPI members;
  6. Create events open to all ZPI members;
  7. Publish articles/reports on your activities on the Zen Peacemakers Journal;
  8. Benefit from ZPI’s vast social-media outreach;
  9. Attract new members to your own group, grow your following and grow participation in your existing events.

Note about Name of Affiliates:¬†We encourage an affiliate to use a distinct name that does not include ‘Zen Peacemakers’ and to¬†proudly and visibly state (on outreach, media etc.) that the affiliate and its actions “Are conducted in the spirit of the Zen Peacemakers Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.” This way the affiliation is clear, while contributing¬†to the affiliate’s¬†self-empowerment and¬†self-governance.

For more information and to apply, please contact us at¬†[email protected]


Q: In the past I was a ZPO member. How does that relate to Zen Peacemakers International membership?

A: Zen Peacemakers’ long history has included two main groups of followers: one group of social activists who are inspired by the Three Tenets, and another group of social activists that were were inspired by the Three Tenets and also involved in the Zen Buddhist precepts, study, lineage, ordination and training paths, etc. This latter group was commonly associated with the Zen Peacemaker Order (ZPO). The first group is very large, the second is small.¬† Zen Peacemakers International was created to include and serve both groups, and the relationship between them is currently under development.

Q: Must I be a Buddhist? Must I meditate?

A: The Three Tenets are a simple way to live and respond. One may adhere to any or no spiritual path at all. There are many ways to access Not Knowing, whether it be via meditation, prayer, chanting, dance, music-playing – any means that brings one into a space of fresh wonder and brisk openness. Throughout the years Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those of other faiths have been counted among the Zen Peacemakers.