Flowers on the Edges of Graves: Roland, 14 Years as the Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat Doctor

At the site of gruesome human medical experiments, Sensei Dr. Roland Yakushi Wegmüller has been serving and ministering the participants of the Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness retreat for the past 14 years. In this personal essay, Roland reflects on his role as the retreat’s doctor, the healing and kindness in the old camp, and the rich experiences and connections he’s had with his patients there. Deutsch nach Englisch.

From War in Syria to Bearing Witness in Auschwitz

Story by Roshi Barbara Wegmüller, Switzerland, September 2016 BERN, SWITZERLAND. My friend Rabia is an extremely courageous woman and I am happy to share my story of how we met. It was in 2006, only days before Beirut was bombed, and our friend Sami Awad from Bethlehem, Palestine, who is a Peacemaker, gave a talk […]

Journeys That Shape Our Lives: The Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Reading for Orcas Island, WA Historical Society & Eth-Noh-Tec, a collaboration between the “Smithsonian Institution’s Journey Stories” & Humanities Washington. August 7, 2010 “Journeys That Shape Our Lives”  by Ginni Stern, in honor of my father, Victor N. Stern who died in a clean bed on February 25, 2008. “The past is never dead. […]

Pursuing Peace: Israeli Zen Peacemaker Reflects on Bridging Divides in Israel-Palestine

ISRAEL. At the beginning of March, Zen Peacemaker Order member Iris Katz presented at a full day workshop in Washington, DC as part of Save Israel-Stop the Occupation (SISO). In this post, Iris gives personal testimony about her role as an Israeli Jew in social movements to alleviate the suffering caused by the Israeli occupation. She discusses the complexities of patriotism, activism, community, and justice in an Israel Palestine context, and highlights the way of responsible Judaism as the vital work of bridging the deeply entrenched divides created by “us and them” frameworks.

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تراجع الشارع الغطس في Street Retreat هو فرصة نادرة وفريدة من نوعها لتفجر عقلك. لا تفتح الحياة من نواحٍ كثيرة أمامنا لكي نخرج من روتيننا المعتاد وأفكارنا عن أنفسنا ومن نعتقد أننا نحن. ستأخذك الشوارع في مغامرة تفتح مساحات جديدة واسعة لسكنك ، في وئام ليس فقط مع المشردين ولكن مع جميع الكائنات. استعد لتندهش. […]

Re-introducing ZPI Affiliate: Peacemakers Finland

To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups.      Join us here at  to explore some of the offerings of the organizations affiliated with ZPI. Sharing the peacemaking activities of a long-time ZPI affiliate group: Peacemakers Finland Peacemakers Finland (PF) is one of the regional Affiliate groups of Zen Peacemakers International operating in […]