I met Maija Kaunismaa at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in 2018 when I was a Resident student and she was working as Artist-In-Residence. Maija wrote much of her latest album, The Pine House Songs, at the Center and over that month, as we became friends and explained th...

April 30, 2019

Johanna Hammarberg's “Lost Letter” is an audio play installation based on twelve fictional letters describing the fates of the suspected Reds from Kotka area who were convicted in 1918 civil war prison camps.

Scriptwriter, director Johanna Hammarberg (born in Kotka) has...

Dutch peacemaker Kees Hagenaar from Neatherlands writes about his experience while participating a Bearing Witness Retreat in Finland.

July 8, 2018

Report of the first bearing witness retreat in Finland which was focused on the 1918 civil war of Finland.

October 3, 2017

In 2017 Roshi Frank De Waele asked Mikko Ijäs to organize a Street Retreat in Helsinki, Finland.  For four days they were immersed in the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action; they begged for food and money, slept where they co...

June 23, 2017

The Bosnian retreat organized by the Zen Peacemakers Europe was a very different kind of a retreat compared to the previous retreats organized by the Zen Peacemakers International, like the ones in Auschwitz, Rwanda and Black Hills. The Zen Peacemakers always urges us...

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