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The founder of the Zen Peacemakers, Zen Master Bernie Glassman evolved from a traditional Zen Buddhist monastery-model practice to become a leading proponent of social engagement as spiritual practice. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer of Buddhism in the West and as a founder of Socially Engaged Buddhism and spiritually based Social Entrepreneurship. He has proven to be one of the most creative forces in Western Buddhism, creating new paths, practices, liturgy and organizations to serve the people who fall between the cracks of society. He writes his posts with the help of his assistant, Ari Pliskin.

Blog Entries by Bernie Glassman

Arising to the Interconnectedness of Life? A Buddhist Perspective on the Occupy Movement

(39) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 1:50 PM

Indra's Net and the Internet: Arising to the Interconnectedness of Life

Buddha means the "awakened one." Awakened to what?

The definition of Enlightenment in Buddhism is awakening to the interconnectedness of life. This is illustrated through the story of Indra's Net from the Avatamsaka Sutra.

A long...

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The Buddhist Way of Being Present to Suffering

(144) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 10:10 PM

Doing service for others as a spiritual practice is a way to be in the world without separation. In the Buddhist tradition, we call this recognizing that everything is an expression of emptiness. The Heart Sutra says:

Form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form; Form...
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Child Hunger and How Zen House Can Help

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 4:55 PM

My vow to feed as many hungers as possible includes the physical suffering of food insecurity. According to Jeff Bridges' End Hunger Network, 16.7 million American children -- nearly one in four -- live in households that do not have access to enough nutritious food to lead healthy,...

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Zen Buddhism and Obon: Feeding the Hungry Spirits

(13) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 3:59 PM

The Obon ceremony is a time to remember. While I studied with Maezumi Roshi, my Japanese Zen teacher, Obon was a time to remember ancestors. We banged on pots and pans to invite in all of the hungry ghosts, the spirits of the deceased who didn't reach Nirvana...

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