"That first time I was in Auschwitz (on a Bearing Witness Retreat with Zen Peacemakers), I had my harmonium with me because I had been singing in Europe, so I took it into the women’s barracks and I thought, “I will do some Devi Puja here. I will sing to the Goddess, the perfect woman who embodies all the women.” So I got in there and I put up the harmonium, I was just about to sing and I thought to myself, “Well…” First of all, it was so full. I don’t think I’ve ever sang to more people than the beings I felt in that barracks, empty barracks. I don’t have these kinds of experiences, but I just felt it, so I asked them, 'What should I sing to you?'..."
- Krishna Das
Watch the full conversation below with Bernie Glassman Bernie Glassman from 2015, full of honest, raw personal experiences from Zen Peacemakers' Bearing Witness Retreats. Includes a rare video of KD chanting in Birkenau.
Krishna Das asked this into the silence of the women’s barracks in Auschwitz/Birkenau. Hear the answer that came in this video conversation between him and Bernie Glassman. They met soon after the Zen Peacemakers 2015 Native American Bearing Witness Retreat and shared their experiences in the Black Hills, South Dakota and in Auschwitz/Birkenau, Poland. Included here is a rare video of KD playing in Birkenau.