About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I can draw near to Noble Friends

A good day to me is when ... a still mind can be in service

My hero in life is ...anyone who embodies wisdom & compassion

My favorite book is ...Highway Dharma Letters : Two Buddhist Pilgrims Write to Their Teacher

One thing I'm grateful for is ... unconditioned goodness

The Train Of My Life

Jun 09, 2020, 3 comments, 7 smiles Today, a friend shared with me a short video about the importance of using one's time wisely and setting priorities in order to have a fulfilling life. It inspires me to reflect about my priorities. I came to realize that one of them is just to cultivate noble friendships, without any expectations. So, I would like to dedicate the following poem of Jean D'Ormesson, a French novelist, to All friends of the ServiceSpace ecosystem: The train of my life At birth, we get on the train and meet our parents. It is believed that they will always travel with us. Yet, at a station, our parents will get off the train, leaving us alone to continue the journey. As time passes, others get on the train. And they will be important: our siblings, our friends, our children, even the love of our life. Many will resign (even possibly the love of our life), and leave a greater or lesser ... Read Full Story

Karuna News: How Does Compassion Respond To Racism?

Jun 03, 2020, 2 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Last week, George Floyd's death sent shock waves across the United States and globe. In the midst of our global pandemic, millions have taken to the streets, asking why police brutality and systemic racism continues unchecked in this day and age. Yet amid headlines of riots and misused force and power, distributed crews of goodwill are cleaning things up. Volunteers are sweeping up the shards of glass and scrubbing expletive graffiti from public walls. Neighbors are transcending stereotypes to show up for each other in times of fear. In many cities, elected officials and police officers are practicing deeper listening alongside protestors, walking with their communities, and kneeling in solidarity. How does compassion respond to racism? Our crew of volunteers drew up a few examples in the stories below.Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: All In It Together

May 27, 2020, 7 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Extraordinary circumstances can be witness to the extraordinary capacity of the human heart. This week's stories chronicle remarkable measures to ensure no one left behind. The 15 year-old daughter of an injured migrant laborer bikes her father 700 miles home. A 92 year-old Holocaust survivor ensures her piano students continue to receive high quality instruction -- as well as a virtual Spring concert! Community members spill forth their gratitude to struggling business owners while concerned citizens rescue chickens as part of their family. Archbishop Desmond Tutu reads words of the Dalai Lama: "It is during times like these that we must focus on what unites us, as members of one human family." In related news, as a generation of graduates step into a future poised for new formations, our friends at Awakin dialogued with three visionaries: Otto, Dacher, and Sanjay on Re-Imagining Higher Education!Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: 6,000 Strangers Apart And Together

May 20, 2020, 5 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!As Spring quietly slips into Summer, we're more apart and together than ever. Even quarantine can't quiet a 6,000-person choir. Across 100+ countries, tens of thousands sign up to be exposed to coronavirus, to help science. To help with faith, last week, religious leaders called for a global day of prayer. In Delhi, the dramatic shift from gray to blue skies reminds us of the power of daily habits at scale. As does a retired farmer -- whose habit of kindness unexpectedly ricochets into an award ceremony for his long-pending bachelor's degree! Opportunities for compassion are everywhere we turn -- even on KarunaVirus. Say hello to KV India!Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: 173 Year Boomerang (+Julliard Artists

May 13, 2020, 1 comments, 7 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!How might we recall this pandemic 173 years from now? As you ponder that, thousands of Irish are paying forward kindness received during the 1847 Great Potato Famine. Meanwhile, from their homes, over 100 Julliard artists get creative with a virtual performance, homeless in Atlanta have sanitization options, endangered storks make a come-back, and two million people enrolled for what is now Yale's most popular class -- happiness. Volunteers recently asked: "Is this a war or love story?" Sounds like the makings of a love story to us. But we'll let you decide ...Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: A Tale Of Two Worlds

May 06, 2020, 6 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter is out!Sometimes bedtime stories help us imagine new vistas, like Tom Foolery's viral video. Human ingenuity naturally follows. The constraints of the pandemic are inspiring hundreds of innovations, and radical kindness -- like Italy's suspended groceries or a woman living in a car who feeds the homeless. Then, every so often, we can drop our jaws in awe of emergence -- Planet Earth just repaired its largest ozone hole. All of those stories and more below. Oh, and our friends at Awakin are launching a new webinar series this weekend with inspired change-makers: What Would Gandhi Do?Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: What's Given Freely Can't Be Stolen

Apr 29, 2020, 1 comments, 6 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter 'is out!By the time you have finish your breakfast tomorrow, we'll have crossed the 500-story mark! To our rockin' volunteer crew: please take a bow. :) Enjoy a sampling below of inspiring news from last week. And for more favorites, check out top-10 lists made by our readers! One is inspired by Brene Brown's "twinkle lights" metaphor, another is titled "Power of Collective", and the most recent "Headlines of Hope".Read the full newsletter here ...

Karuna News: Rival Gangs Deliver Food Together And

Apr 23, 2020, 5 smiles Newest issue of our newsletter 'is out!Hello friends. Around the globe, as uncertainty still looms over us, people are continuing to step up their compassion -- in absolutely unprecedented ways. Enjoy some of last week's most popular stories below. Thanks to our inspired volunteer crew, we now have over 400 stories -- and to uncover the gems, we've released a tool for anyone to create their own favorites list. To wet your appetite, here's editor's picks and stories about the magic of children during these challenging times.Read the full newsletter here ...

Humble Spiritual Activism In Times Of Confinement

Mar 21, 2020, 8 comments, 18 smiles [ For those who, like me, are afraid to stay at home. :) ] The morning after the containment's decision in France, I received a poster made by a monk. It shows a meditator sitting alone with his shadow reflecting the form of a Buddha, the expression of the full potential of any living being. The monk titled the poster “Vows.” It was a very timely gift as it made me reflected: “Jasky, what could be your vows for the next weeks, the next months in containment? What could be your resolutions at home? If you don’t reflect on them now, you will regret, because you know yourself too much from your past experiences: you will easily slack off. Your apartment is a place of many distractions (internet, TV, sofa, fridge, games...), where you have built so many bad habits (by over-surfing, over-sleeping, over-eating, over-stimulating, over-dreaming...) there.” Indeed, for ten years, whenever ... Read Full Story

"China In Silence" -- A Letter From February

Mar 15, 2020, 3 comments, 9 smiles [A text I received last month that I thought you may enjoy reading. --Jasky] 「靜靜的中國」 作者:石梁 “China in Silence” by Shi Liang, early February 2020 喧囂的中國終於靜下來了,躁動的社會終於靜下來了,焦躁的國人也漸漸地靜下來了。 The hustle and bustle in China finally quietened down. The restless society finally also calmed down. The restless people in the country too gradually fell silent. 曾被人類關在籠子裡的野生動物,終於成功地將人類也關在了「籠子」裡,這就叫「多行不義,必自斃。」這就是「天道輪廻」。 The wildlife which were caged have finally succeeded in caging humans. This is known as “Rampant vicious acts will come around”. Such a phenomenon is the Law of natural justice or karma. 人類終於低下了那顆驕傲的頭,開始靜靜地思考:我們還是地球之王嗎?人類終於又一次深切地感受到了大自然的威力。 Humans finally have to bow their proud heads and ponder in silence: Are humans the king of the planet? Humans finally have to submit to the awe of the nature. 人類在面對死亡的威脅時,才開始認真地反思,才知道缺乏敬畏的社會氛圍是會導致更多的傷害,是會面臨更多風險的。 Facing the threat of death, humans began to reflect and realized that the lack of due respect and fear will end up with more harm and danger. 貪婪的心正在被病毒淨化,愛吃的嘴也正在被病毒懲罰,一天到晚泡在燈紅酒綠場所的人已被病毒趕回家,流連忘返在牌桌上、酒桌上和賭場裡的人也主動回了家。 The greedy hearts are cleansed by the pandemic, the gluttonous mouths are punished, and the fun seekers ... Read Full Story