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2016 Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

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2016 Auschwitz Bearing Witness Retreat

Time: October 31, 2016 at 8am to November 4, 2016 at 11pm
Location: Auschwitz/Birkenau
City/Town: Auschwitz/Birkenau
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Event Type: retreat, poland
Organized By: Zen Peacemakers
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2016

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Zen Peacemakers 21st Auschwitz/Birkenau
Bearing Witness

The Zen Peacemakers are returning for the 21st year to the old site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oświęcim, Poland, for a Bearing Witness Retreat starting October 31 and ending November 4, 2016. Bernie Glassman began the annual Bearing Witness Retreats in 1996, with help from Eve Marko and Andrzej Krajewski. They have taken place annually every year since then. Much has been written about these annual retreats; at least half a dozen films have been made about them in various languages. They are multi-faith and multinational in character, with a strong focus on the Zen Peacemakers’ Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Loving Action.

Most of each day is spent sitting by the train tracks at Birkenau, both in silence and in chanting the names of the dead. There is time to walk through the vast camps, do vigils inside women’s and children’s barracks, and memorial services. Participants meet daily in small Council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group meets in the evenings to bear witness to oneness in diversity.

Read the impressions of more than seventy retreat participants of the past twenty years in the book “AschePerlen – Pearls of Ash & Awe” (English & German language) at

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Comment by Eva Libre on September 20, 2016 at 1:10pm

JOIN US October 31st-Nov 4th for the 2016 Zen Peacemakers Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in Poland. Last weeks of registration!

Comment by Eva Libre on August 30, 2016 at 4:29pm

"How do we treat others?" -- we raise this question every morning as we step through the gate of #Auschwitz/Birkenau to #BearWitness. Join the #ZenPeacemakers this October 2016.

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