with Melbourne Zen Group
Bearing witness has to be done by first entering the state of not knowing. That is, you are not entering a situation with the feeling that you know what to do, but entering it like a child, just being there to listen and to feel with every bone, with every cell, with every hair of your body. By feeling what’s happening, letting the ingredients of the situation arise, you can take those ingredients to create a healing meal.
Bernie Glassman, The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemakers
Lions Roar, 2017
In embodying peacemaking, we will explore how the essence of the Three Tenets practice of not knowing, bearing witness and compassionate action, nurture our inner-outer deep listening and inform peacemaking actions in everyday home, work, and social engagement with life. In what ways can it manifest our awakening, commitment and social action? How might these practices inform our current context of Voice Referendum and urgent climate action?
These are some questions we will explore in a creative experiential Zazenkai-workshop. We will meet at the energetic and sacred place of the Wurundjeri Lands, near Merri Creek and the sustainable activist works of the CERES community. The Zazenkai form will entail zazen, walking meditation, contemplation, dyad-triad and interactive group exercises, to foster the embodiment of peacemaking.