Zen Peacemakers

The Zen Peacemakers Order (ZPO) is an international spirituality and social action network. In 1994, after a Street Retreat in Washington D.C., the name was adopted by the Zen Peacemakers, a socially engaged community that grew up around the American Zen master Bernie Glassman since the 1980s. Today the Zen Peacemakers Order is a virtual […]

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Training Groups Southern Europe

Switzerland Spiegel Spiegel Sangha   Spiritual Directors: Roshi Barbara Salaam Wegmüller and Sensei Roland Yakushi Wegmüller Member Type: Zen Group Contact Person: Roshi Barbara Salaam Wegmüller Social Engagement: Contemplative Care, Immigration, Refugee Work, Women’s Issues,

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Training Groups Northern Europe

Belgium Gent Zen Sangha   Spiritual Director: Roshi Frank De Waele  Member Type: Zen Center Contact Person: Roshi Frank De Waele Social Engagement: Bearing Witness Retreats, Contemplative Care, Interfaith Virtual Zen Peacemakers Lage Landen   Spiritual Director: Roshi Frank De Waele and Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Bakker Member Type: Virtual Contact Person: Petra Zenryū Hubbeling Social […]

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Continental European Circle

Continental Circle membership is elected by the Regional Circles. Currently there are two Continental Circles : a Europe Continental Circle and a United States Continental Circle:   European Continental Circle consisting of: Steward: Frank De Waele, Belgium   From Northern Regional Circle: Cornelius Collande, Germany Agnieszka Poliszuk-Konopek, Poland   From Southern Regional Circle: Barbara Salaam Wegmüller, Switzerland […]

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Code of Ethical Conduct for Bearing Witness Retreats

Bearing witness retreats often take us to places of deep suffering and even trauma. Participants are encouraged to bear witness not just to certain external and historical events, but also to personal issues of vulnerability and darkness. While the entire staff, including spirit holders, council facilitators, religious leaders and coordinators, tries to create a retreat […]

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BiH – Finance your Donation with a Mala Practice

2,500 years ago, it was the practice of the lay congregation to support monks through donations of food and clothing. Shakyamuni Buddha led his monks each morning in the practice of begging for their daily food. Each day’s offering was received with thanks regardless of its nature or size. In this way the Buddha encouraged […]

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BiH – Reading List and Links

Many books have been published about the Yugoslav Wars. Those listed below are particularly recommended because they are very powerful personal accounts of bearing witness and/or raise complex moral and spiritual issues. Suggested readings for participants to the Bosnia Bearing Witness Retreat, we highly recommend you to read at least one of the following books […]

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BiH – Sarajevo Tours

SUNDAY 7th MAY Arrival day There is an opportunity for a pre-retreat Sarajevo historical and cultural guided tour with a local professional guide, starting from the hotel lobby at 3 pm. Sign up for this two-hour tour beforehand at hotel Saraj. Minimum 10 people. Participation fee: € 5.

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BiH – Arrival and Sarajevo Lodging Information

Each participant of the retreat needs to book (and pay) his own stay in Sarajevo (before and after the retreat). As the program of the retreat has changed and we are not staying in Srebrenica, the three extra nights in hotel Saraj on May 9th, May 10th and May 11th in Sarajevo will be covered […]

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BiH – Notes on a Council Training Workshop in the Balkans

COMING BACK TO OURSELVES: NOTES ON A COUNCIL TRAINING WORKSHOP IN THE BALKANS, March 2016   By Jared Seide, Center for Council   Three participants in last year’s Zen Peacemakers Bearing Witness Retreat to Auschwitz had come from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). They arrived in Poland with some trepidation about just what the plunge would […]

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