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.
A WOMAN'S 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:
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.
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
– 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
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
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
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
August 2, 2007; 7pm
Film Screening and Book Reading
The Santa Fe Film
Center Presents THE GIFTS OF GRIEF - LOVE
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,
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
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,
or call (505) 988-7414.
February 3, 2007; 5-10 PM
"Authors on the Move"
Hyatt Hotel, 1209 L Street, Sacramento,
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
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 www.saclibfoundation.org.
Benefiting the Sacramento Public Library Foundation
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."
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
November 8, 2006; 9am
Book talk & Signing
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
September 17, 2006; 4:00 pm
Filmmaker and Author Talk
Smith Rafael Film Center
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
September 6–Saturday, September 9, 2006;
Jane Bay's Photo Exhibit & Losang Samten "Wheel
of Life" Sand Mandala
Marin Civic Center/San
Rafael - Manzanita Room
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
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
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)
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.