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practical spirituality ⁂  cultural work


practical spirituality

What Is Nirvana ?   [ 2:10 ]   July 16, 2015   San Francisco
Videographer: Adam Tebbe, Zen in America 

Beginning 2018, I fell into various conversations in conjunction with the publication of  Pause  •  Breathe  •  Smile  – archived here .

Full Awareness of Breathing  [ 50:06 ]  February 14, 2017  Berkeley
Haas Business School student-run course on meditation
Recording:  Chuck Huggins

Introduction to Buddhism  [ 1:47:15 ]  April 28, 2011   Sydney NSW
Talk offered to a hundred high school students at Centre for Ethics, Newington College, co-sponsored by Dialogue Australasia    Recording: G G

Buddhist Wisdom in Uncertain Times   [ 58:02 ] July 28, 2009 Book Passage Corte Madera. Videography & titles by FORA.tv

Ancient wisdom traditions have deep resonance in these uncertain times — not that there’s more suffering than ever before but that more people are aware of suffering. Now that humans are capable of relieving needless suffering, we’re discovering our positive potentials for great happiness and innate goodness. (Have you heard the saying? “Train your mind and change your brain!”) Might you already be a bit Buddhist, and not yet realize it?

MINDFULNESS :  Full Awareness of Brea=thing  
Presented at DealPath

MINDFULNESS : Full Awareness of Breathing  [  47:50  ]  May 7, 2016  Corte Madera
Opening for Sustainatopia

Seated in a large circle, attendees introduced themselves . Gary Gach then offered the circle a session of mindfulness. Recording begins mid-sentence ; the speaker has to talk over an air-conditioner which provides a drone throughout .:.  Recording by:  G G

cultural work

PEACE FOR PRESIDENT POEM 2020: A Hug (from The Book of Hugs) [12:00] [ Video forthcoming]
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, in association with the Academy of American Poets and Bird and Beckett Books, presents Fire Thieves.
The Fire Thieves is a monthly intergenerational poetry series culminating with The Fire Thieves Anthology. Each reading features 2 Elders, 2 Middle Age and 2 Youth poets performing featured sets of work at a different landmark in San Francisco each month.
The Seventh Edition was held at Bird & Beckett bookshop, January 29th with Joyce Jenkins,  Judyth Ann Bernhard, Val Ibarra, Milena Garrone, me, and other, sharing our meditations on the subject of Peace.

Buddhism & Haiku?  [21:47] •  I was invited to take part in an event entitled Buddhist Performance? What’s That? as part of  MAPP | Mission Arts Performance Project.  Held at SF Dharma Collective, it featured Karl Young, shakuhachi; Kim Sugioka, poet & singer; Jerry Ferraz, poet & guitarist; Kitty Costello, the organizer of the event, leading Buddhist chants; and myself. I was asked to present haiku, and also answer “How are haiku Buddhist?”
Videography : Noam Szoke
Inaugural Reading of Ko Un’s Flowers of a Moment  [ 25:55 ]   2009  Berkeley
Sharing an evening at Moe’s Books with poet George Albon, upon the publication of Flowers of a Moment by Ko Un, translated by Young Moo Kim, Brother Anthony of Taizé, & GG
Audio recording: Owen Hill.
by Li Bai (李白, Rihaku) Tang dynasty
Quatrain (jueju, 絕句, 绝句) ‘made new’ by CH Kwock & GG Gach. Published in Rattle #36, Tribute to Buddhist Poets
Recorded March 21, 2014, G G
All Ways  [ 0:44 ]
brief fragment from All Ways, by GG : published in Rattle #36, Tribute to Buddhist Poets
Recorded March 21, 2014, G G
Springtime in Loyang  [ 00:32 ] 
by Bó Jūyì (Po Chü-i, 白居易) Tang dynasty
Quatrain (jueju, 絕句, 绝句) ‘made new’ by CH Kwock & GG Gach. Published inRattle#36, Tribute to Buddhist Poets
Recorded March 21, 2014, G G
Public talk presented 7PM  at Nalanda West, Seattle, Washington, prior to a haiku workshop there the next day. To paraphrase from the introduction: This talk explores bringing our creative expression to the Path, to learn some of the profound and ancient history and practices of using language to deepen our experience of our lives, and our minds, and to make the world a more compassionate place.
Mindfulness & the Way of Haiku   [  1:10:24 ] October 13, 2014  Santa Cruz
Inter View : Gary Gach & Mark Gonnerman Autumn Seminar, Sofia University, Presentation Center, Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos, California Evening keynote followed the next day by ginko ( haiku nature walk ) 10AM to 3PM
Beyond Mindfulness : : Poetry from What Book!?  [ 10:13 ]Dharma College,  August 4, 2015

Upon sudden notice, Gary Gach opened the packed Beyond Mindfulness panel at Dharma College, an event held as part of the first Bay Area Book Festival, & which also formed an extramural capper to the Mindfulness & Compassion conference at SFSU — — reading mostly from his anthology What Book!? :   Pledge & Just Made It by Lawson Fusao Inada; Enough by David Whyte; ” Robert Frost & I … “  by Ngodup Paljor; Love After Love by Derek Walcott; Check Up by Patricia Donegan; and, by this time realizing he’s actually on stage without prior notice, getting a little nervous as he read Ring of Bone by Lew Welch.

Bennett Buchanan, videographer.

Additional: poetry segments within the Bob Thurman Podcast, since August 2018. 

OBG [Oldie But Goodie]
Host: Steward Cheifet

 The advent of the computer and the internet provided a totally new platform for story telling. This program looks at a new paradigm for novelists using interactive technology. Demonstrations include writers.net, hooked.net, thetherapist.com, writers.com, and the Alsop Review. Also features collaborative fiction and cyber comics. Guests include Gary Gach, Chris Werby, Mark Dahlby, and Jaimes Alsop.