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 »
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Video Of Nipun's Talk In Stockholm Posted by Alfred Tolle, Feb 09 2016 In Sweden last year, we wanted to plant a few seeds for new conversation around wisdom-led designs for our emerging planet: Wisdom Stockholm. We opened the conference with Julia's talk on happiness in Bhutan, followed by Lorenzo's challenges to GDP, and then after a light-hearted talk by Stefan, we closed the morning session powerfully with this talk that highlights so much of your remarkable work:
On The Relevancy Of Monasteries Posted by Nikita Krivoshey, Feb 09 2016 Yesterday, I gave a talk in Palo Alto this is the content from it. SUMMARY There are many forms of monasticism. Each form has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some of these have great potential to transform our society and ways of life for the better. By examining monasteries as systems within larger systems, we can understand the most appropriate forms to suit our situation as individuals, and as local and global communities. Monastic discipline keeps the environment focused on inner transformation and is the primary force which creates a cycle within the monastic population. This article is composed of 3 main sections: 1. Traditional and Contemporary Monasticism 2. The Role of Discipline 3. Finding a Good Monastery A common myth is that in order to make use of a monastery one has to take lifelong vows of strict discipline. The truth is that this is usually not the case. There are many monasteries where one can ... Read Full Story
Two Laddership Circles This Month! Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 09 2016 As we cross one year of Laddership Circles, it's been inspiring to witness a spectrum of project initiators around the globe collectively engage in the nuances of leading with inner transformation, dive deeper into gift ecology, and simply hold space for new designs to come to light. The excitement is brewing as we head into our fifth and sixth circles at the end of this month! Like last summer, an overwhelming number of applicants, and crew of enthused volunteers leave us launching 2 concurrent circles amongst a couple dozen of us. Here's a snapshot of the our Feb/Mar 2016 Fellows. First, our Friday circle includes: Liam Chai carries a depth of presence that transcends his 22 years. Designing his own university education, he read 200+ non-fiction books, built a tiny house, learned a language in 3 months, meditated 100 hours in 10 days, grew salad on rooftops in the heart of London, and spent a ... Read Full Story
Breathe To Grow Posted by Jyoti , Feb 09 2016 In an old city The new takes over As glass towers Are built To impress Quietly The old persists Self-assured In its simple majesty Knowing that It feeds The very breath And will As long as Its not killed And then When it is, It'll still give Becoming the beam Of the new Building or A door When those who Built to grow Are no more.
Teaching + T: Education With A Purpose Posted by Audrey Lin, Feb 09 2016 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Education With A Purpose. In an world that's radically different from just 10 years ago, how can education remain relevant to our rapidly evolving realities? In this issue, we've been blown away by a university where the city is your classroom, a middle school that amplifies kindness, and 7 ways to help high schoolers find purpose.
David Whyte: On Anger, Forgiveness & What Maturity Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 09 2016 "Our emotional life maps our incompleteness, philosopher Martha Nussbaum wrote in her luminous letter of advice to the young. A creature without any needs would never have reasons for fear, or grief, or hope, or anger. Anger, indeed, is one of the emotions we judge most harshly in others, as well as in ourselves and yet understanding anger is central to mapping out the landscape of our interior lives." Here the English poet and philosopher David Whyte explores the themes of anger, forgiveness and the true nature of maturity. [Full Story]
Somebody Said, Doing Service (Seva) Is ... Posted by Anup Bagla, Feb 09 2016 Somebody said, doing service (Seva) is itself meditation and sitting for hours is not required for peace / happiness ... God or Truth or Law Natural is looking for people who can be instruments and co-partners in its creative activities and purposeful execution of its functional activities ... What do you say ? Do you agree or have anything else to say ?
Seeds: Seeds + T: Slow Money And Moneyless Time Posted by Nisha Srinivasan, Feb 08 2016 This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds + T: Slow Money And Moneyless Time. Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! one a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! Heard that song? What do you think she is interested in, the penny or the bun? Discover Slow Money, a movement that marries Slow Food with Local Money. Does time equals money? What happens when we live by that equation and what happens when we don't? Take a look.
On Being Nice Posted by Jyoti , Feb 08 2016 My 82 year old aunt said to me: Being nice to people who are nice to us is not enough. You have to learn to be nice to those who are not nice to us. If you are able to do it, that is when you know you are nice. Having known her all my life, I know she has lived by this herself. I have so many childhood memories of her being super nice. One time as she and her family were boarding a train for Poona (Pune now) from the Delhi railway station and we were sending them off, my mother, her younger sister, casually asked her to find pants similar to her daughter's, for me for a future visit. My aunt promptly asked her daughter to go change in the train and give me the pants right away, before the train left. This spontaneous gift set the bar for ... Read Full Story
Giftivism At Gil Tract Posted by Sam Bower, Feb 08 2016 Pancho and Tyler went to jail this morning for their act of Giftivism, meditating to protect indigenous land against corporate interests -- Take Back the Gil Tract: More photos here -- and couple of videos. I was also cited, and Pancho and Tyler were both released later in the day. [Tyler and Sunibell are heading to a meditation retreat (with Nipun, Nikita and Rob) starting Wednesday.]