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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony/Bell Tower (June 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609803913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609803912
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In January 1994, as Zen teacher Bernie Glassman marked his fiftieth year, he did something special, founding the Zen Peacemaker Order. This order would comprise a community of activists, both organized and individual, and would provide them with a center from which to share stories and information. Yet, most important, the order's core would be spiritual--a universal spirituality. Glassman, who has been very active in social service activities, founding entrepreneurial ventures in economically blighted communities as well as spearheading the founding of some of this country's first AIDS hospice centers, is not new to spiritual action. He brings a centered, even, and balanced perspective to what one might do to better the current state of social affairs. Through the people Glassman meets and ordains as Peacemakers, the reader gathers a sense of what it means to devote oneself to the universal task of making peace with the here and now and, most important, past. Raul Nino --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bernie Glassman has always been known as a maverick in the Buddhist world. I sometimes call him a loose Buddhist cannon! But theres nothing loose about the way in which he puts his principles into practice. The Buddhism Bernie teaches is grounded in whatever difficult moment he or his students are facing. He encourages everyone to be present without importing any of our preconceived ideas into the situation. Only then will we be free to move in a new direction and resolve the problem. Zen Peacemaker priests may find themselves in fiercer circumstances than the rest of us but the teaching to be found in Bearing Witness is effective whether we are at home, at work, or at war.
--Toinette Lippe, Bell Tower, Editorial Director --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Meyer on January 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a masterpiece because Bernie Glassman's life and work is a masterpiece. His activism is truly awe-inspiring.
This book will touch your heart and make you think deeply about life, your own comfortable life with heat and light and computers, versus the dirty, cold, unsafe life on the streets.
There are just too many things to praise about this book that I can't write them all. Suffice it to say that all of it is a jewel, a gem, a lotus flower blooming from the mud of everyday life.
Buy it, read it, let it seep into you!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary W. Janka on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
For anyone interested in making peace both within and without, or who is interested in combining spiritual practice with social action, Roshi Glassman's book is a "must read." He does a fine job of articulating and describing the spititual foundations of peacemaking in a very clear and straightforward manner. I found them both moving and helpful in my own search for a peacemaking path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane Butler on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Glassman Roshi stands out as one of the foremost leaders in engaged spiritual practice. His sense of vision, personal journey and earth-level insight is clearly tangible in this recent publication. Glassman shares his heartfelt experience while also clearly reflecting the diversity of the Zen Peacemaker Order.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward Alexander Gerster VINE VOICE on August 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Bearing Witness is no doubt an important book, but it certainly is not as inspirational as Bernard Glassman's "Instructions to the Cook." It reveals (in a somewhat slow manner) a series of tales of individuals who are coming together -- to bear witness (an old Quaker term) and seeking to make the world a better place of human understanding and compassion.
This is one of those books that I think everyone should read, although it is sometimes both disturbing and overly ambitious. The author's intent was magnificent, but revealed too much personal ego for what I understand a Zen master to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken Byalin on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Bernie Glassman offers a vision of Zen practice which is fresh and American. I have found Bearing Witness inspiring and empowering, not just at first reading but day after day.
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