White Heron Sangha

"Bearing Witness" - Alison Rittger

  • 03 May 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • WHS Meditation Center, Avila Village

Most people bear witness daily. We bear witness to one another through our writing, through art, and by simply sharing with others. Yet there is a deeper aspect to bearing witness, as expressed by Bernie Glassman, Zen teacher and founder of the Zen Peacemakers. When people go to places like Auschwitz, for example, they bear witness to suffering so it will not be forgotten. Glassman writes: "When we bear witness, when we become the situation -- homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death -- the right action arises by itself. ... Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we listen with our entire body and mind, loving action arises." How can an awareness of bearing witness deepen our listening skills and make us more present and compassionate day by day? 

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