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Karma Kitchen DC Celebrates 10 Years!

Mar 05, 2019, 7 comments, 19 smiles We just had our 10 year anniversary of Karma Kitchen DC! It was truly a celebration of ten years of generosity, kindness, community. When we started the Karma Kitchen DC in February 2009, we had only planned for three weeks, and were not sure if we will be able to sustain beyond. But week after week, month after month, it continued to grow, and always with the same spirit. Karma Kitchen DC has grown in its own spirit. Deeply grateful to the guests and volunteers who fueled it, and Himalayan Heritage Restaurant for hosting us generously for last six years. As our veteran volunteer, Vinay, shared during closing circle on Sunday, “I have seen so many changes in my personal life, in my friends and family members' lives, but the ambiance and spirit of Karma kitchen DC is still the same as it was 10 years ago when it started." In that spirit, the ... Read Full Story

Karma Kitchen DC Restarts Again!

Apr 28, 2016, 12 smiles After a hiatus, we just re-launched Karma Kitchen last weekend in DC! Aya, Kat and the local gang was excited. The week before, all the volunteers came together to settle the logistics, gathered up all the supplies and brainstormed ways to spread love. We knew that one of the founders of KK was going to be in town, but it was a very happy surprise to see Amit, Ashish and Manal also come down from New York! We opened the morning with a circle of sharing, in the orientation. A teenager shared a story of stopping to pray for deer killed on the road, another spoke about receiving a ride from a stranger, Kristin blew bubbles to spread cheer, past volunteers like Sateen recalled their experiences, another volunteer spoke about paying forward for a Subway sandwich the night before. Most of us were sporting our Karma Kitchen tees. The restaurant owners, ... Read Full Story

Intergenerational Joy!

Dec 30, 2013, 4 comments, 17 smiles This holiday season my family did something new. My wife and I with our two young children visited a home for the elderly in our area. This picture says more than my words could express. It was really a magical moment of bliss to be witnessing intergenerational connection on last Sunday. I was grateful that Luniva and Samyak were embracing all those unknown grandmothers without any hesitation. There weren't any barriers for them and they played as if they were all long time friends! Samyak was even able to make one of the grandmothers dance!  I got to witness in person, something I had heard for many years: that when old people stay close to kids their health becomes better and they live longer.     

June At Karma Kitchen DC

Jul 10, 2013, 8 smiles We had another great Karma Kitchen last month, while serving 74 guests with the help of many open-hearted volunteers.  One of the diners wrote a nice press story, and here's a nice recap with photos from one of our volunteers.  Ultimately, we were all practicing "Do Small Acts with Great Love", as the photo says below.  

Last Wednesday, We Had A Special ...

May 08, 2013, 7 smiles Last Wednesday, We had a special guest speaker in the Bloombars, DC. Dr. Ariyaratne, the founder of Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka led the guided Meditation of Loving kindness. Dr Ari. who have led one of the largest mass of silence meditation of about 900 thousand in one space, when I asked how does he feel to be small space with a small group like this, He said that he was tremendously happy to be part of Wednesday and always so grateful. He shared the experience of being in Santa Clara and NY, Wednesdays before and he was so impressed with the energy there. He added, Sarvodaya Sri Lanka which works almost 15000 villages of Sri Lanka today began in the small room with the few committed youth before 55 years ago. Bloombars Community felt very grateful to have him as a guest speaker which was quite a serendipitous with such short notice.

We Had Beautiful First Karma Kitchen ...

Mar 18, 2013, 4 comments, 17 smiles We had beautiful First Karma Kitchen in Bethesda, MD outskirt of Washington DC last Sunday. Not only the experience was unique to each of us, unique group synergy brought the whole atmosphere uniqueness in every aspects. The smile in a guest who were solicited from the cross section, another guest who kept chatting to an unknown guest for hours, a group of customers of the restaurant who stopped by thinking it was regular restaurant were mesmerized by the idea of Karma Kitchen and stayed to give it a try, and the restaurant staff who were impressed by the volunteer's kindness... all of these have made a little difference and keep Karma Kitchen DC spread the SMILES :)  

A Perfect Mothers Day Gift

May 25, 2012, 3 comments, 7 smiles It was the Mother’s Day Sunday. My wife and I were debating how to spend our afternoon. I told her whatever we decide to do later, first We have to stop to greet these Ekatva Kids who will be arriving in DC soon and I want our daughter to hand flower to each of those kids. She agreed and we went to the hotel to receive them. By the time we got there, they had already arrived and they were in their rooms refreshing themselves from the long travel before the lunch. As soon as they came down, our two year old got so excited to see all those kids and immediately started running, jumping, and hugging them around. She enjoyed and had such a smiling gesture while giving flower to each of them. Each one of them symbolizes this blooming flower bud who is going to spread the fragrance of ... Read Full Story

Super Soul Saturday DC: The Currency Of Love

Mar 09, 2012, 6 comments Linda Commito, in Love is the New Currency: Creating a New Measure of Wealth, writes that we are not alone.  “We're united in a way that has nothing to do with the blood that runs through our veins, but rather the life energy that is within each of us… Why does it take a crisis or a natural disaster to remind us of the oneness of which we are all a part? ...We create a currency of love when we consciously cultivate that feeling of belonging every day.”   On Saturday, March 3, about 25 of us from the greater Washington, DC area, as well as New York City and Boston reminded each other of our interconnectedness, our oneness.  By co-creating a vulnerable space where we were able to listen to and express our hearts, verses of poetry danced through the room like notes from a flute, tears of love and acceptance made us feel like ... Read Full Story

The Art Of Planting Seeds

Mar 04, 2012, 2 comments Last week after our Wednesday meditation at BloomBars we experienced the collective joy of celebrating John Chambers’ birthday, which passed on February 26th.             John is the chief gardener of BloomBars and it’s because of BloomBars that we have been able to hold a space every Wednesday for meditation and reflection.  As a special gift of gratitude, we decided to gather wish cards for John from the Wednesdays and Service Space groups in DC, New York, and San Francisco. Wishes were expressed from his long time friends, friends he just met, and the wider circle of friends he has yet to meet. As we all opened our eyes after the hour of silence, there was a surprise vegan cake sitting in the center of the circle. The best part was seeing John’s surprise! We were all eager to hear more about John’s journey after the Wednesday reading. At first the Wednesday ... Read Full Story

A Raven's Prayer

Nov 21, 2011, 3 comments, 1 smiles I got a call from Dalchinni this morning, saying that there is a parcel in name of KarmaKitchen. I was hesitant to walk there from work since it was so cold. But I decided to go anyway. It was really cold but as soon as I opened the package, my heart and soul warmed up right away! Here are the contents of that package ...