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We are humbled and blessed to have Rev. Heng Sure visit our home for the first time here in London to share insights and wisdom from his life of service as an American Buddhist monk. He's been supporting ServiceSpace since the early days when we were planting seeds and has been a steadfast source of inspiration over the past twenty years since we first met him.
At gun point, the last thing you would do is bow to the man holding the gun. That's exactly what these monks -- Heng Sure and Heng Ch'au -- did. Three different times. Of course, bowing came a little easier to them because they'd been doing "three steps and a bow" for 800 miles. Yes, 800 miles for 2 years and 9 months straight. They were on a peace pilgrimage in the late 70's along California's highway 1, a pilgrimage to bring peace within and without.
That journey to boundless compassion never ended, though. "To make peace on earth we must want it. To stop harm and fear in the world we must change our ways. To change our ways we must change our minds," Rev. Heng Sure says. "The power is ours. Evil and good, selfishness or compassion all come from the mind first. If more people care for others, the world will spontaneously grow brighter."
On Wednesday, September 20th, we plan to come together for an inspiration-filled gathering to listen to stories and learnings from Rev. Heng Sure's incredible life journey.
The plan for the evening is as follows...
About Rev. Heng Sure
Words simply can't describe Rev. Heng Sure. You have to actually hear his riveting, wisdom-filled stories with his animated story-telling voices. You have feel his humility and how he can relate to and inspire just about anyone, from prisoners to monks, from recovering dot-commers to Macintosh fans, from kids to parents. You have to see how he moves entire audiences to tears with simple songs on his guitar.
Originally from Ohio, Christopher Clowery's life changed with a random phone call while pursuing graduate studies at UC Berkeley. Through a series of serendipitous events, he met a Chinese master who inspired him to dedicate his life to understanding and building virtue. He became Rev. Heng Sure.
Over the last 41 years as a monastic, Rev. Heng Sure has led a monastery in Berkeley, been a founding board member of United Religions Initiative (that has now spread to over 50 countries!), shared stories through his blog, made songs that open the heart, finished his PhD and has published books including bowing journals from their 800 miles pilgrimage.