The city of death…
…could not have been created…
…without modern technology…
… and modern mass media and politics.
How can we respond to the world’s suffering?
We can remember,
…practice additional technology,
… and create new media.
When I entered the gates of Auschwitz, I was struck by the shear scale. How could I practice the three tenets of the Zen Peacemakers (not-knowing, bearing witness and loving actions) here? No pre-modern king could have motivated and organized a society to execute such a task. The same collective power that toppled monarchy starting with the French Revolution reached its darkest pinnacle at Auschwitz. It couldn’t have been done without modern transportation, communication and weapons.
But I don’t blame technology. I love technology. I love connecting with people all over the world.
At the death camp, it struck me how blogging and participating in the retreat is a way to use that same technology to create a world of compassion and connection instead of violence. With an Internet that provides the potential for any individual to reach unprecedented numbers, weapons getting more heinous every day and a dwindling fuel supply, how can we use our technology wisely?
The Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat: 15 years of leading interfaith Peacemakers bringing intensive practice beyond the meditation hall into society, bearing witness at the world’s most horrific relic of our darkest depths.
Sitting, re-membering, sharing, connecting.
Fostering our determination to create a more compassionate world and opening our hearts enough to transform that determination into reality.
As I’ve written in ele before, the trip means a lot to me. The returning practitioners who gather there have become family. Would you please consider joining the circle?
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