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Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace Paperback – June 15, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark Meyer on January 14, 2001
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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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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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I am a Buddhist practitioner since many years. Bearing Witness, has shown me that there is much more that I need to do then "just sitting". Bernie Glassman takes Buddhism, and spirituality in general, way beyond our usual practice - whatever tradition we may follow - and helps us see a much bigger picture. This book provokes the kind of deep self examination that can be life changing.
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I bought this book for the umpteenth time as I have given them all away.
One by one, to friends, seekers and clients.
I wanted to reread it in preparation for an upcoming retreat.
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For me, from The Big Lebowski to Jeff Bridges'- "The Dude & The Zen Master", some of Bernie Glassman's world began to open to me: What a find! What a gift! Slowly and with deep breaths I learned of The Zen Master's Retreats to Auschwith...and of the Zen Peacemaker Order ... a mission/ a quest for dignity, respect, living-working spirituality here and now.
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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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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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