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Article On ServiceSpace Visit, In Chinese :)

May 05, 2016, 1 comments, 11 smiles Few months ago, a group of 40 ServiceSpace friends visited City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. It was a memorable trip, which led to many insights and ripples and more.  The Girl's School still talks about the visit.   One of the ripples was an article on the back page of DRBA's international magazine (below) -- in Chinese and English.  One correction is that it is actually Guri who was appointed to the board of DRBU university.  I'm so excited that two significant spheres of my life are coming together in beautiful ways!  

Sewing Seeds, One Heart At A Time

Jan 18, 2016, 2 comments, 17 smiles Latest project from our junior high students at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB) is... sewing heart pins! Inspired by the heart and smile pins made by women in India, a group of our 7th and 8th grade students are sewing their own heart pins as part of their "Life Skills" class. Their first project is to sew 1000 pins by April, to share with children who visit for our annual Cherishing Youth Day. :) Over the last few months, it's been great to see so many ripples unfold amongst our students. In November, a crew of our high schoolers embarked on a 21-day Gratitude Challenge. Then, our girls' school celebrated Thanksgiving with a gratitude-themed Karma Kitchen in our dining hall! The junior high girls even created their own pack of gratitude cards, inspired by smile deck cards. :) Looking forward to seeing what unfolds next...!  

Dialogue With Master Heng Chih And Doug Powers

Nov 13, 2015, 3 comments, 10 smiles [Last month, we had many friends from the ServiceSpace community joined us at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. We ate together, we chanted together, we shared thoughts and learned from each other, brainstormed new ideas, and lot of possibilities emerged in a very effortless way. At one point during the dialogue, Master Heng Chih (a nun for 44 years!) spontaneously dropped into our dialogue with Doug Powers, and we all shared a powerful space.  Below is an excerpt.  Many thanks to Jason Tseng, for the bootleg recording.] Doug Powers: Welcome. Is this just serendipity or? Welcome. Master Heng Chih was the first nun under Master Hua. She has been a nun for a pretty long time. The reason we know each other from way back is because we were at Gold Mountain. She was there before I was but in 1973. We're very fortunate to have her here right now. Doug (to Heng Chih): ... Read Full Story

The Power Of Circles

Mar 07, 2015, 2 comments, 9 smiles "For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself From within, I couldn’t decide what to do Unable to see, I heard my name being called Then I walked outside. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you, Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want, Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the door sill, Where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open, Don’t go back to sleep." -Rumi I heard this poem for this first time last summer. A colleague shared this poem with me while we were in an intimate closing circle with our “family” at the end of a summer program on social-emotional learning for educators. Almost a year later, I was able to share the poem with another circle. Last week I had the privilege of guest speaking with a lovely bunch of students at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. While I have been ... Read Full Story

“Being Kind Isn’t Always Easy. Or ...

Sep 26, 2013, 9 smiles “Being kind isn’t always easy. Or convenient. But it has the potential to change everything.” -Cap Watkins

Great Visual Interpretation Of Gandhi's Wisdom ...

Sep 23, 2013, 1 comments, 6 smiles Great visual interpretation of Gandhi's wisdom :)

Three Lessons From My Kindness Challenge

Sep 10, 2013, 2 comments, 12 smiles Last summer I interned with ServiceSpace. Our first task as interns was to complete a 30-day kindness challenge - so for a whole month, we did different acts of kindness every day. And it made me realize that kindness can be found in every part of life. Kindness isn't a single, isolated event - it's a ripple. It is a noun, an adjective, and a verb all in one -- kindness can be a way of life.   I am extremely grateful because people have shown me kindness  throughout my entire life. Even strangers. While this is not the first nor last act of kindness I've experienced, there is one particular story that always stands out in my mind.  Back in high school, I was studying at Barnes & Noble on a Sunday afternoon. I was standing in line to pay for my lunch when I noticed the stranger ahead of me ... Read Full Story

A Talk In Los Angeles

Sep 07, 2013, 2 comments, 16 smiles This lovely Saturday afternoon, I gave a talk on kindness to 1000+ people in Los Angeles, with Nipun and Rev. Bonnie Rose.  I didn't even know I had it in me to do it.  Grateful and humbled that Nipun believed in me soooooo much. #bestmentorintheworld #buenapark #jainism #kindness #servicespace #wow     

Happy Monday :) ...

Aug 26, 2013, 12 smiles Happy Monday :)

Monday's Food For Thought :) ...

May 06, 2013, 1 comments, 13 smiles Monday's food for thought :)