“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

Dharma Duo – Teng How Bae and Steve Carson

Jan 7, 2007

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A great way to get to know fellow sangha participants, a "Dharma Duo" features two members of GBF sharing their background, what brought them to Buddhism, and how their practice and experience with the dharma has impacted their lives. 
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Teng How Bae was born into Buddhism. Born in China but raised in Thailand, he has been influenced by both Chinese and Thai traditions of practice, as Buddhism is a part of Chinese and Thai culture. Teng How is also a Tai-Qi master teaching every weekend in Dolores Park in San Francisco. He discovered Tai-Qi back in the early ’80s while running with Front Runners. He started his first class in South City and six months later he was hooked and has been practicing daily for over 20 years. Of TaiQi he says, “Tai-Qi has been giving me a life force in many directions, e.g., focus, centering, calmness, alertness, energy, and body circulation. Tai-Qi is like food that I have to consume every day.” 
Teng How has been the GBF Treasurer for over 17 years, among his numerous other services to the sangha and larger community. 
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After his first quarter century in the great midwest of upstate New York, Steve Carson's life is the Tale of Three Cities. At 25, he packed up and moved to New York to study at Union Theological Seminary. After that, he served for five years as pastor of MCC Boston. In 1990, he moved to San Francisco, where he currently works as a sixth grade teacher. As post-New Yorker, post-Christian, post-pastor, post-50, he is a great believer in the “seasons of life.”

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