Friday, November 6, 2009

The Things That Go on in My Living Room

Do not take lightly small good deeds, believing they can hardly help; For drops of water, one by one, in time can fill a giant ocean. -Buddha

My living room has become a meeting place for good things. It's hard to believe, given the size of the place, but it's true.

On December 6th, a Tibetan Rinpoche, who is recognized by the Dalai Lama, will come to my living room to give a talk on happiness and compassion. Here's some information about the Rinpoche:

How did this come about, you ask?...
Well, on Fridays, I usually spend time with my husband, but he informed me today that he planned to hang out with the Tibetan Rinpoche he met in the Seattle Public Library a little over a year ago.

They were both reading books in the same section of the library. That's no surprise to me because I'm sure they have similar interests. The Rinpoche knew right away that my husband used to be a monk. Later, they decided to go on a walk around Greenlake and then to Starbucks for a hot cocoa. The Rinpoche even gave my husband a name-'yoga bliss'.

Today, my husband disappeared for hours and came back beaming. In his hand he held a very colorful and large tanka from Tibet of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisatvva of Compassion. It was given to him by the Rinpoche. As soon as he returned home from his afternoon with the Rinpoche, he hung it on our wall.

My husband and the Rinpoche went to a Chinese resaurant for lunch and spoke for many hours about how to help people develop happiness and compassion in daily life. The Rinpoche usually resides in Asia, so it's difficult for him to connect with many people here in the states. My husband asked him to give a lecture in our living room to his yoga students and anyone else who is interested. The Rinpoche agreed to give a talk in our living room in early December on the subject of compassion and happiness. So, we have a plan to have him come stay in our house for a few days.

Our house is a small two-bedroom bungalow in North Seattle.

When I tell people about all the events we've had here, they seem surprised. But somehow, it always works!

The day before halloween, we hosted a halloween party in our living room. Over 30 people attended and we had a live jazz band. This is the third time we've had live music.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my husband teaches yoga classes in our living room. Anywhere from 8-10 people usually join. His classes are popular, so some people call ahead and reserve a space.

Every other Monday, my writing group comes to my house. This Monday we are doing an art collage. I'm excited about that.

We had to move some of our furniture into the garage because of all the happenings taking place, but it's worth it. The energy in my living room is so great thanks to all the people who have shared their writing and art, danced, practiced yoga, and meditated here. Every drop counts and when we all come together, that's alot of drops!

(All the pictures in this post are from my house and garden in Seattle. We still have Dahlias blooming and it's November!)


  1. Glad you wrote this post! I am so inspired by your living room story - it is amazing and I can just imagine the good energy that must be in there.
    Wish I lived in the hood!

  2. Hi Sharni,
    You inspired me to write this story when you commented, "The things that go on in your living room!" on my status. Wish you lived in my hood, too!It would be so fun! Your hood also looks intriguing and it's so different than what I see everyday. I love your photos on your site.

    Peace to you, Kathy

  3. Dear Kathy,
    I stumbled across your blog via a friend living in Istanbul who posted something about it on Twitter. Have you seen the films of the Korean Kim Ki-Duk? They're amazing, and some themes related to Buddhism. See his Wiki page (can't paste it here). I also happen to be a writer in Seattle and have written about Tibetan Buddhism in my novel ARIA.
    All best, Nassim (

  4. Hi Nassim,
    That's great that you are also a writer in Seattle and have written about Tibetan Buddhism in your novel. I will check out your webpage.

    Take care,

  5. I would love to be in your living room. I could feel the energy just reading. One day perhaps this could occur. I love your writing~

  6. Thanks so much for the very kind note Lillie!!! It's always a pleasure reading your blog. If you happen to be in Seattle on Dec. 6th, you are welcome to join the living room event!