Recently Bela Shah and Audrey Lin visited the monastery to interview me about life and the price of tea in Taiwan. Richard Whittaker was gracious enough to publish the conversation in his excellent journal, "Works and Conversations." (Issue #29). You can read the results here.
It's two days after Veteran's Day, but seeing this photo, I wanted to share my gratitude for the life of the late John C. Campbell, a former Green Beret, and the man who inspired me and many students like me, to study the Chinese language and culture. He bridged East and West, so that we could expand the capacity of our minds. My studies with him led to my encounter with Buddhism. I gave a Dharma-talk this Tuesday at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and I took the opportunity to thank Mr. Campbell for his service and his gifts to generations to come. My comments on Mr. Campbell begin at 2:00
It's time again for Tea & Dharma at Teance Tea Shop! Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 we will gather at Teance, on 4th Street in Berkeley, at 7:30 PM, to share stories of heroes. The topic will be:
"Heroes: Who Do You Admire and Why?" And "American Anti-heroes: Our Love of Individual Expression."
Come join a discussion about what makes a person heroic and bring a story to share about who inspired (s) you to want to be like them?
Alternately come to share a story of anti-heroes, and how our culture idolizes outlaws, free spirits who bend the rules to order to win.
Calgarians, you're invited to come try the cuisine at Ambrosia Veggie Restaurant Downtown, West End (1009 - 4th Avenue S.W. Calgary Alberta T2P 0K8 | Phone 587-350-8848), Discover how tasty plant-based fare can be!
Buddhists love to share their recipes and where to find the best ingredients; further, vegetarians/vegans are some of Canada's longest-lived citizens. The community of Avatamsaka Monastery just celebrated their grand opening and hope you'll give our new restaurant a try!
Teance Tea and Dharma Gathering September 30, 2014
Listening to Stories: How We Find Ourselves In Time and Space. Stories are maps of our lives: they point out who we are, where we’ve been and they can show us the way we’re going. Stories have much to teach individuals and as members of the human race. Learning to listen to stories is a skill that brings our relationships to life around us.
Come to Teance Tea Shop on 4th Street in Berkeley at 7:30 Tuesday night to listen and to tell stories that just might open doors to a better understanding of the world and our place in it.
I'll be camping out in the Oregon Coastal Mountains until July 12th, beyond the reach of the internet and cell phones, taking part in our annual Berkeley Monastery Community Retreat. So I won't be posting til I return. I'll be back with stories and photos next week!
Yesterday marked the Summer Solstice,the longest day of the year, and the beginning of the astrological sign Cancer. Tuesday night, June 24th, 2014, at 7:30 PM at Teance Tea Shop on 4th Street in Berkeley, we will convene our long-running Tea & Dharma gathering. Tomorrow's topic will be "Stories and Songs Of the Summertime." Please come with a favorite story to share from your own childhood (or adulthood) that involves the summer time.
When did you last have that "endless summer" feeling,with its infinite innocence and infinite possibilities? Did summer mean family vacations? A birthday (for you Leos and Cancerians and Virgos!) Did it mean family trips to the lake or road trips around the country? Did it mean summer jobs or summer schools? Do you have a memory of lazy days and hazy nights on the dock under the stars or perhaps a ritual of passage that marked a sudden awareness of time passing; a time that marked transition from childhood to maturity?
Please join us to share a story about your appreciation of summer: a flavor, a family custom, a relationship, a journey. There will be songs, (oh those summer songs!) puppets, fantastic teas to sample and fellowship galore!