Book Discussion w/Janet Ettele
Do Ngak Kunphen Ling
Tuesday January 16, 23 & 30
7:30 – 8:45 via Zoom
“How Generosity Works” takes place during a snowy, New England winter, so what better time than this coming January to settle in with a book of contemporary Buddhist fiction, and a group of dharma friends to read, and discuss the teachings presented in this story.



Compassion: A Path to Global Well-Being

With The Center for Compassion and Creativity & Quinnipiac Albert Schweitzer Institute

September 29-30, 2022 – Mt. Carmel Auditorium (CCE101) Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

Admission: Free

The challenges we face in the 21st Century are myriad; come explore how to cultivate the skills of active compassion that can help to prepare us individually and as a society to meet these challenges and build a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future.

Through music, contemplation and panel conversations on current issues, the conference will explore:

  • How can we reduce stress, anger, and self-focus?
  • How can we cultivate compassionate insight, well-being and contentment?
  • How can we integrate self-care with caring for others?
  • How can we navigate the challenges in our daily life, communities, and environment?
  • How can compassion provide solutions to the micro, mezzo and macro issues we face?
  • How can we identify and overcome compassion fatigue?

I will be participating as a panelist on Friday, 9/30 in the panel meeting at  1:00PM – Topic: “Finding a Goal for Your Compassion in Your Career and Life.” I will also be performing a piano solo as one of my “Piano Mandalas” (piano music that is meditatively inspired and spontaneously improvised in the moment.)




January 21-February 11, 2021 

Meeting Thursday evenings from 7-8:15PM EST  – via  Zoom 

Your Life is Your Art™ is a four-week workshop that will teach you to be your own “life coach” by presenting methods of inquiry, and tools for personal introspection to gather insights that will springboard you into positive change. Learn them well and you will be able to apply them for the rest of your life.

Covid-19 and other conditions of uncertainty have changed the landscape of our world and plunged each of us into a multi-dimensional state of transition. In this workshop we will explore how transitions bring us to a field of uncertainty, yet are incredibly fertile when we convert the energy of handwringing into “tilling the field” by creatively designing our “What’s Next.”

We will meet weekly on Thursday evenings beginning January 21  through February 11, 2021 from 7-8:15PM EST.   The fee for all four sessions is $140.00.

Your Life is Your Art™ is for you if you:

  • Want to play a more active, deliberate, and conscious role in your own life
  • Are motivated to create positive change in your life
  • Have a strong desire to live joyfully and meaningfully
  • Are willing to dedicate effort and time between meetings to work and engage with things presented and learned
  • Are willing to make a four-week commitment to yourself and to the group

Registration is limited to six participants, so sign up now!

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On November 3, 2019 Living Compassion II at Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT

I will be accompanying Tibetan flute player and Grammy nominee Nawang Khechog, and Arthur Lipner on marimba in the musical portion of a multi-media performance presenting the story of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Life in words, music and images: “You’ll discover the inspirational journey of the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet as a young monk who then grew into fulfilling his destiny to lead all the world to find, explore, and embrace a compassionate way of life.” Our music will be improvised and inspired by the compassion that is at the root of the Dalai Lama’s teaching.

Interview with Marshall Miles on Robin Hood Radio

Marshall Miles Interviews Janet Ettele, Author of the “How Life Works” Series, Saturday March 23 at Scoville Memorial Library, 4pm



Honored to have been a guest on the Reasonably Catholic program on WESU-FM where I discussed commonalities between Christianity and Buddhism – and really – the thing at the heart of humanity with or without religion: Compassion.

Practicing compassion: the Buddhist path to peace


Very appreciative of hello, Bethel! for this article they just published about my work in music, writing and coaching and the path that led me here, and to Jennie Davidson Brown for pulling all the varied threads together so nicely! . Read more here:

Interview: Bethel Author Shares Buddhist Teachings – Inner Peace as a Way of Life

Hersam Acorn Press, February 15, 2018

Living Compassion, The Dalai Lama’s Life Story in Music, Words, and Pictures

Mini-Documentary by Irina Patkanian and Ralph Augustus Ford

It was an honor for me to participate both as Associate Producer and pianist performing with the Dalai Lama’s beautiful and brilliant niece, Tencho Gyatso and Grammy Award nominee, Tibetan Flutist, Nawang Khechog for the concert held at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield Connecticut, June 17, 2017.

Celebrating compassion, Tencho Gyatso’s narration of the story of the Dalai Lama’s life outlined his powerfully moving journey beginning from the time he was two years old and first recognized as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama through his escape from Tibet as a young monk during the Communist Chinese invasion of Tibet and then as he continued on to fill his role as a world leader and one of the most beloved men of our time.

Nawang Khechog gave a beautiful performance on a variety of Tibetan flutes as well as his own designed creation, the Universal Horn. The pieces he and I performed together were improvisations intended to convey, even in the midst of violence and turmoil, the hopefulness, strength, and always present spirit of compassion and wisdom that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has never failed to demonstrate.

“Living Compassion”from Ralph A Fordon Vimeo.

Listen to the radio interview with Dr. Henry Grayson.  Janet and Dr. Grayson talk about How Generosity Works, and some of the Buddhist teachings that are presented in the book.


Massage Therapy Journal, Fall 2009 Issue: Lead article written as a guide for massage therapists opening their own practice or bringing new life to an existing practice. Read Article

Read my guest post on blog: The Creative Power of Mindfulness

Giving Notice Nowreviewed How Patience Works

AuthorsReadingreviewed How Patience Works

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Thank you Alice Hutchinson at Byrd’s Booksfor hosting such a lovely afternoon for How Patience Works