Introducing the Empathy Museum & Library

Step Into the Empathy Museum…the international traveling exhibition starts in London, and will be online too.

  • Check out the Empathy Library: “The Empathy Library is the world’s first online empathy collection and a treasure house for catapulting your imagination into other people’s lives. What might it be like to be a child growing up in Tehran, or to be born without sight, or to be a soldier fighting someone else’s war? The library takes you on these journeys into unknown worlds.”
  • Visit the Empathy Museum: What is the museum? Why do we need it? Who is behind it?
  • Read the book: Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

Mr. Roman Krznaric is behind this work. Watch his TEDx talk: How to start an empathy revolution.


Alfred Hitchcock’s Holocaust film: Night Will Fall


Alfred Hitchcock, 1939. Photograph: Peter Stackpole/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images. CLICK for Guardian article on Hitchcock’s Holocaust footage.

When British and American troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps in the spring of 1945, film teams documented the experience.

Hitchcock was also involved in this work, but the project was “abandoned and shelved for 70 years because it was deemed too politically sensitive.”

Holocaust Remembrance Day • Commemorate online

HET 70 voices

Click to download “70 Voices” app from the Holocaust Education Trust.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the end of World War II. In 2015, we will experience events worldwide to commemorate the end of World War II. Online memorialization and remembrance is emerging. Here are ways to participate online:

Have you discovered other ways to commemorate and remember? 

Please share with us:

New Berlin memorial for victims of the “euthanasia” program


A new memorial to remember and teach about the 300,000 victims of the Nazi “euthanasia” program opened in September in Berlin. Located next to the Philharmonic and a short walk to Potsdamer Platz, the memorial is at Tiergartenstraße 4, which was the address for a villa at the edge of the park used as the administrative center for Aktion T4 — the Nazi’s so-called “euthanasia” program.

The T4 program murdered 300,000 “unfit” German citizens with mental and physical disabilities, and included forced sterilization. The Nazis used various killing methods, which ultimately led the planners of the Final Solution to use gas chambers in the concentration camps.



Teach, Breathe, Learn

TBLTeach, Breathe, Learn is a book on how to teach young people mindfulness.

“In this gem of a book, Meena Srinivasan brings beautiful clarity to the value of mindfulness training in the classroom.  She addresses what it is, why it matters, and how to begin – all through her warm voice and personal experience.

The effective strategies she shares for focusing attention, recognizing and shifting mood states, regulating emotions, and communicating with emotional intelligence are aligned with the research as well as with the wisdom of her impressive lineage of teachers.  In reading this book, you will understand that cultivating the mind goes hand in hand with cultivating the heart. What a smart, compelling read!  I want to run out and buy Teach, Breathe, Learn for every teacher I know. Meena completely inspires me.” — Kathryn Lee, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Watch the book trailer: 

Here’s the website:

See Jewish life before the Holocaust

Leipzig train station • early 1930's

Leipzig train station • early 1930’s

Roman Vishniac’s photographs presented in a new online archive are described in this Smithsonian article:

Go straight to the archive: 





Support peace building in the Middle East

thay mid eastWake Up • Building Peace in the Middle East, One Step at a Time:

Thirty young Palestinians and Israelis, women and men, would like to come to Plum Village for ten days this autumn and the community is doing its best to welcome them and support them in their aspiration to live lives of peace and transformation. Many of them are already familiar with the Plum Village tradition, having attended retreats with monks and nuns in Israel and Palestine. For other participants it would be their first direct experience, and they have a sincere wish to be exposed to the practice, learn and deepen it, and to benefit from the nourishing environment of Plum Village. In these troubled times, this may be also an opportunity for them to touch much needed peace of mind.

Their program
These young Palestinians and Israelis will receive training relevant to their daily lives, such as applied mindfulness practices, taking care of difficult emotions, transforming negative mental and emotional habits, communication and listening, and creating communities for mutual support. In addition to the regular Plum Village program they will enjoy be-ins, hikes and sharing groups together with the monks and nuns, as well as a dedicated Dharma talk/Q&A.

What we need to make it happen
Plum Village is supporting the effort, with the approval of Thay and Sr Chan Khong, in requesting visas from the French consulate in Israel and in hosting the participants.
Our young friends will be making a modest contribution according to their means and economic situation.
Financial support is necessary, however, in order for them to travel to Plum Village.

How can you help?
We are looking for individuals or Sanghas to sponsor the travel costs of a participant, in order to make possible this experience and all the benefits it will bring to the lives of our friends, their families and societies.
We would be grateful if you could share this message in your Sangha and consider sponsoring a participant, in full or partially. The average travel cost is $700 (€530).

If you know someone for whom this initiative resonates with their aspiration, we would be grateful for your support in sharing this request with them.

Contributions can be made directly to Plum Village by bank transfer, with the note “WakeUp-MiddleEast-2014″.

Bank account at Credit Agricole D’Aquitaine
Communaute Boddhique Zen
IBAN: FR7613306003424290119901196

Please also send an email to so we can keep track of funds received.

This is only one more mindful action, building upon the practice and efforts of Plum Village, the Israeli Sangha, Palestinian practitioners and many supporters across the world and throughout the years.

With deep gratitude,

May all beings be safe, joyful and free.