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Bearing Witness : Exploring Spirituality, Peacemaking and Social Action (13-14 avril)

jeudi 4 avril 2002

An interfaith program
Organized by the Peacemaker Community Belgium

Roshi Bernie Glassman & Frank De Waele

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2002
Hotel Poortackere, Oude Houtlei 52 Gent

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take seriously our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment.

From His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

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This program is to train, support, empower, and nurture those engaged or interested in a contemplative approach to social activism and peacemaking.

The Peacemaker Community is a global interfaith organization of people and organizations committed to the integration of spiritual practice with social action and peacemaking. Thus we welcome all faiths.

The workshop will present the Peacemaker Community approaches to spiritually based social action and peacemaking. The workshop is built round the Three Tenets and the Four Commitments. In an open atmosphere of exchange and active participation this two-days programme invites the participants to explore the possibilities and the applications of engaged spirituality in action and will offer excellent opportunities for those already serving to connect with others and find support through meditation practice, dialogue, process work and celebration.

Bernie Glassman, cofounder of the Peacemaker Community, has been at the forefront of spiritually based social action and peace work. One of the most provocative figures of American Buddhism, he is author of Bearing Witness, Instructions to the Cook and Infinite Circle : Studies in Zen. Bernie holds a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics from the UCLA. In the seventies he worked as an aerospace engineer on manned missions to Mars with McDonnell-Douglas. He became a zen teacher after studying with Taizan Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles and was the abbot of the Zen Center of New York and the Zen Center of Los Angeles. He is the founder of the Greyston Mandala, a network of businesses and not-for-profits doing community development work in southwest Yonkers. Bernie conducts homeless retreats in the streets of NY and leads an annual interfaith retreat at the concentration camps in Auschwitz-Birkeneau in Poland to bear witness to the enormity of human suffering, and the heart¹s power to transform and heal.

Frank De Waele is a zen meditation teacher in the Dana Zen Community in Paris. He is a former VRT (Flemish Radio and Television) cooperator and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leuven. He works in the Peacemaker Community as a Director for Western Europe and as a volunteer with homeless people in Paris.

Practical information

The workshop takes two days each day from 9h30 to 18h.
During the lunch break participants provide their own lunch. There are several snackbars in the vicinity. Those who want to spend the night in Ghent can contact Godfried De Waele or find an own place to sleep.

Subscription and information with Godfried De Waele
telephone 09 225 61 70
or email godfried@peacecom.org

Subscription is valid only after payment of the entire sum on bank account number 035 ­ 4058819 ­ 89 mentioning PC-workshop.
The certificate of payment counts as the certificate of registration.

Cost : 50 euro for PC-members, fully unemployed and students.
60 euro for the others.

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Lectures of Bernie Glassman in Belgium

Thursday 11 April Hotel Poortackere Gent 20u
Friday 12 April Leuven
Entrance fee 6,20 euro for members, students and fully unemployed
7,50 euro for the others
Attention ! The number of seats is restricted !

Subscription Gent after payment of the entire sum on bank account number 035 ­ 4058819 ­ 89 mentioning Lecture Bernie
Subscription Leuven contact Boekhandel Johannes 016 22 95 01

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Other activities of the Peacemaker Community Belgium in 2002 ­ 2003

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April Clown Your Zen : Clownworkshop in Amsterdam met Dr. Yoowho en Bernie Glassman
Friday 25 to Tuesday 29 October Streetretreat in Brussels
Monday 4 to Friday 8 November Bearing witness-retreat in Auschwitz

Monday 7 to Thursday 17 April 2003 Pilgrimage to St. Franciscus
Gubbio ­ Assisi ­ La Verna

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To take part in all these activities it is necessary on beforehand to contact
Godfried De Waele.

Tel 09 225 61 70

Here you can also get information and questions on membership.

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Peacemaker Community - Background

The Peacemaker Community (www.peacemakercommunity.org) is an interfaith network of people practicing a vision of peace through study, spiritual practice, and social action. We are committed to the integration of spiritual practice and social action based on three core tenets :

¤ Not-knowing - training ourselves to set aside fixed ideas of ourselves and the world
¤ Bearing witness - opening our open hearts and minds to witness the joys and pains of the world
¤ Healing ourselves and others - to address the suffering we have witnessed through compassionate actions and non-violent projects

As individuals and as a community, we also commit ourselves to social action ministries which embody the Values contained in the four commitments adopted by the World Congress of Religions in 1993 :

"We commit ourselves to a culture of

1. non-violence and reverence for life ;
2. solidarity and a just economic order ;
3. tolerance and a life based on truthfulness ; and
4. equal rights and partnership between men and women."

Peacemaker Community - How We Began

The Community had its beginnings during a street retreat* on the steps of the United States Capitol building one snowy January day in 1994. After fourteen years of committed effort building the Greyston Mandala with his wife, Sandra Holmes, Roshi Bernie Glassman was pondering what his next initiative might be. What emerged was an order of Zen practitioners dedicated to the cause of peace - the Zen Peacemaker Order.

As Roshi Glassman began to speak to others about his vision for an order, he began to receive questions such as "How about us ? You’re not going to leave us out are you ?" from spiritual leaders in the Jewish, Hindu. Christian and Sufi traditions. It quickly became obvious that a larger container was needed. Thus the vision of the Peacemaker Community evolved, the vision of a global network of individuals, groups and institutions committed to a life of peacemaking based on the integration of spiritual practice and social action.

Since that time, the vision has become clearer and now includes individual members, Peacemaker Villages (Partners in Peace), and Religious Orders which enable those members who want to, to deepen their spiritual practice while engaged in peacemaking activity. In June of 2000, the Hub Staff moved to Santa Barbara, CA. We now have international Regional Directors in place for France and the Benelux, Poland /Czechoslovakia and Sweden, , Israel/Palestine, Germany/ Austria and Switzerland, and North America.

In January of 2001, over thirty leaders representing the five major religious traditions, met in Jerusalem to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and effectiveness of the Peacemaker Community. As we move further into the 21st century, we are in a period of time where we have the opportunity to create a future of peace for our planet. There are literally thousands of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals working for a more just, free and prosperous world. We invite you to join us and them in this very timely endeavour.

Ultimately, we see a world in which all beings are at peace with themselves and others, loved and loving, safe and secure, whole, free of oppression in all its many forms, and able to fully be who they are.

We invite you to become a member of the Peacemaker Community. You can visit our website www.peacemakercommunity.org or contact us directly at 303-447-8051.

LIRE EN LIGNE : http://www.peacemakercommunity.org


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