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Bearing Witness Blog

Bearing Witness Blog

When we bear witness, when we become the situation – homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death –
the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what to do. We don’t have to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we listen with our entire body and mind, loving action arises.

Bernie Glassman

Ruanda

Ruanda

Bearing Witness Retreat Ruanda by Reiner Seido HühnerAs it is already designed by the writer, we leave this as a PDF. Its written in German.Article...

Bernie Glassman

Bernie Glassman

Bernie Glassman - the founder of the Bearing Witness Retreats and the Zen Peacemakers  Bernie Glassman was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1939....

A Blessing for The Journey

A Blessing for The Journey

A prayer by Roshi Wendy Egyoku NakaoA Buddhist PrayerA Blessing for The Journey Let us vow to bear witness to the wholeness of life,realizing the...

Please Call Me by My True Names

Please Call Me by My True Names

A poem by Thich Nhat HanhThe poem perfectly reflects the spirit of bearing witness.Please Call Me By My True Names Don’t say that I will depart...

Lampedusa

Lampedusa

Lampedusa - pictures and reflections by Ruud Baanders   My experience of the bearing witness retreat on Lampedusa in 2016 was in many ways a...

A summer day

A summer day

A poem by Mary Oliver  The poem is like a reminder of bearing witness to life.A summer day   Who made the world?Who made the swan, and the...

Matzes of Humanity. Fragments of Life

Matzes of Humanity. Fragments of Life

My Pearls of Ash and Awe: Matzes of Humanity. Fragments of Life   I wrote these lines after my first Bearing Witness retreat in Auschwitz...