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

Preeta's Fuji Declaration

Jul 27, 2018, 10 smiles Preeta spoke in Japan on co-creating harmony and balance in the world by uncovering the feminine energy. Lots of great thoughts elegantly and vulnerably woven together in this 5-minute talk (with audio slighly out of sync) :-)

Prahlad Tipanya Retreat At Banyan Grove

Jul 17, 2018, 6 comments, 14 smiles On any given day in India, hundreds and thousands show up to hear him sing and speak. When he gives a TED performance, literally the biggest name in Bollywood shows up to introduce him. Whether it is five minutes on a national stage or a few hours on an evening performance, two things remain true: Prahlad-ji remains unchanged, and the audience is left wanting more. Much like the 15th century saint Kabir who inspired Prahlad-ji’s journey, he has a way of getting to the heart of the matter instantly with the incisiveness and clarity, even as it’s offered humbly with love. In chatting before the retreat began, he says to me, “Rahul-ji, the work of the Sufi saints and saints of all traditions and eras has been to break down boundaries and bring people together. Through transcending differences we’re able to approach Oneness-- but to reach it we must concentrate our minds. ... Read Full Story

Living Bridges Of Giving + Nipun @CSL

Jun 29, 2018, 10 smiles A couple weeks ago I learned that the instructor of a class I'm taking is the parent of Waldorf school graduates, and so I naturally shared Pancho's commencement speech and moving tribute to his mother. Turned out that the instructor had just learned about ServiceSpace that very weekend when Nipun showed up as a guest speaker at the Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose. To check out Nipun's talk, go to minute 30:30 of the video below. What I loved about this talk was its framing and examples around the 'freshman', 'sophomore', 'junior', and 'senior' stages of giving practice. The final metaphor around the strength, resilience, and longevity of living bridges in Meghalaya was particularly motivating to give my own box of sweets to a neighbor who metaphorically has repeated smashed my car window. Grateful for the ways in which my courageous compassion has been nurtured by the ecosystem.

Three Luminaries Together

Jun 12, 2018, 1 comments, 9 smiles Google machine learning delivered a YouTube video recommendation that delighted me: Rev Heng Sure, Master Hua, and Brother David Steindl-Rast all together! Like a light reflected between mirrors, it was remarkable to witness the kindness, humility, and paradoxical light-gravitas of Master Hua bounced between the Q&A managed by the other two. There's a couple of wonderful moments at the end that are worth waiting for.

Emotions And Decision Analysis? (Talk By Somik)

May 26, 2018, 1 comments, 12 smiles Somik recently gave an inspiring talk at Stanford's Decision Analysis Conference, and it has stirred up a lot of interest in two fields that don't always get paired up in the same sentence -- Emotions and Decision Analysis.

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?