Dharma & Technology – Wisdom 2.0
Just returned from the inspiring gathering, Wisdom 2.0 in Silicon Valley. Honored to begin the gathering with a Dharma talk on compassion. Later that first day Ekhart Tolle led the group in a meditation on vastness and silence, inviting founders and key leaders from Facebook, Zynga, Google, Twitter, E Bay, Kiva, 600 participants and 250,000 viewers on line to come into the sacredness of the present. From the opening words of Soren Gordhamer the organizer, a warmhearted feeling and synergy arose among us. When asked, most everyone in the room raised their hands to indicate they already practice mindfulness, yoga or meditation and the technology leaders spoke of how they are bringing this perspective into their lives and their companies. Presentations on the astonishing growth and possibilities of the connected world were offered in dialogue with wisdom teachings from Jon Kabat Zinn, Roshi Joan Halifax, Dan Siegel, Seane Corn and Tubten Jinpa Rinpoche. Big questions were raised: How can we use the tools that brought us the Arab spring and the growing interconnectivity of billions of people to consciously promote worldwide understanding, social responsibility and peace? How can we mitigate the shadow of technological overloaded children and technological big brother? How can we use the network and gifts of technology for the awakening of humanity?
The compassionate ideals of this whole new generation of technological visionaries spoke of using social networking and online life to promote skills for conflict resolution, healing, individual empowerment, extending a sense of community and care for others around the world, as well as in schools, medicine, healing, environment, politics, leadership and business. It was forward thinking, caring and illuminating…. the wedding of technology and wisdom is just beginning, and this creative conversation gives me enormous hope.
To connect with Wisdom 2.0 go to <wisdom2summit.com>.
“you can pick all the flowers, but you can’t stop the spring”