Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpaceIn late February, Dalai Lama awarded Nipun with an "Unsung Hero of Compassion", award and he graciously received it on behalf of ServiceSpace. Read More »
Seven Emergent Questions From India TripMultiple events practically everyday, across diverse communities -- sharing stories in fronts of many thousands, sitting in dozens of Awakin Circles in living rooms of kindred friends, cultivating many-to-many networks in 10+ retreats across India, and nurturing umpteen transformation-driven projects. None of it was planned. Read More »
Casa de Paz: House of PeaceAn inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
SilenceExperiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
The Middle is the PathRagu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »
Recent Blog Posts
“Scars Have The Strange Power To ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, May 30 2016 “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses.
Money Doesn't Exist In 24th Century Posted by Bill Miller, May 29 2016 Just read this article, about a new book that articulates Star Trek's money-free society -- the idea of a post-scarcity society where material wealth has become so abundant that people and society at large are guided by other motivations. While the article is still occasionally mired in conventional views of human motivation (competition), it did remind me of a Star Trek video clip I once posted on this very theme... (I also posted an extended clip later, if you're interested in the storyline.) BTW - I disavow the ads Google occasionally places on these videos - it's not my doing.
Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable Posted by DailyGood.org, May 29 2016 "During a time of great drought, a Taoist master was asked by members of a village if he could help bring rain to their dry fields. They confessed trying many other approaches before reaching out to him, but with no success. The master agreed to come and asked for a small hut with a garden that he could tend. For three days, he tended the garden, performing no special rituals or asking anything further from the villagers..." So begins an intriguing Taoist parable, that is used here as a springboard into an exploration of synchronicity, and the idea of 'being the change we wish to see in the world'. [Full Story]
Yesterday's Commencement Address At DRBU Posted by Nipun Mehta, May 28 2016 Yesterday, I gave a commencement address that felt very special to me. Just during the processional I got teary eyed. It was special in part because it was an opportunity to (more formally) express my gratitude for people and context that have inspired me for many years -- Rev Heng Sure, Marty Verhoeven and the larger City of Ten Thousand Buddhas community. It was the graduation for DRBU's Masters cohort of 2016. Here's a bootleg transcript :) ... Let's Make Virtue Viral The ceremonies were held at Sudana Center (photo below), with a very inspiring story behind it. The crown prince of Yebo, Sudana, was so full of compassion that he could refuse no boon asked of him, great or small, from beggar or nobleman. The king, his father, possessed a white elephant that was powerful enough to defend the whole kingdom from enemies. So what did his enemies do? They bribed some wandering ascetics ... Read Full Story
Kaige -- This Week's Community Member! Posted by Mindyjourney , May 28 2016 KindSpring now has close to 86 thousand members and every week, we feature a Community Member of the Week (nicknamed C-MOW internally :)), and this week's CMOW was a user named "Kaige". After being honored by the community, she posted a beautiful reflection on the community feed ... Hello my KindSpring family. I want to take this time to express my gratitude for being named Community Member of The Week. This is a tremendous honor to me and I can't say in words how I feel. No one knows this in our community but when I came to KindSpring (through way of Daily Good), I was a broken soul. I had been horribly mistreated by someone whom I loved and trusted very much. I knew that I had to get past this horrible feeling but I wanted to do it in a healthy, productive and positive way and I was not going ... Read Full Story
Awakin Translations -- Now In Fourth Language! Posted by Somik Raha, May 28 2016 Every week, for some time now, we've been translating Awakin readings into Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati. You can view these translations if you select the drop-down menu in the top right of any reading. These readings are used in the dozens of local circles around the globe. And starting this week, Awakin Circles in Bangalore just added another language -- Kannada!
The Brightness Of A Greyhound Journey Posted by DailyGood.org, May 28 2016 "Our new driver was a brisk lady, vigilant but amiable. As we hit the road again, she introduced herself over the speakers and set the rules for the journey. She spoke clearly from experience and I wondered what kinds of situations she'd had to handle in the past. 'If you smoke on my bus, I will let you go immediately. If you do alcohol or drugs on rest stops, that is where you'll stay. It will be twenty-four hours until the next bus. That is a veeery looong time.'" Traveler and writer Maria Jain shares this engaging account of a Greyhound bus journey gone awry. Her tale shines a light on the unexpected insight and goodness that's often just waiting to be discovered in the midst of what the world calls "inconvenience". [Full Story]
Cubs: Teaching Children About Diversity Posted by Trishna Shah, May 28 2016 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Teaching Children About Diversity. Take a look."If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." --John F. Kennedy
“If You Desire Healing, Let Yourself Fall ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, May 27 2016 “If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill let yourself fall ill.” ― Rumi.
Giving The Gift Of Courage Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, May 27 2016 Deep deep gratitude to all of you for creating such a place as KindSpring. It's posts like this one that set my heart aglow on a regular basis at KS. Today, I was resting on a bench at a Subway station and a very tired woman came and seated next to me. Said hello and offered her some of the sweet that I was eating but she refused politely, she's just been to a coffee shop and she was already full. But the ice was broken and we talked for about half an hour . Complained of a few things and I understood her but I also could not stop to notice the bright side and she would be smiling and say "yes it's true". When we said our good bye she was a different person, her tiredness seemed to be gone and instead of sights,as she came, left with smiles, thanking me for ... Read Full Story