The Trey Anastasio Trio will wrap up their forthcoming spring tour with a benefit show in honor of one of the Phish guitarist’s oldest friends, Chris Cottrell, who died of adrenal cancer earlier this year. Billed as Sustain, the concert will take place on April 29th at Terminal West in Atlanta, and will raise money for the WaterWheel Cancer Fund.Sustain will come at the very end of the Trey Anastasio Trio’s first tour since 1999. As previously reported, the group—Anastasio (guitar), Tony Markellis (bass), and Russ Lawton (drums)—will play a series of spring dates that were originally scheduled for the full Trey Anastasio Band. However, those Trey Anastasio Band shows were reworked after TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and the tour was reconstituted as the first Trey Anastasio Trio run in 19 years.Pre-sale tickets for Sustain will go on sale on Thursday, April 5th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Tickets will be available to the general public at noon ET on Friday, April 6th. A full list of upcoming Trey Anastasio Trio and Trey Anastasio Band shows can be found via Trey Anastasio’s website.
Just like any student at Harvard, Swami Sarvapriyananda had dreams about what he would do when he grew up.As he sits in a classroom in Rockefeller Hall on Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) campus wearing his distinctive orange robes, he recalls what he wrote down as his top two choices while at school in his hometown of Bhubaneswar, in the eastern part of India.“No. 1, be a pilot, and No. 2, find God,” he said, smiling at the recognition that this is perhaps where his story begins to depart from others’.Swami Sarvapriyananda, who goes by just “Swami” when there aren’t other swamis around, describes himself as a bookworm, and attributes his early interest in the spiritual life to a childhood without cable television or internet. He could keep himself busy with the books his parents had around instead — books on the Bhagavad Gita or Swami Vivekananda.“As I grew up, being a pilot became No. 2 and find God became No. 1, until only No. 1 remained.”Now a monk of more than 25 years in the Ramakrishna Order, Sarvapriyananda is the current minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York and one of three Hindu monastics in residence at HDS this school year. They are the first to participate in a new program made possible by a generous gift from Vibhu and Ajit Nagral out of their interest in strengthening the Hindu presence on campus.Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and professor of comparative theology, explains that this new program will be similar to the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, which began in 2012 and has provided scholarships for monks to come from Asia for a year of study at HDS.,The new program at HDS has two main objectives: to enrich the HDS community, and to enable the participating monastics to return to their communities with expanded horizons. Two months into the semester, these aims are already flourishing — in both formal and informal ways.The three monastics are easy to spot on campus. As Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya of Houston’s Chinmaya Mission quipped, “We dress quite loudly.” Her bright yellow robes indicate that she is, in her words, “a monastic in training.” Her Nike trainers and cardigan sweaters, however, signal that she and the other monastics don’t shy away from the modern world.Sarvapriyananda says he is open to taking questions from the curious.“I’d be delighted to talk about monastic life, Vedanta, or Hinduism — whatever they’re interested in,” he added. “It’s one of the reasons we’re on campus, actually — to be available.”Before coming to Harvard, Sadhak Akshar, an aspiring Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Swaminarayan sadhu from Gujarat, India, who wears an all-white uniform, wondered how people in the U.S. would receive him.“But from the very first day,” he said, “this hasn’t been a question for me. People accept you as you are and respect you.”He has felt more than welcome, in fact, with many people asking whether he has the necessary clothing to survive a New England winter, and some even offering to take him shopping. He appreciates the kindness he has encountered, recognizing that as a resident of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) on the HDS campus, he lives in “a bubble inside a bubble.”,The grounds around the CSWR provide a quiet place for meditation and study and remind Akshar of Sarangpur, India, where he spent three years with guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj and was inspired to begin his monastic journey. Akshar’s eagerness to learn, easy-going demeanor, and generosity with his Gujarati cooking helped him make friends easily, and he’s thrilled to already have forged “strong bonds” with people from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, and other Hindu traditions.This is a priority for Akshar both because of his guru Mahant Swami Maharaj’s teachings on unity and fraternity, and because of a teaching from the Vedas he can quote: “Let noble thoughts come from all the directions.”He interprets this to mean that “whatever is good anywhere, in any religion, we accept it.”In addition to these kinds of informal interactions, Akshar and the others, who have devoted years to studying their own traditions, are enrolled in courses to learn about new methodologies and traditions. While Akshar and Chaitanya are taking classes on Buddhism and Christianity, Sarvapriyananda is enrolled in a number of philosophy courses — both Eastern and Western. All three are taking Clooney’s “Introduction to the Upanishads,” which are “some of the oldest and most famous primary texts of Vedic and Hindu India, ranging from before 700 B.C. to 200 B.C. and later.”Daniel Sanders, a first-year M.T.S. candidate also in the class, said he was “excited by the opportunity to study these texts with those who have made it their life’s focus to absorb, contemplate, and practice the wisdom found there.” He added that their in-class Sanskrit recitations of the text and insights into interpretation have added “a joyful new dimension to my classroom experience.” “I’m sure when I go back to India, I’ll probably be asked to give talks on my Harvard experience.” — Swami Sarvapriyananda In addition to enriching group discussions, the three monastics have given class presentations about how the Upanishads are studied in each of their traditions. Chaitanya’s two-year residential Vedanta course in Mumbai, India, for example, was entirely different from the kind of objective, academic approaches she was exposed to while pursuing degrees in Sanskrit at the University of Texas, Austin, and at Columbia University.Her experience in India was totally immersive: “There was a lot of lifestyle change that was considered necessary to imbibing the teaching of the Upanishads,” she said, like what time you wake up and what kind of food you eat. “It was almost like being able to take what we studied and to relate it to your every moment. I thoroughly appreciated that style of learning and teaching. It was very inspiring.”Despite years of studying the Upanishads, the monastics also feel they have much to learn from their professor and classmates. Parsana said he is enjoying encountering new perspectives. The students from different religious backgrounds, he said, bring questions to the text that he’s never considered. This kind of exchange is exactly why Chaitanya pursued the opportunity to come to HDS.“I thought it was nice to bring in the theologian’s perspective along with the academic perspective and work collaboratively to think about Hinduism,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that to whatever extent I could.”Chaitanya hopes to be able to bring some of this perspective back to her community, and Sarvapriyananda is also eager to share how things are done at HDS with the acharyas in India who run the monastic training centers.“They want to know what it’s like, what are the teaching methods, how do the students respond to the material,” he explained. “I’m sure when I go back to India, I’ll probably be asked to give talks on my Harvard experience.”For Akshar, who has never had the chance to engage in much interreligious dialogue, the lesson he hopes to take home is the community experience itself.“At Harvard, everyone can have dialogue across the table,” he said. “And this is a nice thing. And now when I go back, I will be more confident in continuing this dialogue, because it is coming from experience.”“On Being a Hindu Monastic: Personal Journeys,” a conversation with Sadhak Akshar, Shweta Chaitanya, and Swami Sarvapriyananda, on will be held 5 p.m. Monday at the CSWR. All are welcome, but please RSVP via the online form.
Home of energy transitionOffshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) is where the energy transition takes place. It is Europe’s leading gathering of the entire offshore energy industry and your opportunity to network with highly qualified experts and professionals across global markets – 7, 8 and 9 October in Amsterdam. For more than 12 years OEEC is unique in bringing together the offshore energy industry sectors oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy. More than 550 exhibitors from around the world present their newest services, projects and innovative products. On top of this OEEC presents international trade missions, pavilions, a premium network lounge and the newly founded Energy Plaza which offers the Start-up Zone, matchmaking areas, the Stage and the Offshore Energy Expertise Hub.Approximately 12,000 professionals will visit the exhibition, take part in strategic discussions and immersive technical conference sessions focusing on the future and technical developments in the industry. Three days of networking and together shaping the future of energy.Inspiring the technicalAs OEEC is home of energy transition, there is no better opportunity to discuss the future of energy than in the place where oil and gas, offshore wind, and marine energy meet. Where are we now, what are we working on, what are the must-haves, what can we develop, where lie the opportunities, what cooperation can we establish? You will find the answers to all these questions during the OEEC conference program. Sessions topics are: The Offshore Energy Outlook, The Energy Transition Live on the North Sea in 2019, Future Energy Systems, The Energy Debate, Digitalization and Game changing Technologies.Visualize the futureBack with a bang for the celebratory tenth edition is Offshore Wind Conference, on 7 and 8 October 2019. In just two days’ time delegates will find out how offshore wind plays and will play a role in the energy transition. Confirmed speakers are Manon van Beek, CEO, TenneT, Huub den Rooijen, Director Energy Minerals and Infrastructure, Crown Estate and Marc Schmitz, Senior Vice President, Rabobank. The conference is supported by our main partner DEME Offshore and our partner Gusto MSC. On Wednesday 9 October, Marine Energy Event will showcase how the marine energy sector delivers marketable solutions to power the energy transition.Celebrate innovation and dedicationThe Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards show, on 7 October 2019, has become a staple in the industry. Opening OEEC in a celebratory manner while also offering a podium for those people, projects and innovations that have moved the offshore energy industry. OEEC has often advocated it is important to celebrate successes within the industry and so the presentation of the three awards will take place again at the Amsterdome in Amsterdam. The awards that are up for grabs are: Best Innovation Award, Public Outreach Award and Young Engineer Award. Nominees will be communicated in the summer of 2019.For more information on the event, head to www.Offshore-Energy.biz.
We have another good lineup of guests tonight on Coaches Corner. For those of you who like story tellers, we are bringing back Ray Tebbe and Mike Wallpe. Both of these gentlemen are retired referees. Both of them have Batesville connections.These gentlemen were on last year and asked for a return engagement because we ran out of time. There are so many things to talk about when veteran referees are involved. Even though both of these men have retired, they are still very aware of what is going on in officiating today. One of my questions will be “How do you feel about all of the time spent reviewing calls in college games today?” Tune in tonight at 6 and hear their answers.