Zen Peacemakers announce 2014 Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda

From April 14 to 19, 2014, Zen Masters Bernie Glassman and Grover Genro Gauntt will lead a Bearing Witness Retreat in Rwanda to mark the twentieth anniversary of the genocide in which Rwandan Hutus claimed the lives of an estimated 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis. The retreat will be sponsored by the Rwandan organization Memos: Learning from History, the Hudson River Peacemaker Center, and the Zen Peacemakers. Attendance is limited, but you can reserve your spot now at this website.

The website explains that “the retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, based on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.” Meditation and other contemplative practice will take place at and around the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre and remains of some of the dead there. In addition, “participants, including Rwandans who experienced various aspects of the Rwandan genocide, will meet daily in small Council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group will meet in the evenings to bear witness to stories of survival, as well as themes of anger, guilt, forgiveness, and reconciliation. For more information, visit zenpeacemakers.org/2014-bearing-witness-retreat-in-rwanda.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)