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.
Attend members’ meetings, panels, sharing circles and trainings in Zen Peacemakers practices and the Three Tenets:¬†Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking Action.
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.
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.
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:
As a ZPI Affiliate Leader you will be able to:
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]
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.
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.