Regular Fee: $1600 Fee for ZPO Members $ 1,440 Scholarship & Group fares available upon request. (see ‘Registration’ for contact detail) All retreat fees go to cover the retreat’s costs and Zen Peacemakers, Inc. (non-profit 501(c)3) operations. Description The Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 21st year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat starting October 31 and ending November 4, 2016. Bernie Glassman began the annual Bearing Witness Retreats in 1996, with help from Eve Marko and Andrzej Krajewski. They have taken place annually every year since then. Much has been written about these annual retreats; at least half a dozen films have been made about them in various languages. They are multi-faith and multinational in character, with a strong focus on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action. Most of each day is spent sitting by the train tracks at Birkenau, both in silence and in chanting the names of the dead. There is time to walk through the vast camps, do vigils inside women’s and children’s barracks, and memorial services. Participants meet daily in small Council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group meets in the evenings to bear witness to oneness in diversity. Read the impressions of more than seventy retreat participants of the past twenty years in the book “AschePerlen – Pearls of Ash & Awe” (English & German language) at https://www.janando.de/steinrich/en Spirit Holders Mariola Wereszka Rabbi Shir Yaacov Feit Roshi Barbara Salaam Wegmüller Roshi Frank De Waele Rami Efal Roshi Cornelius von Collande Jared Seide The following Bearing Witness Retreat Spirit Holders will be in attendance: Roshis Frank De Waele, Barbara Wegmüller and Cornelius von Collande, Reb Shir Yaakov Feit, Rami Efal, Mariola Wereszka and Jared Seide to meet each day to reflect on the retreat flow, schedule, events and make appropriate modifications if necessary. To help uphold the Zen Peacemakers standard of ethical behavior at our Bearing Witness Retreats, several Spirit Holders will also serve as an Ethics Council, responsible for receiving and addressing complaints of unethical behavior at the Retreat by any Staff Member or Participant. What Your Fee Includes Your fee finances the administrative and logistical costs of the retreat and its staff. It provides for honorariums and travel costs needed to bring selected leaders, scholarships for local participants, potential leaders at future bearing witness retreats and those with limited means. The annual Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat is a major source of budget for other ZPO Bearing Witness retreats that often don’t break even and all profits beyond costs of operations of this retreat will go towards those and ongoing ZP operations. Your fee does not include travel to Krakow nor lodging in Krakow. It does include the bus from Krakow to Auschwitz and all meals...
When you choose to enter the ZPO family, YOU SUPPORT A WORLD-WIDE MOVEMENT OF SOCIALLY ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY. There are ZPO Members in: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Click here for the next steps towards becoming a member. From a street retreat in the alleyways of Cologne, through a bearing witness retreat in war-torn valley of Srebrenica, to a sesshin in the Swiss Alps, crossing states and continents, connect with fellow practitioners, study with diverse Zen teachers or engage ministries in other countries — Joining the ZPO you immerse yourself in a global diverse socially engaged spiritual...
In the Zen Peacemaker Orderwe commit ourselves to healing others at the same time that we heal ourselves [...] when we see the world as one body, it's obvious that we heal everyone at the same time that we heal ourselves, for there are no 'others.' - Bernie Glassman
When you choose to enter the ZPO family, YOU SUPPORT A WORLD-WIDE MOVEMENT OF SOCIALLY ENGAGED SPIRITUALITY.
There are ZPO Members in: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
Click here for the next steps towards becoming a member. From a street retreat in the alleyways of Cologne, through a bearing witness retreat in war-torn valley of Srebrenica, to a sesshin in the Swiss Alps, crossing states and continents, connect with fellow practitioners, study with diverse Zen teachers or engage ministries in other countries — Joining the ZPO you immerse yourself in a global diverse socially engaged spiritual community.
Bernie would like to personally thank all of you who have supported him with donations, gifts and prayers since his stroke on January 12th, 2016. He is now at his home in Montague Massachusetts, USA. He exercises daily, visits an outpatient physiotherapy clinic in Amherst as well as receives treatments at home. This August 2016 his post-stroke recovery will enter a new chapter and we are looking to enhance his financial resources. These donations will help support his treatments, house-alterations and particularly towards the salary of a personal caregiver, who could monitor his exercising, travel with him to his appointments and help around the house. We thank all those who have contributed in the past and encourage all those who can contirbute towards this next phase to do so again.
All donations towards Bernie’s Recovery Fund (as well as all donations towards Bernie’s Recovery Fund in the past) have been and will be used solely towards his support and not towards any other Zen Peacemakers Inc. projects.
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