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I moved into my new villa and saw my next door neighbor and his lovely wife walking down the sidewalk. I thought it only appropriate to stop and introduce myself to them and soon I discovered the most amazing thing—Ben and I had a lot in common. As a Zen Buddhist I sit each day in meditation and before I begin I set my intention for this period of time.   I set my intention on saving the planet and finding peace, compassion, and love for it and all sentient beings. Ben too has spent his entire life finding and working for peace, compassion, and love on this planet in a most loving and powerful way.

Ben Ferencz was the chief prosecutor at the subsequent proceedings at Nuremberg. He is the only prosecutor who is still alive and his mantra is “never give up!” You can see a lot more about Ben at his website www.benferencz.org. I hope you’ll take a look as it will amaze and astound you. Ben wrote, “Nuremberg taught me that creating a world of tolerance and compassion would be a long and arduous task. And I also learned that if we did not devote ourselves to developing effective world law, the same cruel mentality that made the Holocaust possible might one day destroy the entire human race.”

Ben has inspired me to write a series of blogs on peace and what it means in Buddhism, in Christianity, in ethics, and in daily life. I hope you’ll join me on this important journey as Ben said, if we don’t we could “destroy the entire human race.” One of his many life goals is stated succinctly on his website, “Ferencz’s goal is replacing the “rule of force with the rule of law.”

In Buddhism we may not actually have “laws” but we do have many precepts that we follow and we understand the laws of nature and life and love and how when followed they bring peace and contentment into our lives and the lives of our neighbors, friends, family, and ultimately the world.

Ben loaned me a little book the other day written by Robert Muller who was the Assistant-secretary General of the United Nations for forty years. The book is entitled Dialogues of Hope (1990). In it he wrote: It is by transforming our own lives that we transform the world (page 101).[1] This is what we believe in Buddhism and in my former career as a Unity minister. Each Sunday we ended our service by singing the peace song and it ends with this phrase: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

I hope you will join me on this journey and share the posts with your friends, families, and associates. I hope as well that you will comment on the posts and share your ideas and thoughts on this very important subject with me and my followers. In peace and love, Shokai

[1] Muller, R. (1990). Dialogues of Hope. World Happiness and Cooperation, Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY

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