Bernie Glassman, Founder of Zen Peacemakers and Greyston Foundation, to Visit Naropa University

Bernie Glassman, Founder of Zen Peacemakers and Greyston Foundation, to Visit Naropa UniversityBOULDER, Colo. (August 8, 2013)--Naropa University's Peace Studies and Religious Studies programs will welcome Zen master and founder of Zen Peacemakers, Bernie Glassman, for a public talk on "Making Peace: The World as One Body," co-sponsored by Naropa University and Maitreya Abbey.  The talk will take place on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Naropa's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

WHAT: "Making Peace: The World as One Body"
WHEN: Friday, September 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Naropa University's Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
COST: Free. Registration has closed. Event is at capacity.

World-renowned pioneer in the American Zen Movement, Bernie Glassman is a spiritual leader, published author, accomplished academic, and successful businessman with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. Glassman's connections with Naropa University date back to the 1980s, when he served on the university's board of trustees in addition to continuing education courses. It was also during this time that Glassman started becoming an entrepreneur. In 1980, he founded the Zen Community of New York in Bronx, New York, and two years later, he founded the Greyston Bakery, initially staffed by Zen students, as a livelihood for the Community. Soon after, Glassman transformed the bakery into a vehicle for social enterprise, beginning to hire people whom other businesses had deemed "unemployable," and training them in bakery crafts. Today, the Greyston Bakery is just one piece of the larger Greyston Foundation, a network of for-profits and nonprofits collaborating to improve the lives of individuals and the larger inner city community of southwest Yonkers, New York by providing permanent housing, jobs, job training, child care, after-school programs, and various other supportive services. Learn more about the Greyston Foundation at greyston.org.

Glassman is also the founder of Zen Peacemakers. Conceived in 1994 as an order of Zen practitioners dedicated to peace and social justice, Zen Peacemakers has become an international, interfaith network emphasizing three main tenets--not knowing, thereby abandoning fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe; bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world; and loving action for ourselves and the world. Currently, Zen Peacemakers is focusing on "journeys to the field," travelling to locations touched by war, genocide, and poverty and serving as ambassadors of peace and hope. Learn more about Zen Peacemakers at zenpeacemakers.org.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact John Weber at jweber@naropa.ed or 303-444-0410 to inquire about accessibility and discuss disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.  This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.

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