Wisdom from Joan Baez… for all of us!

“Action is the antidote to despair. You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. – Joan Baez

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Your Nature is Seeing

Jean Klein (October 19, 1912 – February 22, 1998) was a French author, spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nonduality). He was also a musicologist.

The following revelation by Jean illuminates the “seeing” aspect of our essential nature:

“Is there effort required on this path?

Personally I find I have less and less energy to make an effort in any direction.

You can’t make an effort without tension. But why do you make an effort? Only because you’re looking for some result, for something outside yourself. Once you really know that what your looking for is your real nature, you lose the impetus to strive. So first, see how you are constantly making an effort. As soon as you are aware of this process, you are already outside it. And it may come as an original perception that you are really stillness.”

“But doesn’t even seeing this require some effort?

No. This seeing is your natural state. Just be aware that you don’t see. Become more aware that you constantly react. Seeing requires no effort because your nature is seeing, is being stillness. The moment you’re not looking for a result, not looking to criticize, to evaluate or conclude, just looking, then you can percieve this reacting and you’re no longer an accomplice to it.”

And from Rumi…

Lo, I am with you always, means that when you look for God,
God is in the look of your eyes,
in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self,
or things that have happened to you
There’s no need to go outside.

Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.

A white flower grows in the quietness.
Let your tongue become that flower.

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Entertainment & Media Dharma

One of the projects the GATE team is working on is a daylong professional event called –

A Symposium on Entertainment and Media Dharma: Spiritual Perspectives on the Right Use of Entertainment and Media

This symposium will explore many questions and consider issues related to the role and responsibility of entertainment and media in facilitating personal, social and global transformation including:

• What is the highest and best use of entertainment and media?

• What is the role of entertainment and media content in the creation of one’s personal worldview?

• What is the possibility and potential for entertainment and media to facilitate healing and transformation?

• A special panel addressing Buddhist perspectives on the right use of entertainment and media.

• A panel will also discuss “the power of transformative storytelling.”

We will soon post a call for proposals in our website. Please refer to those guidelines if you would like to suggest a presentation. We don’t have a scheduled date yet, but will announce details here as they become available.

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Please Help Us Spread The Word About GATE 3!

Please download this GATE 3 “save-the-date” graphic and share it with you resonant friends and colleagues. We appreciate your help! Thanks!

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GATE 3 Tickets – On Sale In September! – Buy Early for Super Early Bird Discount!

GATE 2 attendees networking in the Saban lobby.

Were you one of the 2,400 people who attended GATE 2? If so, you know it was a mega-special event! Attendees were treated to a day and evening long non-stop lineup of remarkable presenters and performers (see event program here: http://gatecommunity.org/GATE-Program.pdf).

GATE 3 and the GATE Transformational Story Conference 2013 will return to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013.

Tickets go on sale in September and will be available exclusively through the Saban box office. A Super Early Bird discount will be offered. Ticket pricing and other event details will be posted here as they become available. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit GATE.

The programs for GATE 3 and GATE Transformational Story Conference 2013 will be announced in mid-October.

Buy your tickets early as this event will sell out!

Sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Wendy Newman at wendy@gatecommunity.org.

To volunteer: please contact Marta Mobley at marta@gatecommunity.org.

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H.H. The Dalai Lama: Message To Inaugural GATE Event Attendees

Following is the message sent by H.H. to the audience attending the inaugural GATE event at Fox Studios:

“While His Holiness the Dalai Lama cannot be with us this evening, he sends his regards.”

As His Holiness has said, “The cultivation of compassion is not a luxury but a necessity if we are to survive as a species”.

He recognizes that globalization has strengthened the realization that what happens in even a very distant part of the world can have a profound impact on another. We are indeed one. In this awareness, His Holiness says:

“The media and entertainment community are part of this globalization and in many parts of the world it is looked to to define who one is or wishes to be.

With such power comes responsibility. This (GATE) event this evening acknowledges not only our common humanity and connectedness but also the power that is wielded by each one of you.

As such, a commitment and focus of your immense talents and creative abilities toward having a positive impact by promoting kindness, love and compassion has the ability to be transformative.”

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Lindsay Doran Examines What Makes Films Satisfying – NYTimes.com

More support for the transformational genre!

Lindsay Doran Examines What Makes Films Satisfying – NYTimes.com

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Morgan Spurlock’s List of 50 Docs To See Before You Die

Morgan Spurlock and Current TV listed some of the most influential documentaries of the last 25 years in the TV special “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die.”


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Bucky’s Sage Advice Expressed In This Quote Inspires Us

“You never change things by fighting existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

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A Tale Of Two Cities: Silicon Valley And Hollywood

GATE supporter Daniel Barre shared this story with us…


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