My account of the Bearing Witness retreat in Bosnia Herzegowina – Mikko Iljäs

– by Mikko Iljäs, Finland –

I believe the Bosnian retreat might have been a very different one from the other retreats the Zen Peacemakers have previously organized, like the ones in Auschwitz and Rwanda. The ZP always urges us to have the courage to listen, to open our hearts and to bear witness. Read more about My account of the Bearing Witness retreat in Bosnia Herzegowina – Mikko Iljäs

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I was badly prepared. That was good. Evi Ketterer

Bearing Witness retreat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2017 – by Evi Ketterer – Monday, May 22, 2017, Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland In my job as a Palliative Care nurse, I was so challenged before the retreat, I could not read anything about real-life death experiences. But I chose to read the novel The Derwish and the […]

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Seeing war criminals as Buddha too – Mirko Gaspari

Mirko Gaspari – Serbia

Introduction and personal background

Had the former Yugoslavia been a country based on the premise that the citizen is sovereign and central to a state’s very existence, and the citizen’s ethnic background (or racial or any similar “blood and soil” or religious affiliation) secondary or even irrelevant, it probably would not have broken-up as violently as Read more about Seeing war criminals as Buddha too – Mirko Gaspari

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Barbara Wegmüller about the Bosnia Retreat

Reflections of Spiritholder  Barbara Wegmüller on the Bosnia-Herzegovina Retreat 8-12 May 2017 More information about this retreat you’ll find here Bearing witness in Bosnia 2017 I remember a long car journey in 1967, travelling on holiday with my parents and our dog. My sister, four years my elder, was not with us as she was […]

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The Three Tenets and Art

A short impression. On November 19 and 20, the first Zen Peacemakers workshop took place in London. The theme was The Three Tenets and Art. Frank De Waele roshi led the workshop. Julian Marshall, Damian Dudkiewicz and Tom Radcliffe showed us how to work with art in social action.   Reflections from Jo Clarke: “I […]

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Council circles

COUNCIL is a modern practice derived from many ancient forms of coming together and communicating in a circle. Council is an important core practice at all Bearing Witness Retreats. The practice of deep listening without judgment fosters an atmosphere of respect for one’s self and for others and promotes empathy, dissolving barriers to cooperation, understanding, […]

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Bernie Glassman

Bernie Glassman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939. His parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe and he grew up in a Jewish family with a strong socialist orientation. After graduating from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, he went to work for McDonnell-Douglas in California in 1960 as an aeronautical engineer, concentrating on interplanetary flights. He […]

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Gate of Sweet Nectar

The foundation of the Gate of Sweet Nectar ceremony is based on Ananda’s deep connection with his mother, and his great suffering in relation to her trials in her afterlife. Ananda, according to lore, then went to the Buddha to see if there was anything he could do to help his mother. The Gate of […]

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The Three Tenets

Zen Peacemakers community seeks to bear witness to the joy and suffering of the universe, and to realize and actualize the oneness and interdependence of life through study, practice and action for personal and social transformation. We are committed to nonviolence, inclusivity, free expression and experimentation. Entering the stream of Socially Engaged Spirituality we commit […]

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Mission – Vision – Core Values

The mission of Zen Peacemakers is to create a community of peacemakers enacting a vision of peace through the practice of meditation, the Rule of the Zen Peacemaker Order and social action, and to nurture an environment for the realization and actualization of peacemaking as a path of awakening. We seek to connect, train and […]

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