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 »
Karma Kitchen in Poland!A room full of strangers spontaneously celebrate one couple's 34th anniversary. Two pre-teens melt hearts with their nonstop acts of kindness. One guest writes a line of gratitude: "A server told me I had a wonderful smile. I had not smiled much lately." And the first Karma Kitchen experiment in Poland is born. Read More »
My Six Weeks of Laddership"How have I evolved? I am not sure yet, except to say that the former me wouldn't allow "not sure" to be an answer." Lara reflects on the subtle shifts from her 6-week virtual Laddership Circle. Read More »
Stories from a 21 Day Inclusion ChallengeOver 1000 participants around the world practiced daily acts of inclusion for 21 days straight last summer. Chandni highlights a few stories from the journey. Read More »
The Gift SpectrumBirju outlines and reflects on different shades of gift economy and ecology. Read More »
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Laddership News: Borders, Edges And Bridges Posted by Jane Murray, Dec 11 2017 This month's 'Laddership Newsletter' was just posted online. As 2017 draws to a close we take a look at what separates us and what draws us together through two very different narratives. Zilong takes us through his one and a half years on the road and all of the borders, literal and metaphorical, that he has bridged. Min describes the internal edges and borders that were crossed by random acts of kindness in Berkeley.
Recipe For Spiritual Well-Being In Today's World Posted by Aryae Coopersmith, Dec 11 2017 In the Dec. 10 Spiritual Travelers Circle, Rev. Charles Gibbs, interviewed by the circle, shares his reflections on connecting our inside & outside to bring light, love and healing in a troubled world. You can see the complete video recording of the circle, and more about Charles and the attendees, at Dec. 10 Spiritual Travelers Circle.
That One Person Posted by Anuj Pandey, Dec 11 2017 [I'm always humbled by the illuminating snapshots of life that surface during each Awakin Circle. Last Wednesday, on the coattails of Preeta's beautiful opening, Kozo shared this powerful story about his friend's encounter at a local pharmacy.] One day, I got a call from a friend. He's this guy from Hawaii, and he lives in Puerto Rico now. He had lost his job, and he was going through a rough patch in life. His daughter had anorexia and almost died. Puerto Rico itself is in shambles right now. And because he had lost his job, he started working at a pharmacy or drugstore chain down there, called Longs or CVS, or something like that. He was working at this little drugstore, just doing clerk work, ringing up and bagging people's purchases. He's an educated man, and it was way below his qualifications and pay scale. One day, this woman came in. She was ... Read Full Story
Walking Into Stillness: The Last One Posted by Nisha Mothilal, Dec 11 2017 A heartwarming sharing by Afshan Randera Walking in stillness – Richmond Park – the penultimate walk This was my first time coming to Walking In Stillness and my first time in Richmond Park. What a beautiful setting and what amazing company. A group of us – many of us meeting for the first time – set out from the entrance to the park, and made our way silently and meditatively towards the middle of the forest. Our focus was only on ourselves, our steps, our own movements and the quietening of our minds. After the walk, we sat down to meditate by the trees with their gorgeous autumnal colored leaves. When my opened my eyes, everything was vibrant. The green of the grass was brighter, the trees in the distance looked like rainbow colors with their varying greens, yellows and orange leaves. After the meditation, we all spoke of our experiences. There were ... Read Full Story
.Visuslizing An End To These Fires ... Posted by Michaele Premet-Rosen, Dec 11 2017 .Visuslizing an end to these fires and safety/strength for all affected.
17 Year-Olds On Wisdom Posted by Min Lee, Dec 11 2017 As a ripple of many beautiful encounters, few of us have been hosting a 9-month Laddership Circle with 7 high school seniors from the K-12 girls' school at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. This month, the theme was on wisdom, and we were amazed by some of the insights that these teenagers presenced! I don't know what I was doing at 17, but probably not spending a Saturday night in a circle of sharing on wisdom! :) Here's few excerpts from their reflections: "I realized that wisdom also does not fall into one archetype, it comes in all different forms and sometimes it is a gentle nudge in the side and other times it hits you like a brick, but each time we should embrace the gift we have been given and impart it on others as well." "People who embody wisdom are not necessary positive, but forward thinking. They do not dwell ... Read Full Story
Sound Of Music Posted by Sheetal Vaidya, Dec 11 2017 As a kid i was enrolled to learn Indian classical music and I didn’t fare very well there. But the notes made something in me come alive and since then I have had interest in listening/understanding music and poetry with all my heart. Somewhere along life’s busy path it became limited to becoming an avid car listener. My love to drive and music married each other and I would constantly look for “good” music. This music came alive in full flow during the the bhav yatra. My goal oriented mind had little clue how this yatra would shape up and whether there’s any meaning to it or will it remain a downright foolish adventure (as a dear friend put it!). Last couple of years have seen many magical moments supposedly understood as result of this trip. One of them is the musical connection that has brought in abundance of ... Read Full Story
Dustbins Of Love : Dil Ka Dubba Posted by Kishan Laddha, Dec 10 2017 Yesterday was Imam Saheb's death anniversary, he came with Gandhiji from South Africa renouncing his established business and decided to settle in Sabarmati Ashram serving for the freedom movement. To give homage to Imam saheb, remembering the incredible work he did for communal harmony and for promoting Khadi, Jayesh bhai along with other residents of Gandhi Ashram visited Imam Manzil and also went to his graveyard and offered prayers and flowers. On the way back Jayesh bhai met an old friend Dil Khush bhai, hisbname literally means happy heart. Jayesh bhai asked DilKhush to come with him and have a cup of tea, and they visited the tea stall opposite Gandhi Ashram. Dil Khush' profession is to mend old tin cans into dustbins and even in the process he uses the waste tin sheets to make dust pans. His love to make best out of waste could be the core of his ... Read Full Story