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

Nuggets From Sandra Waddock's Call

Sep 29, 2018, 3 comments, 3 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sandra Waddock. An intellectual shaman takes on the three roles of the traditional indigenous shaman: healer, connector, and sense-maker -- helping make sense of the world in the interest of the greater good. This label not only describes those management professionals whom Sandra Waddock has interviewed for her book, Intellectual Shamans: Management Academics Making a Difference, but is also an apt description of her own role as an academic. Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carrol School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College’s Carrol School of Management. With thirteen published books and nearly 150 papers, she shares her gift to push an agenda of change, responsibility and sustainability. She advises us to be ordinary difference-makers and actors for our common good, helping us heal old narratives and make sense of our world so ... Read Full Story

Sandra Waddock: Intellectual Shaman

Sep 26, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sandra Waddock: Intellectual ShamanReflection questions: Our guest this week has studied individuals who change the world. Key to success, she has found, is not heroism or charisma, but what she calls pragmatic vision, or a willingness to take multiple small steps toward desirable system change, rather than attempting to implement a grand vision all at once, and then "letting go" to allow nascent institutions and changes to have a life of their own. What small steps might you make in furtherance of a pragmatic vision?

Nuggets From Emma Slade's Call

Sep 08, 2018, 6 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Emma Slade. How does a jet-setting financial analyst from London end up a Buddhist nun in Bhutan? Emma Slade is a yoga and meditation teacher and author who left a successful career in finance in her 30s to find peace and meaning in the mountains of Bhutan. Unusual for a mother of a now 12-year-old boy, she was ordained a Buddhist nun in Bhutan in 2014 after rigorous training – the first (and still the only) Western woman to have achieved this in Bhutan. She currently runs an acclaimed charity to benefit special needs children in rural Bhutan. Slade left a career in global finance in 1997 when, while traveling for business in Indonesia, she was held hostage at gunpoint by armed men in her five-star hotel room. "Once I had recovered enough to see my life clearly, I felt ... Read Full Story

Emma Slade: Banking To Monasticism To Compassion In

Sep 05, 2018, 3 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Emma Slade: Banking To Monasticism To Compassion In ActionReflection questions: What are some pivotal inflection points in your life, where your heart pulled your life and career in a different connection? How are you able to direct compassion to action?

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?