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Inspiring Link Posted by Sanjeev Verma, Sep 11 2020 Social activist Agnivesh dies at 80: A tribute to a friend and a crusader He devoted his life to India’s most marginalised and to the cause of secularism.   ‘Voice of Religious Toleration’: A Tribute to Swami Agnivesh Above all, Swami Agnivesh was a social activist, whose pioneering and highly successful work against bonded labour found expression most notably through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981 while still a minister.

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Conversations: Issue No. 51 - Four By Four Posted by Richard Whittaker, Sep 10 2020 This month's 'Conversations' newsletter is themed Issue No. 51 - Four By Four . We have four very different pieces in this issue. Let's start with Rosalyn White. For a Western artist, she took the path (much) less traveled - the path of Tibetan art. You can read the full introduction here...

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Our Dear Friend, Powerful Meditation Teacher, ... Posted by Preeta Bansal, Sep 10 2020 Our dear friend, powerful meditation teacher, fellow ServiceSpace volunteer and favorite comedienne/actress Stephanie Nash will be offering a free 12-week live class via Insight Timer. The platform is just now moving to live classes and they asked a small number of teachers to offer something. So, beginning Sept 16, she will be offering “Well-Being in Challenging TImes” every Wednesday morning at 9AM Pacific Time for 30 minutes -- for 12 weeks. It’s totally free, and all are welcome to join at any time for any part of it. Some topics she’ll cover are: creating ease, laughter, eating, movement, deeper mindfulness, etc. Stephanie says: "this is the course I wanted to offer when Covid hit, but I didn’t have a platform to reach as many people, so when Insight Timer offered (with their 17 million users -- and 600,000 daily visits to the homepage where it will be listed), it seemed like the perfect opportunity." And what a great opportunity for all of us, her current and future fans!

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Nuggets From Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo's Call Posted by Rahul Brown, Sep 09 2020 This Wednesday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Jacques Verduin & Lama Tsomo. It was a timely conversation exploring insights, tools and practices to support ourselves and our communities in these times. For many of us, the pandemic has constrained our movements and confined our interactions -- turning our homes into seeming prisons. Many regions are also plagued with fires, hurricanes and other circumstances that force people into even greater lockdown in homes that may no longer feel safe. In conversation with Jacques Verduin, an expert in prison rehabilitation and Founding Director and Minister of Transformation of Insight-Out as well as the Founder of its GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power) Program, and Lama Tsomo, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, we’ll explore questions such as: How do we remain sane in lockdown? How can we remain lifted up when everything around us seems to push us down? How does ... Read Full Story

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Karuna News: Made To Be Given Away: Food, Dollars, And Posted by KarunaVirus , Sep 09 2020 Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Eventually, fledgling birds fly out of their nests. Young toddlers grow into adulthood. Dandelion seeds scatter into the wind. Snow melts into a mountain stream, and empties into ocean. Many things are made to be given away. They take flight into new forms and stages of life. But a kidney? Lawn services? Newly minted dollar coins? This week shines light on the many ways giving is regenerative -- far beyond what we may know or see.Read the full newsletter here ...

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Karla McLaren: The Language Of Emotions Posted by Pavi Mehta, Sep 09 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Karla McLaren: The Language Of EmotionsReflection questions: Our guest this week is an expert on the language of emotions, and most recently has focused on anxiety -- embracing it, and accessing its genius. She believes that anxiety is an essential source of foresight, intuition and energy that can help you look ahead, organize yourself, and gather the energy you need to get things done. What are you anxious about, and what might be the opportunities underlying it?

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KindSpring Weekly: Spotlight On Kindness: Giving Of Posted by Guri Mehta, Sep 09 2020 The latest issue of 'Spotlight on Kindness' weekly newsletter is themed: Spotlight On Kindness: Giving Of Courage.Editor's Note: A Buddhist friend once told me that of all the various ways you can practice giving, giving someone courage is considered to be the most significant. To lend a shoulder to lean on, encourage someone, or offer a kind word -- can all serve as beacons of hope during stormy weather. The people featured in this week's stories are exemplary role models for their genuine gifts of courage. --Guri

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Nuggets From Brian Conroy's Call Posted by Stephanie Nash, Sep 08 2020 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Brian Conroy. Brian Conroy is a gifted storyteller who comes alive when he sees people of diverse faiths, races, and backgrounds working together. Founder of the Buddhist Storytelling Circle, a group of storytellers from the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery who perform at interfaith gatherings, he brings together his passion for storytelling with the wisdom of Buddhism and writes traditional and contemporary Buddhist tales. As a storyteller, Conroy has performed at festivals and conferences including the National Storytelling Festival, The Parliament for the World’s Religions, and The Buddhist Storytelling Festival. A life-time educator, Conroy taught theater and public speaking in the public schools in San Jose, California for thirty-five years. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Folklore from San Jose State University, where he also taught storytelling for 10 years. His stories bring together wisdom and humor that speak to audiences ... Read Full Story

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21 Days Of Belonging Posted by Michelle Long, Sep 08 2020 Dear friends, Thank you for practicing Belonging with me these past three weeks. Here is some of what I heard and learned from you: Early on, you shared beautiful reflections on what belonging feels like to you. One of you said: “Belonging is being home, it is where the heart is. Where it is safe. Love and kindness, warmth and peace. A welcoming embrace.” One of you wrote to say it is surprising where you do feel Belonging deeply - and also how you don't feel it where you'd think -- "my work colleagues, professional society, family (!)" Together we looked at the land where we live. A few of you learned for the first time who was indigenous to the place you now call home, and one of you shared your tears and a poem you’d wrote years ago, with the line: “The soil of our agrarian roots nourished with the bone ... Read Full Story

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What I Learned From My Isolation: Posted by KM Bhai , Sep 08 2020 What I learned from my isolation: Make more and more friends. Never bring ego into your relationships Love and compassion are the most valuable things on the earth. We all should try to get and give as much as we can. Dear friends, life can take any turn at any time or movement. It is unpredictable and unstoppable. We can’t measure it. We just need to go with it. One more truth about life is; we can’t spend it alone. On so many occasions, we need people, family, friends and community to live the journey of life. And especially in our struggles, we need them more. On March 16, 2020 my left leg was injured. At that time, I thought it was a simple injury, but a medical doctor later declared it a serious fracture and that I would have to be in bed for three months. It was shocking for me. I never ... Read Full Story

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Tools Of Transformation When On Lockdown Posted by Rahul Brown, Sep 06 2020 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Tools Of Transformation When On LockdownReflection questions: What are some of the tools and practices that you turn to for upliftment during the lockdown of this pandemic?

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Yesterday I Had To Perform A ... Posted by Joan Heleine, Sep 05 2020 Yesterday I had to perform a bureaucratic task which caused frustration and resentment on my part. I needed to contact my CPA for information. After I made the call I realized the benefit of contacting my CPA was to tell him I wanted to be of service during these Covid times. I had struggled with ways to get my name out there and it turned out that he was the contact I needed to put the word out to the community! I believe that every interaction in life is important but sometimes I forget to trust that every interaction leads to a greater good.

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