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Bayarea: UnTickets? (+Teens, Retreat, Six+1 Lessons)

Jun 04, 2019, 1 smiles Dear Friends, Thank you to so many of you who came out for the glorious Jai Jagat shows last month! And this month certainly promises to build on those tidal-wave ripples ... June 8th @4PM, local teens are circling up! As a gifted educator, Andy felt schools should be about learning and not curriculum; about teachers being human and not "certified"; about students being happy, not merely successful. In 1995, he started a "school without a campus" in Seattle. It took off. They made the news for their kindness class. And it continues to thrive to this day. This weekend, Andy is anchoring our intimate Awakin Teens Circle in San Jose! More details/RSVP. June 15-16 weekend, Lee Mun Wah was a Chinese American educator when his mother was shot five times and killed by a stranger at her doorstep. It turned his life upside down, and his inner transformation journey led him into ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: This Weekend (+ Jai Jagat Show, Deep U

Apr 18, 2019, 6 smiles Dear Friends, This seems to be the season of nonviolence for us. Pancho embarked on a walking pilgrimage, we just finished a memorable retreat with 40 love warriors at Banyan Grove, and then Arun Dada went on a road trip to SoCal. :) A couple of upcoming events but in reverse chronological order :) ... In early May, Nimo and 17 children from six slums in India will land in the Bay Area with the "Jai Jagat" show, a 90-minute one-of-a-kind dance, drama and musical production with a clear message: the whole earth is one family. The troupe has spent 18 months training with volunteer directors, choreographers and mentors, and the children have come to deeply embody the values they portray in the show. For a flavor, watch this trailer, and request tickets for May 4th (Oakland) or May 5th (San Jose). In late April, Maria and Vasco from Portugal are hosting a "Deep ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: Wednesday's Special Guest (+ Mexico, Korea

Mar 18, 2019, 1 comments, 4 smiles This Wednesday, we have the tremendous honor of hosting Arun Bhatt: RSVP here. If Arun Dada had to be described in one line, I would say this: "An 83-year-old Gandhian who has never sold his labor in his entire life." To pull that off, let alone as a husband and father of two children, requires *tremendous* virtue. It implies that you have served incessantly, trusted in selfless relationships over self-maximizing transactions and waited equanimously until someone's cup of gratitude overflows. And that is precisely what Arun Dada has done. For his whole life. Since his early twenties, he served alongside his mentor Vinoba Bhave. He nonviolently resisted oppression in courageous ways, walked through hundreds of villages to uplift grassroots communities, and supported countless projects whose ripples still continue today. Most of the reputed leaders of his generation looked to him for advice, and yet, perhaps the most telling sign about Arun Dada is ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: Awakin Teens (+ Gandhi Today, Thousand RSVPs,

Feb 25, 2019, 2 smiles Happy end-of-February! Last month, we had an overflowing "New Story" retreat that Andy recounted as, "Tea leaves don't instantly flavor the surrounding water but do so over time. I've now been flavored by this community's generosity, love, consciousness and kindness-filled spirit at an even deeper level." One of the speakers, Brian Conroy, eloquently described our time together: Living the New Story. As we head into Spring, a few things to look forward to... March 10th is the first Awakin Teens Circle! As these things flow, three folks who carpooled to the last Banyan Grove retreat happened to all be parents of teens -- and have now teamed up to host our first teenager gathering in San Jose! If you've got a teen in the family, or just enjoy story-telling, you can learn more about Awakin Teens Circle. April Retreat: "Is Gandhi Relevant Today?" We are hosting a 2-day retreat in West Marin on April ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: This Wednesday's Speaker: Charles Eisenstein!

Jan 21, 2019, 1 comments, 8 smiles Dear Friends, Happy MLK Day! This Wednesday evening, we are delighted to have Charles Eisenstein as our guest speaker at Awakin Santa Clara. You can RSVP here. Back in 2002, Charles wrote his first book. Five months later, he checked his total sales: five copies. Married, with three kids, he was soon evicted from his apartment, left to wonder: why am I doing this work? For self or service? Soon after, he had a metaphysical experience where he was confronted with a follow-up question: are you willing to work invisibly in service? He said yes. "That was part one of the disintegration of personal ambition. Then, I had to disintegrate the ambition to do big things to change the world. On a five thousand year scale, an everyday act of kindness is no smaller than anything a president does," he realized. As the story goes, the more he let go, the more he was ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: New Story Retreat (+ Global Home)

Jan 09, 2019, 3 smiles Dear Bayarea Friends, Trust that the New Year has you buzzing with possibility! As we kick off 2019, a few local and global tidbits ... In the Bay Area, we're starting the year with a special weekend retreat! -- 'A New Story' -- RSVP here With renowned author Charles Eisenstein, story-telling professor (for 20 years!) Brian Conroy, and many other inspirations (including musicians!), we're delighted to gather and soak in collective wisdom around this topic: Every culture has a story -- a weaving of narratives, symbols, and agreements that help us define and navigate the world. Today's dominant culture tells a story of separation, where we are separate from nature; entrenched in competition; where generosity and trust are exemplars rather than norms. However, this story is giving way to a new one. With growing awareness of ecology's interdependence, complexity theory's power of emergence, and neuroscience of intrinsic kindness -- our hope for the gathering ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: This Wednesday ... Yin And Yang 2.0 :)

Nov 26, 2018, 3 smiles Dear Friends, This Wednesday, we are delighted to host Rev. Heng Sure at our Awakin Circle, just days before he leaves the country for an extended period. You can RSVP here as usual and we'll be limited to the first 85 RSVPs: http://awakin.org/local/sv Our topic will be: Yin and Yang 2.0 -- Balancing Strength and Kindness in a New Paradigm. For those who know Rev. Heng Sure, it is clear that no description of him is ever complete. You have to actually hear his riveting, wisdom-filled stories with animated story-telling voices. You have to 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, his life changed with a random phone call while pursuing graduate ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: News About Karma Kitchen (+ Stories And HHH

Oct 31, 2018, 4 smiles Thank you for so many palpable events with Sister Lucy last week! While we were certainly left inspired, she also left feeling so grateful for all your friendships. Here are a few photos, and a roundup of her remarkable stories. Some upcoming local events in the BayArea ... In Berkeley, Karma Kitchen is now officially on retreat. New ownership at the restaurant has opted not to continue our experiment, so we'll be looking for a new home (as the KK beat continues on around the globe -- most recently in Warsaw!) Or perhaps we'll experiment locally in a new direction. Would love to hear your ideas. On Saturday Nov 10th, we are super excited to pilot a day-long Hands, Head, Heart retreat! One of the H's will be anchored by Audrey Lin, another by Preeta Bansal and third by Nipun Mehta -- but exactly which H is a mystery, even to us. :) ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: Tomorrow's Karma Kitchen (+ Pishkesh,

Jun 23, 2018, 3 smiles [Local Bayarea Newsletter] Karma Kitchen is on tomorrow! Among others, it'll feature volunteers ranging from a Church minister to an IBM exec who retired to go back to med school to serve underprivileged communities as a doctor, led by Sima and Claudia. Join for lunch and generosity, in Berkeley, 11AM-2:30PM. We'll also have a jamming community table, featuring a Peace studies professor Fran Faraz who taught us about the remarkable Iranian tradition of "pishkesh", founding member of United Religions Initiative Sally Mahe, a couple in their 70s who have known each other since high school, and locals like Liz, Audrey, Birju, and Richard. To join that table, RSVP here. Laddership Circle applications for July circle are now open. These are very popular peer learning circles, where the most recent alumni even included a Nobel Peace laureate! Here's what some laddership alumni have launched in the last couple weeks alone. In Portugal, Vasco wondered ... Read Full Story

Bayarea: Zendo Sunday (+ Awakin, Summer, Grace)

Jun 01, 2018, 4 smiles A few upcoming events ... This Sunday is Awakin Circle at Banyan Grove's Zendo -- with a spiffy new backyard. :) Join Audrey, Ari, Fab, Aabha, Richard, Nipun and a bunch others. RSVP here. Next Wednesday, Gary Zukav and Linda Francis are joining us again as guest listeners! To join us, RSVP here as usual. On Saturday, June 16th, we are holding a full-day Educators retreat with some inspired out-of-town guests. Details here: Cultivating Compassion Quotient This Summer, we will also soon be starting a summer internship, in case you know youngsters who want to deepen their service journeys. (Check out our first-ever interns in 2012: Conversation with Neil and Dillan) In Vietnam, we recently held an unforgettable retreat hosted by our inspired sisters -- Giang and Hang. In Philippines, women's prison held a concert with Nimo's songs; and there was a commencement address on grace: Surrender isn't a sacrifice of the known, but rather a ... Read Full Story