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The Pizza Precept & More From Rev Heng Sure Posted by Trupti Pandya, Aug 01 2021 If you have no obstacles in your own mind, then outer obstacles will not hinder you or cause you worry.- Master Hua Two Buddhist Monks, Jin Wei Shi, and Jin Chuan Shi anchored weekly bowing sessions to dedicate merits to all beings during the global Covid crisis. In the final session, last week, we had a special guest Rev Heng Sure who along with Marty, former Heng Ch'au, bowed in peace, and for peace, touching their foreheads to the ground across 800 miles across. Below is an excerpt from the call. I really recommend that people bow outdoors. Sometimes, if you live on the twelfth floor of a high rise or live in a concrete jungle, it is hard to find grass. But if you can find even a patch of grass to bow on, what it does is it puts you much closer to all the other living beings with whom ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Moving Beyond Posted by Guri Mehta, Aug 01 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Moving Beyond Blame.Editor's Note: It's an understatement to say that things don't always work out as we had hoped. When faced with a stressful situation, many of us might first respond with, "Whose fault is it?" To blame someone or something for our afflictions may seem like typical human behavior. But Dr. Brene Brown's video below illustrates that such reactions signal a loss of control and disempowerment to our brains. This week's newsletter focuses on everyday individuals who were able to focus and galvanize their energies in finding a resolution. --Guri

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Summary From Awakin Talks With Mekin Maheshwari Posted by Jignasha Pandya, Jul 29 2021 Last Sunday we had the opportunity of hosting Awakin Talks with Mekin Maheshwari in conversation with Nipun Mehta & Swara Pandya. Below is a brief summary of the call. Bowing down to Arun dada in a business retreat. I was so deeply inspired by not his thoughts but also his actions. The simplicity of his answers lot of us put out with convoluted minds and hearts, dishing out questions to him and he was answering them with the same simple filters of how he has lived his life. There was so much truth, integrity and power to what he would say and do. What made me bow down was that there was no difference between what was being said and what was being done. Personally, that has been a journey for me, that has been a struggle. My question to him was - ‘I have this struggle of building the organization where I want ... Read Full Story

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Karuna News: Karuna News: Every Little Effort Posted by KarunaVirus , Jul 28 2021 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!As we cap off the last few days of July, it's incredible to think how different the world was just one year ago this same month. Today, as we look at all that has unfolded over the past dozen months, this week's newsletter reminds us that, no matter how high the challenges we face seem to tower over us, ever little effort counts. From Madrid forests to Unilever food labels, from a couple who feeds 120 college students to 9-year-olds in in England cheering on a classmate with cerebral palsy as he completes his first walk to school -- these examples remind us of the indefatigable spirit that every little effort of goodwill lights a spark in our collective existence on this planet.Read the full newsletter here ...

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Neil Douglas-Klotz: Breathing Life Into Prayer & Posted by Pavi Mehta, Jul 28 2021 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Neil Douglas-Klotz: Breathing Life Into Prayer & ScriptureReflection questions: When in your life has something important felt lost in translation? How did you come into the deeper or broader meaning of the concept or experience?

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Nuggets From Sheela Murthy's Call Posted by Rahul Brown, Jul 26 2021 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sheela Murthy. When the artist husband of renowned immigration lawyer Sheela Murthy suggested more than 25 years ago that she should freely give away detailed information on the then-nascent Internet, Murthy thought, “If I didn’t love this man, I’d think he wants to bankrupt me.” But heeding his instincts, Murthy Law Firm began pouring informational resources freely onto the web to help would-be immigrants navigate real-life issues not necessarily requiring professional legal advice. Having been frustrated by her own experience, Sheela reveled in the opportunity to help immigrants feel empowered and respected. And the firm’s website soon became the most visited law firm website in the world. She now runs the world’s pre-eminent U.S. immigration law firm. She has compassionately guided clients through the changes following 9/11 and then the 2016 Presidential election with deep hospitality and trusted relationships. Below are ... Read Full Story

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Lived Posted by Guri Mehta, Jul 25 2021 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Lived Compassion.Editor's Note: All major belief systems agree that "compassion" towards others is generally a good thing. However, in the West, the definition usually involves the words sympathy or even pity. Whereas in the East, daya (compassion) is quite different from kripa (pity). Since all living beings are ultimately seen as a part of one's own self, ahimsa (compassion-in-action) becomes more than just sympathy or pity. It is actively living in a way that prevents suffering for others. This week we explore the subtle nuances of this word in the video below. --Guri

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