Bearing Witness

A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace

By Bernard Glassman; Bernie Glassman
(Harmony, Hardcover, 9780609600610, 240pp.)

Publication Date: April 1998

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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From the author of Instructions to the Cook, a book rich with practical wisdom for making peace in our hearts and in the world.

In Bearing Witness, Bernie Glassman tells how and why he started the Zen Peacemaker Order and offers powerful teaching stories that illustrate ways of making peace one moment at a time. Each chapter focuses on an event or person and demonstrates how a particular peacemaker vow is put into practice. We meet people who have made peace with themselves, their addictions, and their families, and have now committed themselves to making peace in inner cities, troubled communities, and wartorn countries.

Through their stories, and through Glassman's testimony about annual retreats he leads at Auschwitz and among New York's homeless, we come to understand that the essence of peacemaking is threefold -- letting go of fixed ideas, healing ourselves and others, anti bearing witness to whatever is taking place within us and right before our eyes.

"A more authentic teaching by a more authentic person than Bernard Glassman, we are not likely to see in our times". -- Thomas Berry

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