CELEBRATION OF TIBET — Photo Exhibit, February 2013

The exhibit features author Jane Bay’s photographs illustrating her journeys to India, Nepal and Tibet, which are chronicled in her books, PRECIOUS JEWELS OF TIBET – A Journey to the Roof of the World, and LOVE & LOSS – A Story About Life, Death and Rebirth.

PRECIOUS JEWELS OF TIBET is about Jane’s travels with a monk from the Dalai Lama’s Monastery and her awakening to Tibetan Buddhism. She is also committed to working for freedom for the Tibetan people in their homeland.

During a trip to India, Jane met a thirteen year old girl named Namgyal Youdon. She became Namgyal’s sponsor with the intention of legally adopting her when she graduated from high school at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala.

LOVE & LOSS is the story about Jane’s relationship with Namgyal and the consequences of Namgyal’s life and death on Jane’s life.

The story takes us through Jane’s personal process of overcoming the grief of losing her Tibetan daughter that culminates in an uplifting conclusion despite the inherently tragic circumstances at the heart of the story.


womans descent to the sacred


This is the film I was recently involved with to secure the Vangelis music rights. It has been selected to show at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Wednesday, October 12 at the Throckmorton in Mill Valley and at the Rafael on Saturday, October 15.

It's a beautiful film by Sherry Ruth Anderson, who co-wrote the bestselling book, "The Feminine Face of God - The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women," among others.  

The film is a project of the Feminine Wisdom School and can be viewed on their website:

I hope you enjoy it.




Saturday, December 6, 2008
Author Appearance and Book Signing

23rd Annual Tibet Day Celebration – 10am to 4pm
Fort Mason Conference Center
Building A – Golden Gate Room
Marina Boulevard @ Buchanan St.
San Francisco

Sponsors: Bay Area Friends of Tibet & the Tibetan Association of Northern California
Donation: $10 Adults; $5 Children 12 and under
Free with current paid BAFoT membership card

Jane Bay will be giving a brief talk sometime between 12:30pm to 3pm at the 23rd Annual Tibet Day Celebration at Fort Mason. Jane will be available to autograph copies of her latest book, LOVE & LOSS – A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth throughout the afternoon.

All proceeds from the sale of LOVE & LOSS will be donated to the Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFoT), a non-sectarian, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Come and experience a unique and enchanting day of all things Tibetan in San Francisco, the third largest Tibetan community in the United States. Tibet Day is the Bay Area’s annual tradition and celebration of Tibetan art, culture, politics and music.

Kunsel – 12 years old

The world-renowned Tibetan child-star, Kunsel, will perform at 12 Noon and at 3:00 PM in the Golden Gate Room in Building A. Kunsel sings her own renditions of classical and contemporary Tibetan songs while playing traditional Tibetan musical instruments.

The 23rd Annual Tibet Day will feature delicious Tibetan cuisine, author presentations, Tibetan medicine and health booths, slide shows, and presentations of traditional Tibetan music and dance, including a performance by the Tibetan Association of Northern California Children’s Chorus.

Hundreds of beautiful handicrafts, including jewelry, clothing, rugs, and ritual objects will be on sale. There will be panel discussions, speeches and other educational activities and presentations about various aspects of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

Proceeds from Tibet Day will go toward helping BAFoT continue to support education about Tibet, as well as towards the capital campaign project to establish the Tibetan Community Center of Northern California (TCCNC).

The mission of TCCNC is to empower Tibetan-Americans of all ages to thrive in the United States, while promoting the continuity and development of Tibetan social, cultural heritage and artistic traditions. The center aims to provide a wide range of social services and educational, recreational, and cultural programming to the Tibetan and Northern California communities.



Thursday, August 2, 2007; 7pm
Film Screening and Book Reading

The Santa Fe Film Center Presents

The Film Center at the Cinemacafe, Sante Fe
Admission: $8.00 (discounts listed below)

On Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 7:00 PM there will be a screening and book-reading with filmmaker Nancee Sobonya and Author Jane Bay. In a program that speaks to everyone's life experience, the Film Center hosts a film screening and discussion with San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker Nancee Sobonya. Sobonya will be joined by Marin County author Jane Bay for a book-reading of her latest book LOVE & LOSS--A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth.

THE GIFTS OF GRIEF is a compelling documentary exploring how seven remarkable people have embraced their pain, learned to live with their loss and engage in life with more awareness and compassion - featuring writer; Isabel Allende, Cecil Williams and others.

LOVE & LOSS is a touching memoir in which Bay shares the tragic loss of her Tibetan foster daughter, Namgyal Youdon, and takes us on a journey through the agonizing process of grieving to ultimately experience the power and healing of unconditional love. The story plays out in the rich cultural history of Tibetan Buddhism.

There will be a Q&A with the author and filmmaker following the presentation. Nancee Sobonya's dvds and Jane Bay's book will be available for purchase at the Santa Fe Film Center which they will be happy to autographed.

The Film Center at the Cinemacafe is located at 1616 St. Michael's Drive in the St. Michael's Village West Shopping Mall. The center is a division of the non-profit Santa Fe Film Festival, offering a year-round selection of independent films, revolving series, educational workshops and varied opportunities for working filmmakers to network and reach out to the public. Except where noted otherwise, admission to Film Center screenings is $8, discounted to $7 for seniors (65 and older) and full-time students with ID, and $6 for Santa Fe Film Festival members. For more information on upcoming Film Center events, visit or call (505) 988-7414.



Saturday, February 3, 2007; 5-10 PM
"Authors on the Move"

Hyatt Hotel, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA

Sacremento's Premier Literary Event Presented by The Sacremento Bee and Wells Fargo

Be taken aloft at this extraordinary evening showcasing the talent of 35 of California’s most aspiring and popular authors! Dine on a sumptuous four course meal and sip boutique wine while the literary entertainment navigates from table to table sharing secrets on their creative inspirations, writing habits and insights into their latest writing venture.

Don’t miss the unique Literary Auction, including the popular Immortality Naming of a character in one of our author’s next novels! All authors will be available before and after dinner to sign books purchased at the onsite bookstore furnished by Borders® Books and Music with 15% of the evening’s book sales donated to the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.

A table for eight is $1,500. Limited number of individual tickets available at $175 each. For reservations or additional information, call (916) 264-2711 or visit

Benefiting the Sacramento Public Library Foundation

"Jane Bay’s memoir of her time with her Tibetan foster daughter is described in her first book, Precious Jewel of Tibet – A Journey to the Roof of the World (1998). Her latest book, Love and Loss – A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth (2006) is something of a sequel, encompassing the bond forged between a motherless child and a childless mother and the consequences of life and death on the author’s life. Bay has worked at Lucasfilm Ltd in Marin County for 30 years and calls herself a “Sunday writer." She is currently working on two other books."

For a complete list of additional authors, please visit:

Since its inception in 1984, the Sacramento Public Library Foundation has raised over $7 million for projects that enrich and expand Sacramento Public Library programs. Funded programs include reading readiness and community learning centers, books and materials endowments, the Schwab-Rosenhouse College & Career Resource Center, the Persian Language Program, One Book Sacramento, The Bee Book Club, and the Central Library’s historic Sacramento Room.


Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 9am
Book talk & Signing

Sylvia Boorstein Meditation Class, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Meditation and teaching by Sylvia Boorstein on what the Buddha said about loss in the Pali canon, how we understand the traditional stories about dealing with death followed by dialogue with Jane regarding LOVE & LOSS.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Woodacre, CA 94973


Sunday, September 17, 2006; 4:00 pm
Filmmaker and Author Talk

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
Admission: $6.50

Through the auspices of the California Film Institute, Marin County author Jane Bay will give a talk about her new book, LOVE & LOSS – A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth, followed by a special engagement screening of the documentary film, THE GIFTS OF GRIEF, directed by Nancee Sobonya and featuring Isabel Allende, the Reverend Cecil Williams, and others.

THE GIFTS OF GRIEF asks a timely important question – How do we transform the tragedy of our losses into a life altering experience that deepens and enriches our lives?

After the screening, Jane and Nancee will participate in a Q&A with the audience. The author and filmmaker will be available to autograph books and DVDs which can be purchased at the theatre following the Q&A.

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA


Saturday, September 9, 2006; 7:30 pm
Concert by Chaksampa, Tibetan Folk Music and Dance

Marin Civic Center, Showcase Theatre, San Rafael, CA
Admission: $15 children, $25 adults

Chaksampa is a Tibetan folk music and dance company formed in the Bay Area in 1989 in response to the threat to Tibetan culture from Chinese occupation. They strive to preserve Tibet’s rich and unique culture, especially the performing arts, in the free world.

Music and dance in independent Tibet provided social entertainment, educated masses on local folklore and Buddhist history, as well as providing a forum for political satire and carried news from one town to another. It created a unifying effect on the various regions of the country and helped develop the cultural identity of Tibet. Legends, stories, dance style and unique singing techniques were handed down from master to student through the centuries.

With the coming of the Chinese occupation, this colorful and joyous form of expression was prevented from continuing in its traditional forms. Instead, the occupiers used Tibetan storytelling and operas to spread their own propaganda. Traditional performance technique was changed to reflect Chinese style, and dance troupes in occupied Tibet are now used to impress foreigners – supposedly demonstrating how the Chinese have preserved local custons, when in fact they are destroying them.


Saturday, September 9, 2006; 4:00 pm
Sand Mandala Dismantle Ceremony

Marin Civic Center/San Rafael - Manzanita Room

Ceremony to dismantle the sand mandala. Following the ceremony, the sand will be disbursed into the Lagoon at the Marin Civic Center to bless the wildlife in the water and all sentient beings in the surrounding area.


Wednesday, September 6–Saturday, September 9, 2006; 10–5 daily
Jane Bay's Photo Exhibit & Losang Samten "Wheel of Life" Sand Mandala

Marin Civic Center/San Rafael - Manzanita Room

Marin Arts Council exhibit of Jane Bay’s portfolio of photographs illustrating each of her journeys to India, Nepal and Tibet that are chronicled in her books, LOVE & LOSS – A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth, and PRECIOUS JEWELS OF TIBET – A Journey to the Roof of the World.

The Venerable Losang Samten, master sandpainter, will construct “The Wheel of Life”, one of the most important mandalas in Tibetan Buddhism. Losang Samten is a former monk from the Dalai Lama’s monastery in India, and Jane Bay’s spiritual friend who is featured in both of her books.

THE WHEEL OF LIFE is a presentation of the Buddhist teaching on the suffering and impermanence of cyclic existence. It is used as a teaching device to illustrate some important ideas in Buddhism, particularly having to do with death and rebirth. It is a valuable tool for psychological introspection as well. No one know for sure when it was first devised, but some believe it goes back to the time of the Buddha himself (2500 years ago).

A sand painting is performed for the benefit of all. The focus and discipline of the painter is an offering of peace and hope for all members of the community. At the end of the construction, the artist’s creation is destroyed to demonstrate the Tibetan philosophy of the impermanence of life. The sand will be ceremonially carried to the Lagoon at the Marin Civic Center to bless all the wildlife in the water and all sentient beings in the area.

"Enlightenment Art"
Article about Losang Samten and sand mandala (Marin IJ, 9/10/06)

Alan Dep
Marin Independent Journal
Article Launched: 09/10/2006

The Tibetan artform of sandpainting is an ancient and sacred practice intended to uplift and benefit everyone who sees it and the environment. It is called mandala of colored powders. The Tibetan name is kyil-khor, or "essence of the circle." It is intended to help people realize their true selves.

This Wheel of Life is 2,500 years old and was a gift from Buddha. When Losang Samten brought this gift to the United States, he was the first to create this mandala in the sand. No two mandalas are the same, but they are the same in concept.

Audio slideshow with additional images available online:

sand mandala

sand mandala work

kids on shoulders

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