"When we go... to bear witness to life on the streets, we're offering
ourselves. Not blankets, not food, not clothes, just ourselves."
- Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness
On Tuesday, July 29, the UVic Zen Meditation group will be followed by a discussion with Sensei Genro Grover Gauntt of the Zen Peacemakers Order. Sensei Grover Gauntt is the dharma successor of Bernie Glassman and student of Taizan Maezumi Roshi for twenty-five years. He will discuss with the group his experience of leading street retreats all over North America.
July 29th, 2008 7:00-9:00 pm
Location: University of Victoria, Interfaith Chapel
What is a Street Retreat?
For those who do not know, during the street retreat, a group of participants live on the streets with no resources other than true nature. They experience homelessness first-hand, having to beg for money, find places to get food, shelter, to use the bathroom, etc. By bearing witness to homelessness, we begin to see our prejudices and boundaries directly and to recognize our common humanness. Participants are together throughout the retreat, meeting several times a day for meditation and sharing, and spend the night together as a group.
For information, contact Eric Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org