Wednesday, April 29, 2009

His Holiness at Berkeley!

By Cathy Cockrell, NewsCenter 27 April 2009
Berkeley undergraduates were there in force — many having braved an overnight line to secure a ticket, back in early March; a large contingent hailed from the campus's Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies. Among them=2 0was fourth-year student Rachel Bramwell and fellow urban-studies major Matt Pruter. Both have done fieldwork in the developing world (she in Nairobi, he in Mumbai) as part of their studies on global poverty. "I'm here for him to tell us to become global citizens in the world," Pruter said of the Dalai Lama.
His Holiness did not disappoint. Sitting cross-legged in an armchair on the proscenium, beneath strings of fluttering Tibetan prayer flags, the 73-year-old monk called for conscious development of our human capacity for compassion. "Peace does not equal absence of problems," he said. Peace is when, despite "disagreement and the possibility for open conflict," people exercise restraint and will power to "seek ways to solve it" without coming to blows.
While the Dalai Lama touched on Buddhist understandings of reality, on animal behavior, and the mind-body connection, his signature humility and comic timing were in play, in spontaneous asides on his childhood aversion to caterpillars and his difficulty finding the right words in English. ("As I become older, my English becomes older," he declared.) One visitor, Associate Professor of Public Policy Jane Mauldon, described His Holiness as "extraordinarily available, disarmingly human, and very intimate."
It was the Dalai Lama's second appearance at the Greek Theatre, his third at UC Berkeley (he visited in 1997 and 1994). He was introduced by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and by actress Sharon Stone, a board member of the A American Himalayan Foundation, which co-sponsored the event with the Blum Center.
Prior to the talk and in the presence of the Dalai Lama, Birgeneau presented Blum, a Cal alum and chair of the UC Board of Regents, with the campus's highest award, the Berkeley Medal, in honor of his contributions to the campus and the university. The chancellor noted that he had bestowed a Berkeley Medal just two days before, on former vice president Al Gore, during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Blum Center's new headquarters. Blum, an investment banker and husband to Senator Dianne Feinstein, established the Center for Developing Economies in 2006 with a $15 million gift.
In accepting the Berkeley Medal, Blum called the day "a merger of the two things I care most about: UC and the Tibetan people and their plight."
Only a month ago, on the 50th anniversary of China's crackdown on Tibet, the Dalai Lama sharply criticized the People's Republic of China, saying its leaders had turned Tibet into a "hell on Earth" for the Tibetan people. It was Blum — who became interested in the Tibetan cause in the 1960s and founded the American Himalayan Foundation — who uttered the only strongly worded criticism of the Chinese government at the Greek. "If they want to become a great nation, " he said, they "also need to become a moral nation. What goes on in Tibet is just immoral."
The Dalai Lama ended his 2009 appearance at Berkeley on a high note — pulling from his cloth bag a blue and gold Cal visor, and donning it as the crowd sent him out with a final standing ovation.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Regina and the children of Karunya Mane~

Regina a performance artist with several of her own CDs, has started chanting with the children on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons during their school break. She plans to produce another CD with a few recordings of the children of Karunya Mane!

She is a friend of mine and my husband and I spent some time with her this year while we were in Mysore. I will be one of the first people in line to purchase this CD when it debuts! As I have a few of her other ones and they are beautiful.

Jai Ram!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Janies Garden....and the Gift

What a week it has been...

and it went by in a flurry, a whirlwind...and it was so much Fun! I was blessed to be given some beautiful, Amazing plants from my dear friend of 8 years in Marin..her name is Janie...and her spirit is one of the youngest I have yet to meet in this lifetime!
we met while living in Larkspur..and became fast friends..lifetime friends. Those types of friendships are rare..it's quite special. Janie wanted to give us her plants, really her "children" because she cared for them as if they were. It shows. They are thriving and will continue to do so in my new backyard...with love.
Janie gave us another gift..before we left her home on Tuesday...it was something that meant a lot to her. She has had it for a very long time and used it to put peoples names in that she would pray for. It holds a very special vibration and it is now in front of our alter..or rather "one" of our alters in our Yoga/Healing room in our new home. It is a Tibetan Bowl..and no words need be spoken when you see it..this is the bowl in Janie's home before we left.
and where it now stays...

how Blessed we are. Love you Janie!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The End...or is it really just The Begining...

this is the rig my studman drove for UPS...20 years

scary to even imagine getting behind of wheel of this thing, but he drove it like it was nothin'!

and now the REAL Fun begins!!!

Thanks for the memories UPS~

Saturday, April 4, 2009

same, same or different??

Today a woman who lives down the street came over to our yard sale...

and she ended up staying for 4 hours. She is a Joy to be around, we so loved her company...but she told my husband before she left, that she has never seen two people, like us, who are "such Magnets". She said that she has noticed something in us since our recent return from India...now remember, this woman is 65 years young...but the way she says it is like this...

"You and Ray have this amazing karma surrounding you...something has changed...everything flows so well for the two of you...if I go to India, will my life be like yours?"

She is such a funny, sweet person. So genuine, so real. Shoots straight from the hip this gal...but how do you answer a question like that? I had to laugh and tell her, that perhaps when we sat in the cave with Swamiji...something happened that changed us. But in all honesty, we are just the same as we have always been..it comes from within..it's not something you can "get" by going somewhere or sitting with some one, although it can't hurt by any means!!