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Maxine Hong Kingston & Gary Gach: Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
Hillside Club
Berkeley, CA
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Maxine Hong Kingston & Gary Gach: Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents

Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
Hosted by Kris Welch

November 8, Thursday, 7:30 pm
The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Tickets: $12  brownpapertickets.com, Pegasus Books (3 stores), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloways, Books Inc Berkeley),
$15 door, Benefits KPFA Radio, Info: kpfa.org/events  

Pausebreathe smile   Three small words each containing a universe of wisdom. With these words we are invited to bring the practice of mindfulness into every moment of our lives. This handbook by Gary Gach supports the cultivation of awareness, compassion and joy. The awakening of mindfulness will be discussed by Gary and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Maxine Hong Kingston, daughter of Chinese immigrants, is a poet, memoirist, and fiction writer who was born in Stockton, California, and educated at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley. She is the author of the book-length poem I Love a Broad Margin to My Life (2011).  Her numerous nonfiction books include The Fifth Book of Peace (2003), To Be the Poet (2002), National Book Awardwinner China Men (1980), and National Book Critics Circle Awardwinner The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976). She is also the author of the novel Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989). She edited the anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (2006), compiled from the work of participants in the therapeutic poetry workshops she has led for more than 500 veterans of war.
Her honors include the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the National Book Foundations Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Literary Awards, and the title Living Treasure of Hawaii. She is a professor emeritus at the University of CaliforniaBerkeley and lives in Oakland, California.

Writing for students of all levels, Gary Gach draws on 50-plus years of study and practice to present this elegant, accessible demonstration of three central aspects of mindful living. This simple process will water your own innate seeds of awakening to help you pave your own path to total fulfillment and peace.

A lovely offering of wisdom, practices, and kindness to help foster a mindful life and a compassionate heart  Jack Kornfield, author of No Time Like the Present

GARY GACH is a writer, mystic, and lifelong meditator who has engaged in many roles: actor, bookstore clerk, dishwasher, hospital administrator, office temp, stevedore, teacher and trypographer.  Lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008, he has authored eight previous books, including The Complete Idiots Guide to Buddhism.

Kris Welch is a veteran, very popular KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a devoted     grandmother.


Hillside Club (View)
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Literary

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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