Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin
The most incredible thing about the performance is that all the dancers are deaf. They are members of the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. None of them can hear the music - this makes their choreography a truly amazing achievement. The difficulties and challenges they encountered in training are beyond imagining.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

The ultimate message of this performance can be summed up in the following words from Zhang Jigang, the choreographer who put it all together:

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Mattie J. T. Stepanek


"Remember to play after every storm." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Former President Jimmy Carter delivered this eulogy at Mattie's funeral service held June 28, 2004.

About Me

My photo
Chapter 1: Sold Flowers on a Street Corner, Chapter 2: Secretary, Chapter 3: Antique Toy Store Owner, Chapter 4: Truck Driver, Chapter 5: Worked at Deaf Center, Chapter 6: Anne's Mom, Chapter 7: Currently Work for Screen Print Label Company, Chapter 8: Aquabats Cadet #120171, Chapter 9: Activist, Chapter 10: New Hybrid Car Owner (So Anne Can Help Save The Penguins)
The above photo was taken with Jake of The Casualties who sets the standards high for the way people should be. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe Jake. He's like a really good cereal, a balanced mix of everything needed for complete nutrition.

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Events at the The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046

UPCOMING EVENT JULY 10TH: BONHOEFFER

UPCOMING EVENT JULY 10TH:  BONHOEFFER
BONHOEFFER at Mother Teresa Hall of Dioscesan Migrant & Refugee Services 2400 E. Yandell Dr. El Paso, TX July 10th at 3:00pm. For more information, see the full post above.

UPCOMING EVENT AUGUST 20TH: MARY PICKFORD: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES

UPCOMING EVENT AUGUST 20TH:  MARY PICKFORD: THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES
Mary Pickford: The Muse Of The Movies at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 August 20th at 1:30pm ONLY. MVFS is pleased to host the director, Nicholas Eliopoulos, who will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions.

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 9TH - 15TH: THE TREE OF LIFE

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 9TH - 15TH:  THE TREE OF LIFE
The Tree Of Life at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 September 9th - 15th.

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 16TH - 22ND: THE TRIP

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 16TH - 22ND:  THE TRIP
The Trip at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 September 16th - 22nd.

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 23RD - 29TH: BEGINNERS

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 23RD - 29TH:  BEGINNERS
Beginners at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 September 23rd - 29th.

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 6TH: THE NAMES OF LOVE

UPCOMING EVENT SEPTEMBER 30TH - OCTOBER 6TH:  THE NAMES OF LOVE
The Names of Love at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 September 30th - October 6th.

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 7TH - 13TH: THE HEDGEHOG

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 7TH - 13TH:  THE HEDGEHOG
The Hedgehog at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 October 7th - 13th.

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 14TH - 20TH: ANITA

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 14TH - 20TH:  ANITA
Anita at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 October 14th - 20th.

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 21ST - 27TH: LIFE, ABOVE ALL

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 21ST - 27TH:  LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Life, Above All at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 October 21st - 27th.

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 28TH - NOVEMBER 3RD: NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

UPCOMING EVENT OCTOBER 28TH - NOVEMBER 3RD:  NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT
Nostalgia For The Light at The Fountain Theatre 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, NM 88046 October 28th - November 3rd.