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Feb 20, 2019 Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting an Awakin Call with Alan Wallace. A call with a record number of RSVPs and truly vibrant engagement from our listeners. After dropping out from university in 1971 and immersing himself for 14 years in Buddhist studies with some of his generation’s greatest lamas, Alan Wallace became a Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama, for whom he also served as translator. He began then to integrate the Western perspectives of his first 20 years with his 14 years of Buddhist studies. He graduated summa cum laude in physics from Amherst College and then got a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford. He is a prominent and important voice in the discussion between Buddhist thinkers and scientists who question the materialist presumptions of 20th-century paradigms. He has written and translated more than 40 books and founded the Centers for Contemplative Research ... Read Full Story
Feb 20, 2019, 1 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Parker Palmer: Healing Our Divided Selves And Divided WorldReflection questions: Our guest this week has built extensive communities of practice founded on the premise of "no fixing, saving or advising" others -- and simply being present and listening deeply to others' expressions of their emerging truth. How have presence and deep listening, rather than advice, helped support healing of yourself or others?
Feb 13, 2019, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Alan Wallace: Fathoming The Mind And Nature Of ConsciousnessReflection questions: Our guest this week describes a seemingly chance encounter while hitchhiking as a "coincidence" that was so "stupid" that it was so much more -- it was his wake-up call. What is a seemingly "stupid coincidence" that has served as a bell of awakening in your life?
Sep 25, 2018, 2 comments, 14 smiles 47 Years Ago - On May 1, 1969 Fred Rogers Addressed Congress "In 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being cut. Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore, unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers' 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore's demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks." One of the best televised examples ever of the power of soul-force and a heart that is moved by love.
Sep 22, 2018, 4 comments, 10 smiles This Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Phuoc Le. Dr. Phuoc Le is an advocate for equitable healthcare worldwide. He is a physician and co-founder of the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) Initiative, which trains front-line health professionals to build a community dedicated to serving the underserved. With a name meaning “blessing” or “good fortune” in both Vietnamese and Chinese, Phuoc was born in Vietnam at the end of the war and fled at age 5 with his family by boat -- narrowly escaping death at sea. Now a highly educated and trained physician, Phuoc has worked with Dr. Paul Farmer and Partners in Health to provide healthcare to the world's poor in their homes and communities, including in Africa and post-earthquake Haiti. “For the vast majority of people, it doesn’t turn out the way it did for me,” he says. “As much as I’ve been ... Read Full Story
Sep 19, 2018, 1 comments, 4 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Phuoc Le: HEAL-ing Others And Paying Forward The BlessingsReflection questions: Our guest this week, who himself was a victim of health disparities as a child, has devoted his remarkable professional life to addressing the global humanitarian crisis of health disparities among underserved populations. How has an experience of hardship or suffering for you helped to provide focus, clarity and purpose in your life?
Jul 16, 2018, 2 comments, 8 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Sheryl Davis. Sheryl Evans Davis, Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, has provided life-changing public service and advocacy for almost thirty years. In her current public role, she continues her untiring work towards increasing access, opportunity and equity for vulnerable populations. Whether volunteering to teach low-income students when she was a teacher at a more affluent school nearby, or spearheading a collaborative partnership of organizations to address community issues in underserved neighborhoods, Sheryl has acted on her core belief that we all have the power to help...it's about "being a human bridge, making that meaningful connection, and changing someone's life, sometimes just by seeing them." Davis learned early on from her mother that you can't change others; "the only person you have control over is you. So... figure out what you can do that can help ... Read Full Story
Jul 11, 2018, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Sheryl Davis: A Human Bridge For Opportunity And JusticeReflection questions: Do you recall witnessing or experiencing an injustice that moved you to action? How did your willingness to simply "see" others enable you to become a human bridge for opportunity, access and justice?
Jun 18, 2018, 2 comments, 11 smiles Last Saturday, we had the privilege of hosting Awakin Call with Milan Rai. Milan Rai is a self-taught Nepalese contemporary visual artist whose work is grounded in a personal response to the world around him. A moment of serendipity set him on his path. Inspired by a butterfly that alighted on his paintbrush in the middle of a challenging project in 2013, Milan began cutting out simple white butterfly shapes from paper and thoughtfully arranging and affixing them to trees, bridge pillars, walls, and dilapidated buildings in his hometown of Kathmandu -- aiming to make art accessible to everyone and not to limit it within the walls of galleries. His signature work, the White Butterfly, has invited interaction in more than 40 different countries across the globe. “What truly inspires me is the unfathomable depth of creative resurrection and metamorphosis that human beings are capable of...My handmade cutouts of white butterflies ... Read Full Story
Jun 13, 2018, 2 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'Milan Rai: The Butterfly Effect Of ArtReflection questions: A butterfly landing on his paintbrush changed the trajectory of our guest's life. Have you ever experienced a moment of serendipity or inexplicable beauty that has left a special impact on your own heart and mind? How does your creative spirit express itself in the world?