About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... it helps me stay true to my heart.

A good day to me is when ... I have helped someone smile.

My hero in life is ...Mom, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and you!

My favorite book is ...Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

One thing I'm grateful for is ... I remember how small I am in relation to the universe.


After Mindfulness: In Service To A Common Heart

Jul 10, 2019, 4 comments, 27 smiles Last week, Diana and Coleman convened bunch of us at UC Berkeley for a conference that explored a unique question: What's After Mindfulness? How do the values behind mindfulness extend beyond meditation? Their vision was not only a curation of content, but a movement -- a convening space for values and transformation -- the seeds of which would ripple forward long after the two-day event. What began as two non-Buddhists signing up to organize an 11th Global Conference on Buddhism turned into a remarkable journey in innovating around the age-old values of our human spirit. In a recent newsletter, Nipun recounted: "Originally, Diana and Coleman invited us to offer a presentation; but as they learned more about our organizing principles, they became enthralled with the idea of spreading a culture of non-commercial spirit of service throughout their conference. We invited them to move from legal contracts to trust in friendship, and they ... Read Full Story

Teaching + T: Intergenerations

Jul 05, 2019, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Intergenerations. According to Confucius, learning is a lifelong virtue. In this week's issue, we highlight three paths leading older people back to school.

July 4th Garden Day At Banyan Grove!

Jul 05, 2019 What a joy to spend the day together at Banyan Grove yesterday, in service to our community land, space, and inner and outer landscapes! Here's a few photos -- including our group one (where we'll photoshop Ari in:))! Feel free to add yours. At the start of the day, Sanved noted, "Service is contributing to society in some way," and Lena reflected, "It's when you give without expecting anything in return." Aligned with that spirit, Helen and Pragalbha quickly got to work in the kitchen, prepping a gourmet lunch for the day's crew, as Ubin and Karuna graciously joined for couple hours before their other July 4th festivities and Kozo and Fox arrived ready-for-anything! Then, Birju, Anne-Marie, Iver, and Ari arrived, adding a boost of energy to the whole crew! By the time the morning ended, almost our green bins were brimming with tall grass, Kozo befriended a praying mantis, intriguing long-forgotten items ... Read Full Story

Teaching + T: Alternatives To College

Jun 21, 2019 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Alternatives To College. As commencement season transitions to summer, these stories dive into the purpose, history, and potential of new structures of higher education.

Teaching + T: A Mere Penny

Jun 07, 2019, 7 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: A Mere Penny. At the end of another school year, these stories will move you to feel grateful, give and find kindness, and inspire others.

Teaching + T: New Structures

May 24, 2019, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed New Structures. A Service Innovation class, self-directed learning, and a focus on growth rather than grades. This week's issue takes a look at new learning structures.

Teaching + T: Youth Build Peace

May 10, 2019, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Youth Build Peace. In this week's issue we shine a light on peacebuilders - from a public school teacher to a program started by high school students to a nonprofit that brings peacebuilding action plan workshops to educators - peace can be built and found everywhere.

Teaching + T: Can Inner Strength Be Taught?

Apr 26, 2019, 4 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Can Inner Strength Be Taught?. Mindfulness, kindness, and gratitude - this issue shines a light on how to help students discover resilience and inner strength.

Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Lessons From The Earth

Apr 12, 2019, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Lessons From The Earth. With Earth Day just a little over a week away, this issue focuses on how connecting with the outdoors is a natural way of learning for children and how students are eager to have a positive impact on our planet.

Teaching + T: Teaching+T: Service And Service-Learning

Mar 29, 2019, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Service And Service-Learning. Service-Learning is a wonderful way to combine the required curriculum with community engagement. This week's newsletter takes a closer look at how to make it happen.