About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I recently met Nipun Mehta and he asked me about participating in Awakin calls - which sounded marvelous. What a lovely group this is and I am delighted to join.

A good day to me is when ... I’m present and appreciating what arises, and see ways to optimize every situation for myself & others.

My hero in life is ...My meditation teacher, Shinzen Young, who has taught me by example about egoless service, and through his teachings how to be more present, to suffer less and appreciate more - and, of course, his never-ending insistence that I teach others. 😊

My favorite book is ...Oh, that’s so hard! I will come back to this .....

One thing I'm grateful for is ... The challenges that have helped me grow.

Nuggets From Brian Conroy's Call

Sep 08, 2020, 4 smiles 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

Brian Conroy: Art Of Storytelling

Sep 02, 2020, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Brian Conroy: Art Of StorytellingReflection questions: What kind of stories inspire you? Do you recall a time when storytelling and story-sharing helped to bring people of diverse backgrounds together?

Paulette Pipe: Touching The Inner Stillness

Aug 05, 2020, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Paulette Pipe: Touching The Inner StillnessReflection questions: What is the role of trust, faith and surrender in your life, and how do you access the inner stillness that allows you to act from that place?

Nuggets From Loch Kelly's Call

Dec 14, 2019, 4 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Loch Kelly. Loch Kelly, M.Div., is an author, meditation teacher, licensed psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker. He is a recognized leader in the field of meditation, and offers tools for effortless mindfulness. “There is more to effortless mindfulness than meditation,” Loch says. “Effortless mindfulness is primarily an off-the-meditation-cushion way of weaving together contemplation and compassionate actions." Author of three books, including the award-winning The Way of Effortless Mindfulness, Loch has collaborated with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn, and NYU in the study of how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing. A long-time teacher of non-dual forms of meditation, Loch spent 10 years establishing homeless shelters and community lunch programs while working in a community mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York. He also worked extensively with families recovering from the trauma of 9/11. During the call, Loch spoke of “Effortless ... Read Full Story

Loch Kelly: The Way Of Effortless Mindfulness

Dec 11, 2019 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Loch Kelly: The Way Of Effortless MindfulnessReflection questions: What practices allow you to slip into a state of natural spacious awareness while engaged in ordinary activities? Are you able to stay mindful while "off the cushion"?