Saturday, October 29, 2005

Honoring Josh

Mon, 7 Jun 2004

The Memorial was beautiful. Everyone helped out in organizing, the turnout
was great, and it truly showed the impact Joshua has on people, for only 3
years in Toronto, he had a great room filled with people who felt love for
him, and will always remember him as the kind hearted, beautiful person
that he was.

It was indeed video taped. Your family will be receiving a copy. It was
held at the U of Toronto Hart House, a great setting to be sure.
Several people got up and talked, there was some laughter in remembering
stories of your brother, and there were tears.
The Opera singer of the University graced the memorial with her voice, in
singing "Wishing you were somehow here again" from the Phantom of the
Opera, as the screen played a slide presentation of pictures we all submitted.

For me personally, the memorial helped me accept what happened. It made
me accept that I won't be picking up Joshua at the airport on June 20th,
nor will he be spending the summer living with us, and do all the fun
things we were to the same time, however, it once again made
me realise how lucky I am for having known him, and how special he truly is
to so many people.

I'm sure arrangements will shortly be made to have the video sent. I hope
you and your family are well, and that you enjoy your last days in Minnesota, before embarking on another adventure.
Billy :-)
I just got your emails and was so sad to hear the news about Joshua. From your description he sounded such a very special person. What a terrible shock - I cannot imagine. How are you doing? And your family?

The ceremony you did sounded beautiful. I shall make an offering on the wild tors of Dartmoor on Friday, and hope that his spirit is flying free. My friend taught me the Tibetan passing over chant, om ah hung, which I seem to be using often these days. For the first time in my life, I know many people who have just died or are dying... It reminds me to wake up and live and love life fully - such a brief moment we have here.

I shall send you my love and thoughts, and hope that you have lots of love and friends around you.
My friend:

Glenn and I released 33 bouganvillea and hibiscus blossoms into the South Ocean at sunset last evening, and chanted the metta prayer. We will continue actions and thoughts to support Joshua's transition. Big hug...

Love, Barb
Sending you and your family all the metta and peace you can handle...
May spending the time together bring joy in the memories and healing to your hearts.
May you enjoy your trip - in spite of the bittersweetness of it... Josh will be enjoying it with you...

You are all on my mind, in my thoughts & prayers...
Warmest Aloha,
At the School for International Understanding’s (SIT) graduation, which was held on Saturday, 29th May, the group convened for the graduation observed a time of silence in honor of Josh and all that he stands for in terms of being of service to the purpose of international understanding.-- Marti Anderson

Reflecting in a churchside park along the Moufftard Saturday Market, a street with a collection of stalls selling fresh cheese and breads, fruits stands, crepe stalls and muscians playing Simon and Grafunkel's classic tunes. Young kids chase pigeons as the sun moves in and out of the clouds. The stately buildings and beautiful flowers in the garden provide a cove of comfort after the trials and intensity of Yerevan and our unplanned night in Moscow with the highlite of being served in our Novotel secured room by the fullsize Russian gal with big, buffie hair and bright pink lipstick. It seemed like a scene from another world and it was...much like most of this journey, full of the unexpected and the surreal. The sojourn screams of Joshua; his presence is everywhere from the scenes of his life and death to some of his friends we met ( sweet Miguel, warmhearted Maud and Tim, among others), his colleagues ( including passionate Gayana and Hasmik, two of the Armenian women we met with endless affection for Joshua and hospitality and support for us) to his students at the university who hung on every word when Mom, John and i met with them and shared stories from Josh's life, his passion for discovery and mission of working for a better world. I reminded the students that they were the sacred final group who had the priceless opportunity to learn with Josh and encouraged them to keep Josh's vision, energy and love of life alive in their own lives and dispense it generously on our planet in need of his gentleness, compassion and love. Tomorow, when i leave room 33 from my hotel, I will go to the evesong at Notre Dame and light three candles; one for beloved Joshua, one for all of us and one for the possibility of peace and the kids chasing the pigeons in the park...

That is so special that you met with the Tibetan monks in Barcelona and shared with them about Joshua. Joshua is being blessed by many Gods worldwide. It seems that your meeting with the monks was auspicious... about 49 days since Joshua's passing... bardo.
Enjoy your travels.

Subject: Kalacharka Mandala
Sent: Sunday, July 4, 2004 12:29 AM
Tashi Delay from Barcelona !

Tashi Delay is a Tibetan greeting I learned while teaching English to Tibetan monks and nuns in Dharamsala, India in 1990. Yesterday, July 3, I learned that some Tibetan monks from Namgyal Monastery in Dhararamsala are currently here in Barcelona constructing the world's largest Kalacharka Mandala. This mandala transforms individual grains of sand into a immense circle of peace, love and compassion based on intricate Tibetan spiritual symbols illustrating the cycles of life, from birth to death to impermance and liberation. The group of monks lead by Yeshi Monlam are here in Barcelona creating this powerful symbol to send a vision of peace to our planet from the ancient wisdom of Tibetan dharma teachings. The mandala will be completed on July 15th and then there will be a completion ritual whereby the whole mandala is dismantled and all the sand offered to the sea, illustrating the temporary state of all existence. I had a chance to talk with Yeshi and the monks about Joshua and share photos and stories including pic on my digital camera of Josh with the monks he was teaching in Shimla, India in 1993. Yeshi and the monks feeling deep compassion for Joshua have offered to include Josh in their daily prayers and chants and then when they return to Dharamsala, India after the completion and dismantling of the Kalachakra Mandala will offer a 'puja' or Tibetan prayer ritual led by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Peace from Barcelona


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