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.
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 […]
PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS MILESTONE EVENT AND COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION TODAY OR AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVENIENCE. (THE RETREAT IS FREE OF CHARGE TO ENROLLED TRIBE MEMBERS) AN INVITATION TO ATTEND THE NATIVE AMERICAN BEARING WITNESS RETREAT By Eve Marko, Grover Genro Gauntt, Rami Efal “With visible breath I am walking. A voice I […]
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. […]
ISRAEL-PALESTINE. In April 2018 a group of Swiss, Brazilian, Israeli and Palestinian Zen Peacemakers visited Israel and Palestine. Read Zen Peacemaker Iris Dotan Katz’ reflection on the trip, with photographs.
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.
Straat Retraite Duiken op een Street Retreat is een zeldzame en unieke kans om je versteld te doen staan. Het leven opent zich niet op al te veel manieren voor ons om buiten onze gebruikelijke routines en ideeën over onszelf en wie we denken te zijn te komen. De straten nemen je mee op een […]
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To strengthen our planetary network, ZPI will feature newly affiliated groups. Join us here at https://hive.zenpeacemakers.org 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 […]
BERN, SWITZERLAND. “Since her accident in May, she can only use her left arm. I put it around my neck and remind her to feel her feet and to trust the floor she is wearing. I hold her close to my body and like in a dance we manage together two steps to the night commode, where she sits down powerlessly…”