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    Dalai Lama Honors ServiceSpace

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    Seven Emergent Questions From India Trip

    Multiple 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 »
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    Casa de Paz: House of Peace

    An inspiring video about Casa de Paz, which was recently honored by the Pollination Project. Read More »
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    Silence

    Experiencing the magic that can happen within silence. Read More »
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    The Middle is the Path

    Ragu reflects deeply on the principles of the ServiceSpace eco-system and its implication on design. Read More »

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Be A Ladder - Not A Leader Posted by Jyoti , Mar 28 2015 I have nothing against leaders. I just don't have the inclination to be one, although I do take initiatives to do what I am moved to do. In ServiceSpace I have encountered the idea of being a ladder, instead of a leader. Here is sharing some instances of how being a ladder manifests in my professional life. One of my professional roles is as an editor for an academic double-blind peer-reviewed journal, where I get to read the peer reviews and convey a decision back to the author. I mentor the reviewers to be respectful and always find positives in the manuscript, since authors put a lot of effort into their writing. Harsh peer reviews can be devastating, and there is a prevailing culture of being critical without enough emphasis on being developmental. I had one author who submitted several manuscripts over a period of time but was repeatedly rejected. My best ... Read Full Story

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A Gang You'll Want Your Kid To Join Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 28 2015 The words 'gang' or 'posse' have negative connotations for most people. But not for Deborah Bial. After an aha-moment with a college drop-out, she would go on to form the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive college access programs in the United States. How successful is the program? The list of former Posse graduates is undeniably impressive: Harvard grads, doctors, a college dean, a filmmaker, and a CEO, just to name a few. [Full Story]

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Cubs: The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life Posted by Trishna Shah, Mar 28 2015 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on The Family Stories That Bind Us In This Life. Take a look."Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves." - Gail Lumet Buckley

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On Vivekananda, Tracelessness, Work, And Purity Posted by Preeta Bansal, Mar 27 2015 In working to put together some bios for some beautiful upcoming Awakin call guests, I've been struck by how many of these beautiful souls live their lives without a digital trace, or little of one, and how privileged I feel to be able to work to try and assemble their stories into something so prosaic as a biographical narrative -- helping to bring forth some of their ideas and visions and ways of being to the world. This all has reminded me of a beautiful passage about work and impurity, tracelessness and purity from Vivekananda, in Karma Yoga: "The greatest men in the world have passed away unknown. The​ Buddhas and the Christs that we know are but second-rate heroes in comparison with the greatest men of whom the world knows nothing. Hundreds of these unknown heroes have lived in every country working silently. Silently they live and silently they pass away; and in time ... Read Full Story

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First Times. Posted by Rushabh Gandhi, Mar 27 2015 So finally Vipassana happened for the first time. I am grateful to this space and specially to Jignasha for making the magic happen. It was necessary to start with this because I haven't written anything after that. So much of over whelming gratitude is what I have been feeling that the "need" of "doing" anything just for the sake of it has disappeared. I feel like I am in space where I am trying to filter out the stuff which I used to do for satisfying my own ego or to show it off from what I really feel like doing and what I believe in.  Today, just a few hours something beautiful happened.  My sister, Isha cleared her exams which is going to be a major breakthrough in her life. After dinner, we were sitting and she wanted to celebrate with an ice cream or a cake. Mom and dad are out ... Read Full Story

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Call Me By My True Names Posted by Kozo Hattori, Mar 27 2015 At this week’s Awakin Circle, we discussed the power of stories. Soul brother Zilong said, “Hi, my name is Zilong. That’s a story. And it’s a story I continue to tell over and over again.” Zilong’s share immediately resonated with me because just last week my Hawaiian grandfather came to me and invited me to use my Hawaiian name, Makala. Something that I continually forget is that I’m not the same person I was when my parents named me almost 50 years ago. I’m not only different physically, but also psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. In fact, I’m not the same person I was a week ago. Before ServiceSpace came to me, I used to think that I was on my own. I had to struggle, compete, and even fight to survive. Entering this ecosphere made me realize that the world is more kind and loving than I ever imagined. Before my grandfather ... Read Full Story

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Black Madonna: A Song Of Forgiveness Posted by DailyGood.org, Mar 27 2015 "In 1981, two white supremacists brutally murdered an eighteen-year-old black boy in Mobile, Alabama. During the trial, there was an astounding moment: one of the men expressed true sorrow for what he had done. Everyone took a breath. And the boy's mother, Beulah Mae Donald, forgave him." The ability of human beings to love, even those who have deeply wronged us, is a recurring source of amazement and awe. Gayan, a poet and musician, was moved to compose a song dedicated to Beulah Mae Donald and the greatness of her spirit. Read more to feel the power of his awe-inspiring words describing Beulah's remarkable and beautiful act of forgiveness. [Full Story]

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Maitri Tune By Idina Menzel Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Mar 27 2015 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Idina Menzel: Let It Go.

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A Circle Deepening Our Collective Commitments Posted by Zilong Wang, Mar 26 2015 A circle, like a river, is ever-present, never twice the same, always nourishing. I felt very grateful to be in a circle of noble friends tonight, who were all participants in a Work That Reconnects training for people of color, led by Joanna Macy.  As the conversation progress, the theme of "living into our commitments" emerged, inspired by people like Adelaja and Pancho who are walking the walk, living gently on Earth, honestly to themselves, kindly to others, and bravely in the world. (As we heard of Pancho's commitment to do without cars this year and thus have been biking to Santa Clara from Oakland, our circle marveled at the determination, and came up with many "practical ideas" to making the late-night bike ride safer, such as cutting holes in the Earth flag to reduce wind drag, or use the Earth flag as a sail -- kite-biking.) As the Spring Equinox brings renewal, we went ... Read Full Story

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Karma Lekshe: Women In Spirituality Posted by Audrey Lin, Mar 26 2015 Listening to her speak is like sitting at high altitude, soaking in the clouds of compassion as they roll in with each breath. You can’t help but wonder how you got there or how the world could have looked anything less than the transcendent views that surround you now. What hits home about Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo is the sheer depth of her embodied humility, grace, and loving-kindness. And the colorfully human journey that brought her there. From a young age, she grew up surfing the waves of Malibu. At nineteen, she dropped out of college and, with surfboard in hand, stepped on a ship to Japan. From San Francisco to Honolulu to Yokohama, she rode the waves as a world-class surfer. When winter rolled around in Japan, she visited local monasteries and began to meditate. Questions of life, meaning, and the ambiguity of death propelled her to keep pushing that envelope. ... Read Full Story

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