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
A Conversation With Giang Dang Posted by Xiaojuan Shu, Feb 06 2016 Three moons ago when Kozo asked me if I would like to be the moderator to interview Giang Dang on an Awakin Call, I was anxiously excited. Having not figured out the right question for my own search, am I able to ask good questions about another person's journey? Who is Giang Dang? She is a grassroots change-maker in Vietnam, who serves the underprivileged communities with small acts, such as transforming the abandoned land in the city into a community garden, who does not take no for an answer because making the seemingly impossible possible gives her extra motivation, and who recognizes the importance of self-care because she knows that a happy soul serves happily… I didn't listen to the recorded conversation until last Wednesday at the Awakin Circle when Nipun told me that he had transcribed the call and loved it. While busy traveling and ... Read Full Story
Today We're His Family: Teen Volunteers Mourn Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 06 2016 "On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys' school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school's assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to the rest of their school day, and to their lives as a whole right now. Today the teens have volunteered to be pallbearers for a man who died alone in September, and for whom no next of kin was found. He's being buried in a grave with no tombstone, in a city cemetery." Read more about the touching way these high schoolers are stepping up to honor the life and death of strangers. [Full Story]
His Royal Highness The Gyalsey Is ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Feb 06 2016 His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born | KuenselOnline Congratulations to the nation!!!!! :D :D <3 <3 "wELCome home" your HRH the new born Prince to our Bhutanese Family! We are so happy and blessed.
"The More You Praise And Celebrate ... Posted by Sonam Yangden, Feb 06 2016 "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey.
Cubs: Tools For A More Grateful, Peaceful, And Posted by Trishna Shah, Feb 06 2016 This week's 'Cubs Community' newsletter is on Tools for a More Grateful, Peaceful, and Connected Family Life. Take a look."Children have neither past nor future; and that which seldom happens to us, they rejoice in the present."--Jean De La Bruyere
Karma Kitchen Doo-bai :) Posted by Neha Phukan, Feb 06 2016 It was a beautiful day for a Karma Kitchen – cloudy skies with just a hint of sun gracing us every now and then, a cool breeze and a serene location near a waterway. Many volunteers arrived earlier than their assigned time with the biggest smiles and joyous energy, ready to dig into their own intentions for service, kindness and generosity. But the ripples for a second Karma Kitchen to happen had begun long before the day itself. From Natasha’s ongoing, deep conversations with the restaurant, to the collective intentioning, to all of the love we carried back from our India trip all the way to a by-the-chance email sent to Meghna, requesting if we could have Wisdom Craft heart pins for guests and their arriving just in time – all the way through, it felt like flow, not work. :) For our volunteer briefing session, due to a roadblock for a ... Read Full Story
This Mysterious Gift Posted by Smita Khatri, Feb 05 2016 I walk in to the Transition unit at Boulder County jail. The officer calls the names of the inmates in our Thursday morning meditation class. While I wait for the guys to come out of their cells and line up in the hallway, I often like to take that time to check in with the guys in my classes. This Thursday, I am talking to "T" about his slow recovery from a cold. He hasn't been able to get much fresh air lately, which makes it harder to recover. The guys haven't been allowed to go outside for a while, because they can't go out when the temps are under 50 degrees. As I'm talking to "T," another inmate, "C," walks up to me and hands me a January 2015 issue of Shambhala Sun magazine. He says, "I saw this photo on the cover (a photo of a statue of Quan ... Read Full Story
Listening To Our Ancestors Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle, Feb 05 2016 A post on the Gill-Tract/Boycott-Sprouts(Fake)Farmers-Market/ Ohlone-Ceremonies/ Native-American-Women-leadership/ Urban-Farming is long past-due. Together with the nudge I got from an inspector from the smiles-inbox ;-) and the paradigm shift of this story, made me share it right away. Despite the voice of local elders, and two sisters locking themselves to a bulldozer last week, Yesterday, a part (~6.5 acres) of the Gill Tract was deeply hurt as massive heavy machinery started to remove thousands of pounds of incredibly rich-black soil. It was painful to witness. As a way to serve the movement to save this piece of land we, in Casa de Paz, volunteered to be on the sidewalk of San Pablo Ave. from 7am to 4pm to start preparing our escalation of satyagraha. Casa de Paz crew's signature is to start and end with receptive silence. So, I put an Earth flag, a couple of banners --one of them that read "We Are Not ... Read Full Story
Maitri Tune By Wadali Brothers Posted by Sheetal Sanghvi, Feb 05 2016 This week's 'Maitri Tunes' newsletter is a song by Wadali Brothers: Tu Mane Ya Na Mane.
The Story Of Bopsy: The Very First Make-a-Wish Kid Posted by DailyGood.org, Feb 05 2016 "In 1978, 5-year-old Frank "Bopsy" Salazar was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors advised his mother, Octaviana Trujillo, to check him in to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. At the time, Trujillo was 26, single, and couldn't afford to put Bopsy on her health insurance. She checked him in anyway. Over the next two years, Bopsy was treated by Dr. Frank Barranco, a physician who the 5-year-old adored and who eventually introduced him to the people who would make his last days count." Read on for the moving story of the first child to have his wishes granted through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. [Full Story]