Wet, cold and gray Sunday afternoon here in Montreuil. Today is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. That anniversary reminds me to bear witness to what happens when we don’t see « the other » as ourselves and ourselves as « the other, » as Bernie Glassman never stopped saying.

Meanwhile, looking ahead to our Heart of Life retreat, which begins tomorrow morning. For me, it’s already begun because I’ve been preparing it all for you. Since Bernie’s death a week ago today, his teachings have been more present than ever for me. (See my previous blog post.) So, to honor his life and what he gave to so many people throughout the world, our retreat this week will be focussing on his core Zen teachings. Retreat participants have already received the basic points we’ll be following; each day we’ll look into one of them. Watch this space daily for my words about each and the words that others may offer.

As an introduction to Bernie and his teaching (« It don’t mean a thing if ain’t got swing »),  here’s a lovely tribute in music and pictures made by the photographer Peter Cunningham, otherwise known as Kuku, his Zen Order of Disorder name: