Zen Peacemakers are individuals, groups and organizations dedicated to realizing and actualizing the interconnectedness of life. The effects of Zen practice unfolds in the meditation halls, at work, within families and within community. For the past 25 years Zen Peacemakers have been developing new forms, methods and structures in the areas of peacemaking, social enterprise and Zen practice, emphasizing the transformation of the individual and society.
We seek to bear witness to the joy and suffering of the universe, and to realize and actualize the oneness and interdependence of life through study, practice and action for personal and social transformation. We seek to connect, train and empower Zen peacemakers throughout the world. We are committed to nonviolence, inclusivity, free expression and experimentation.
We envision an enlightened society where suffering is transformed into wisdom and compassion and all beings live in harmony and are relieved of the afflictions of hunger, war and disease. Spirituality and service are tools we use to help all beings find freedom regardless of race, religion, ability, gender or nationality.
Our purpose is to create a community of peacemakers enacting a vision of peace through the practice of meditation, the Three Tenets of the Zen Peacemakers and social engagement, and to nurture an environment for the integration, realization and actualization of peacemaking as a path of enlightenment.