About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... its good for me, its good for you, and its fun :-)

A good day to me is when ... I get to serve, sit, exercise, hug, listen, and love

My hero in life is ...Dr. V; and many of my friends!

My favorite book is ...The Great Disciples of Buddha; Autobiography of a Yogi

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I have a great idea about doing something beautiful

Shin Terayama: Loving My Cancer

May 16, 2018, 1 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Shin Terayama: Loving My CancerReflection questions: Our guest this week has tapped into the power to create miracles through love and self-love. Transcending rather than becoming engulfed in the fear of cancer and death, he accessed a natural state of love and gratitude. Miracles then unfolded for him until he was fully healed physically, mentally, and spiritually. When have you encountered the miraculous healing power of love and acceptance?

Lee Perlman: Bridging Prison Walls And Ivory Towers

Apr 04, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Lee Perlman: Bridging Prison Walls And Ivory TowersReflection questions: Our guest this week is an educator who has bridged the university and prison walls that traditionally separate elite university students and correctional inmates -- to enhance the educational experience for both groups. Do you recall an experience where your learning has been enhanced through interaction and immersion with a very different population? What was the nature of the transformative experience?

Bear Wisdom With Rev. Heng Sure!

Mar 08, 2018, 2 comments, 14 smiles It was a great honor to have the "world premiere" of Bear Wisdom at last weekend's Awakin Kids circle! Here it is for the adults too ... The backstory here is that Shagun's work on Sesame Street India lead to this great question around what it would look like if kids had access to the wisdom of spiritual teacher through the medium of puppet interviews. She was over at my place when she shared the idea, I loved it, rounded up Sachi and Tejas and went off the the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery when Rev Heng Sure agreed to be interviewed. At the end of the totally unscripted shoot, the auspicious serendipity behind the effort grew when Rev. Heng Sure gifted us with one of his puppets!! We learned a lot in this world premiere at Awakin Kids. Biggest lesson is that kids love this and watch with rapt attention if they've just ... Read Full Story

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness To

Mar 07, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness To Heartfulness Reflection questions: How have mindfulness practices helped you not only to become aware of your own being, but also to extend that awareness outward in a compassionate way toward others? What practices have helped you cultivate and extend compassion outward?

Mary Rothschild: Attention, Digital Media And Young

Feb 07, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mary Rothschild: Attention, Digital Media And Young ChildrenReflection questions: How would you characterize the health of your own relationship to digital media? What practices do you follow that help protect your attention from being incessantly hijacked by the screens in your life?

David Fryburg: You Are What You See: Inspiring

Dec 27, 2017, 1 comments, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'David Fryburg: You Are What You See: Inspiring KindnessReflection questions: How does exposure to positive news about kindness, generosity, and compassion affect your well-being and health? How powerful do you find visual images to be in reinforcing either positive or negative news?

Ulrike Reinhard: Skateboard Parks And Power Of

Sep 20, 2017 This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Ulrike Reinhard: Skateboard Parks And Power Of RelationshipReflection questions: Our guest this week has lived according to the logic of dynamic networks long before the internet appeared. She has been described as having "the genius to be able to think and act in terms of interaction. In conversation with her, it’s easy to forget about set agendas and fixed outcomes and follow wherever the dynamics of open processes might lead." How do you see the value of agenda-less interactions as distinct from "networking"?

Mark Whitwell: The Heart Of Yoga

Aug 24, 2017, 5 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Mark Whitwell: The Heart Of YogaReflection questions: Our guest this week believes that if you have religion in your life, you need "a yoga, a practicum, something you can actually do. Otherwise the brilliance of the text, the beautiful ideas, stay ideas that make you miserable because it seems like you haven’t attained them yet" -- whereas the key to yogic or religious life is simply to participate in it and to receive it -- not to look for it. What is your practicum for simply participating in the beauty that already exists?

Sri M's Tears Of Gratitude

Aug 08, 2017, 6 comments, 16 smiles We were fortunate to once again host Sri M for Awakin in Berkeley a few weeks ago. His autobiography, Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master, is both a fascinating story and an exercise in stretching one’s own mind to hold possibility for experiences that can be hard to swallow for rational materialists. Mystical tales aside, I had wondered about Sri M’s own teacher, a wandering yogi named Maheshwarnath Babaji who defied being photographed, had no organization, no ashram, and no apparent or well-known interactions with other people besides his students-- of which we knew of only one, Sri M himself. One might say that Maheshwarnath’s entire long life amounted to literally nothing with zero residue, save a single student who was transformed and wrote of him decades after his passing. If one were ever inclined to come up with a story about a mystical special teacher, Maheshwarnath ... Read Full Story

Zilong's Interview :)

Aug 06, 2017, 17 smiles Last weekend, a few of us spontaneously met an art gallery owner whose wife had interviewed Zilong last year about his previous cross-country and current cross-continent pilgrimages. :) Here's the 10-minute conversation: And a few excerpts from it include: Question: What did you learn? What started to come to you as you were bike riding around everyday? Did you get some moments of 'enlightenment' or sudden realizations? Zilong: One biggest realization is how good people are. Throughout the entire 3,000+ miles and two-and-a-half months, I never met one bad person. Never a harsh word. Every single night, one family or another opened up their home to let me camp in their backyard. And every single night, I've been able to have a shower inside of a stranger's home. Question: Wow -- and they trusted you? Most people opened up their homes to you? Zilong: Yeah, one in five. The average "success rate" is one in ... Read Full Story