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Lichtenstein Sculptures Settle In at Parrish

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By Stephen J. Kotz

Two security guards who usually patrol the galleries of the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill were pressed into service directing traffic at the museum’s entrance on Montauk Highway Thursday afternoon, as workers prepared a concrete slab for the placement of one of Roy Lichtenstein’s Tokyo Brushstroke sculptures while a small band of onlookers stood by.

It was a slow process, as could be expected, to move a pair of towering aluminum sculptures, the larger of which weighs more than six tons, the other two-and-a-half tons, into proper position, where, for the foreseeable future, they will be seen by the thousands of drivers who pass the museum every day.

“We are very pleased that we are able to offer the community a significant work by an artist of his stature,” said Terrie Sultan, the museum’s director, who braved the unseasonably cold weather to answer questions for those waiting for workers to finish drilling holes to place large anchor bolts deep in the concrete pads.

“They will be here for a long, long time,” she said of the sculptures, which are on an open-ended loan to the museum from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in cooperation with the collectors Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and the Fuhrman Family Foundation.

Ms. Sultan said it was far too early to speculate if more sculptures by other artists will be added to the vast lawn in front of the museum, a barn-like building of poured concrete that was designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. “We have only been here 18 months,” Ms. Sultan said. “The landscaping hasn’t even come in yet.”

She added that bringing in such sculptures is a costly and complicated process, never mind the fact that “scale is a major factor because the building is quite definitive in its presence.”

But Ms. Sultan said she was convinced the Lichtenstein sculptures, which are mostly painted in the primary colors of blue, red, and yellow, would become a “cultural beacon” that would help draw visitors to the museum’s new home.

The museum director called Mr. Lichtenstein “one of the most important American artists of the 20th century.”

“He was one of the major forbearers of the Pop Art movement,” she continued. “He was incredibly innovative in how he made art. He definitely changed the way we looked at the intersection of art and culture.”

Mr. Lichtenstein, who was born and raised in New York City, is best known for his comic-strip inspired paintings including “Whaam!,” which depicts an American jet fighter blowing up an enemy plane, and “Drowning Girl, in which a thought bubble above the subject’s head says, “I don’t care! I’d rather sink—than call Brad for help!”

He and his wife, Dorothy, who remains on the museum’s board, began coming to Southampton in the 1960s, moving there full-time in 1970 and beginning a long relationship with the Parrish. In 1982, the museum presented a show of many of the artist’s early works, and Ms. Lichtenstein was a major donor to the museum’s capital plan, according to Ms. Sultan.

Mr. Lichtenstein came to sculpture later in his career, according to Ms. Sultan, who said it was “a natural progression” for the artist to want to experiment in a three-dimensional medium.

Tokyo Brushstrokes I and II were created in 1994, just three years before Mr. Lichtenstein’s death in 1997 at the age of 83.

The pieces are part of a larger series of “Brushstrokes” that on display in cultural centers across the world, including Paris and Madrid, as well as the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Sultan said that it is common practice for an artist to retain the rights to an artist’s proof of large-scale pieces like those from the Brushstroke series, which Mr. Lichtenstein did. In 2007, his estate exercised the right to execute the artist’s proof. The pieces were in storage in Rhode Island until they were installed last week, while the original remains on display in Tokyo.

“They really look great. They are just beautiful,” Ms. Sultan said of recently installed pieces on Monday. They offer a great contrast to the horizontal of the nature of the building.”

Katy Graves Named Sag Harbor School District Superintendent

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The new Sag Harbor School District Superintendent Katy Graves will begin her term July 1.

By Tessa Raebeck & Kathryn G. Menu

Katy Graves was named the new superintendent of the Sag Harbor School District by a unanimous vote of the school board Wednesday night.

Ms. Graves, who will begin work on July 1, received a three-year contract and will be paid an annual salary of $215,000.  Ms. Graves is currently the superintendent of the Stamford Central School District near Albany.

“We were able to come up with an overwhelming decision that the candidate we’re presenting tonight is the perfect superintendent for the Sag Harbor School District,” said board president Theresa Samot while introducing Ms. Graves at Wednesday night’s meeting.

According to Ms. Samot, School Leadership—the firm hired to conduct the search for the new superintendent—brought together 150 people in focus groups, and collected 50 completed online surveys to help it define criteria in its nationwide search.

A total of 55 applications from across the country were filed with School Leadership during the search. Those candidates were screened and the field was narrowed to six finalists. Following interviews with all six candidates, Ms. Samot said the selection of Ms. Graves was unanimous by the board.

“Selecting a superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities of any board of education,” said Ms. Samot in a press release issued after Ms. Graves’s appointment. “After an extensive and thorough search, Ms. Graves was selected from among a pool of more than 55 highly competent candidates. We are extremely confident that she possesses the professional vision, administrative experience, character and interpersonal communication skills to successfully lead our school district to the next level of success.”

“During our interview process, it quickly became apparent that Katy was the clear choice as our next superintendent,” continued Ms. Samot. “Her professionalism, experience, engaging personality and enthusiasm to work with our administrators, staff, parents and community residents to ensure that all of our students reach their highest potential were important qualifications identified by our stakeholders.”

“I would like to thank the board of education for their vote of confidence,” said Ms. Graves. “I look forward to working with the administrators, staff, students and their families and community residents. Together, I am confident we can achieve an even greater level of excellence for all students. I’m also anxious to meet with students and hear about their goals for the future.”

“Thank you to Dr. [Carl] Bonuso for creating a learning environment where everyone works together for the common good of all students,” she added.

Prior to serving in her current position in Stamford, Ms. Graves was the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at the Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District. She possesses a certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school leadership from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a master of science degree in health education from Sage Graduate School, and a bachelor of science in home economics/clinical dietetics from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Ms. Graves will replace interim superintendent Dr. Bonuso, who has served the district for the past two years, beginning in the summer of 2012. Dr. Bonuso replaced Superintendent Dr. John Gratto, who resigned in July 2012.

According to Ms. Samot, Ms. Graves has already rented a home in Sag Harbor to become better acquainted with the community.

Village Preservation Society of East Hampton Offers $5,000 Grant for Deer Spaying Program

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The Village Preservation Society of East Hampton announced late last week that it would provide a $5,000 grant this year to help start a program to spay female deer in the Village of East Hampton.

According to a press release issued last week, the  society conducted two informational forums over the last four years, which brought experts in deer management to the area, including Dr. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo, Inc., a leader in the field of deer spaying as a form of population control.

In addition, new, relaxed requirements for where bow hunting can take place were approved last month by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to allow increased hunting locally.

“Statistics show that 50 percent of the herd must be killed each year to keep pace with the birth rate,” said the society’s chairwoman, Joan D. Osborne. “The new DEC discharge limits will have little impact in the village, and the hunting community will be hard pressed to kill half the herd each year. Another method must be introduced to bring the herd to sustainable levels. We know that spaying is 100-percent effective at controlling reproduction and would be an easier method to employ in the village.”

The preservation society provides a $5,000 grant annually for historic preservation projects and also funds initiatives that it believes are important quality-of-life issues.

“This is our first grant for deer management, and we are hopeful the village board will provide a line item in its upcoming budget so private funding of this important project will no longer be necessary,” said preservation society grants committee chairwoman Andree Dean.

The grant will be contingent upon commitment by the village board to follow through on a deer spaying program within a reasonable time frame.

Ciencia@CMEE Celebrates Science

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George and Mia Castiblanco attend a fiesta in celebration of Ciencia@CMEE (Science at CMEE), an afterschool program designed for families whose first language is Spanish, on April 12. Developed and taught by educators Leah Oppenheimer and Barbara Blaisdell, the program, which grew out of suggestions made to CMEE’s Latino Parents Advisory Council, is underwritten by the Long Island Community Foundation.

Sag Harbor’s Dodds & Eder – A New Venue for Local Artists

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As Dottie Simons and Carrie Leopold take the reins at Dodds and Eder, the expansive home furnishings stores in the back parking lot of Sag Harbor Village, they bring an appreciation of local artistic talent with them. As a result, they are diving right in with an opening this weekend for four local artists, who work in different mediums, from wood carving to painting to textiles to metal sculpture. Despite their different approaches, the artists’ work has the potential to make a statement in the home.

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John Cino, a sculptor from Patchogue, works with wood in an organic, responsive way to create his hand-carved sculptures. Of the four pieces on display at Dodds and Eder, three are closely linked in a series called “Tome.”

“A tome is a heavy book,” explained Mr. Cino, “and they are all related to turning a book into a sculpture. The freestanding sculpture is meant to evoke a sense you get when you’re surrounded by books.”

Each of these pieces is about the size of a table top, between 11 inches wide and 19 inches tall. They are all carved from a single piece of mahogany.

Mr. Cino is patient in his work, and he clearly has a love affair with wood.

“The woods are beautiful in and of themselves,” he said, “and they get to be very seductive on their own.”

He recalls a time he was at the ocean with his son, and they encountered a giant piece of driftwood. When his son suggested he turn it into a work of art, Mr. Cino responded, “These are finished already.”

But that moment when you start to cut into the wood and reveal the grain, he says, that’s when you touch something beautiful.

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Sagaponack resident Maria Schon is an oil painter who draws much of her inspiration from memories of her childhood in Venezuela. Her work is exclusively landscapes, but the landscapes often have a human quality to them.

“My landscapes can be very feminine, voluminous shapes,” said Ms. Schon, “that could be breasts or hips, the water or the ocean. There’s something very pregnant about the shapes and composition.”

Even though her work is representational, depicting mountains, water, and sky, she says she is always pushing it to the abstract level.

“It’s about shapes in the composition,” she said. “The ocean is a beautiful shape with texture. One of the qualities I try to capture within each piece is an atmospheric presence, a quality of light, all the pieces integrated into one composition.”

Even though her pieces may end up all over the world, she sees them as intimately related to one another.

“They are all interconnected,” Ms. Schon said. “Where one line ends in one painting, another will pick up. It’s a continuous motion of waves of shapes and that’s part of an unfolding narrative.”

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East Hampton resident Casey Dalene is a textile painter, and on her fabrics you can actually see the texture of the brush strokes.

“I design the collection myself,” she said, “hand paint all the artwork, and have the fabrics printed with my patterns.”

She sees it as a crucial element of her work to show the artistic process and not let it get lost in the production.

“The goal with my textile designs is to show as much of the original artwork as possible. I want the hand of the artist to show in the prints,” she said.

The work she’ll show at Dodds and Eder was originally acrylic on paper that used a technique of dry brush strokes. This allows the viewer to see each individual bristle of the paint brush.

“This is just one of the ways I am working to bring the viewer closer to the artist behind the design,” Ms. Dalene said.

James DeMartis, an East Hampton-based metalworker and sculptor, will have three indoor pieces on display in this upcoming show, and then a fourth outdoor piece going up later in the summer.

The metal and glass pieces he’ll show are about 16 years old, and they come from a time when he was experimenting with the use of color and glass with wrought iron.

“The other piece is a bit more recent,” he said. “It’s an exploration of form and negative space.”

Mr. Demartis said he enjoys showing his older work, which he describes as more detailed than his newer, more minimal pieces. He was particularly happy to see how his metal and glass pieces played off the artwork of Ms. Schon.

“The pieces work beautifully together,” said M. Demartis. “The colors and forms play well together.”

He attributes this harmony to the collaboration between curator Kathy Zeiger and the new owners of Dodds and Eder.

“This is a promising collaboration,” he said, “for the space as well as for the community.”

He pointed out that, as a sculptor, it can be particularly challenging to find good venues to show his work.

“Dodds and Eder has plenty of floor space, and they welcome the work,” he said.

The show will be on display at Dodds and Eder at 11 Bridge Street in Sag Harbor until May 10, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Mental Evaluation Ordered for Sagaponack Resident in Arson Case

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David Osiecki is led from the Southampton Town Justice Court after having his arraignment adjourned pending his aquisition of legal counsel on Easter Sunday.

David Osiecki is led from the Southampton Town Justice Court after having his arraignment adjourned pending his aquisition of legal counsel on Easter Sunday.

By Kathryn G. Menu

A psychological evaluation has been ordered for former Sag Harbor resident David Osiecki, after the 54-year-old was charged with arson in connection with a fire that seven fire departments battled at an oceanfront residence in Bridgehampton last weekend.

Mr. Osiecki, who police said is a Sagaponack resident, was arrested on Saturday by Southampton Town Police and charged with arson in the third degree, a class C felony, after a fire caused heavy damage to a house on Dune Road in Bridgehampton. He was also charged with arson in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor, for his alleged involvement in a brush fire set Friday on Hayground Road.

At his arraignment on Monday morning, Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni ordered a psychological evaluation to determine whether Mr. Osiecki was fit to stand trial at the request of his attorney, Brian DeSesa of the Sag Harbor law firm Edward Burke Jr. & Associates.

“He does have a history of mental illness, which is well documented,” said Mr. DeSesa of his client in an interview on Wednesday morning. Mr. DeSesa noted that Mr. Osiecki had been hospitalized in a psychiatric facility. The evaluation should be completed in two weeks time, he said. If he were found to be competent, criminal proceedings would continue. Otherwise, Mr. Osiecki will be placed in a facility for treatment, said Mr. DeSesa.

On Monday, Mr. Oseicki was send to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for May 15.

According to police, the house fire, at 187 Dune Road, was called into police at 5:49 a.m. Saturday. The Bridgehampton Fire Department called in help from the Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, North Sea, Southampton and Hampton Bays fire departments.

The blaze was declared suspicious by Southampton Town Police Detectives, and the Suffolk County Arson Squad was brought to the scene to investigate the fire’s cause.

“We believe the fire started in a grill area under a pergola,” said Bridgehampton Fire Department Chief Gary Horsburgh, although the chief added the fire is still under investigation.

Chief Horsburgh said fighting the fire caused a significant amount of water damage on the east side of the residence, which, according to town records, is owned by a Helene Feldman. In 2011, the five-bedroom, five-bath oceanfront home was listed for sale for $34 million.

Chief Horsburgh added firefighters had to battle the blaze inside walls and in the ceiling.

“It was a hard fire to fight,” he said.

According to Chief Horsburgh one volunteer from East Hampton was overheated during the blaze, but that there were no other injuries.

Hampton Classic Unveils 2014 Poster Art

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The Hampton Classic Horse Show announced Monday that Julie Freund, a native of Westtown, New York, has been selected as its 2014 poster artist.

The Hampton Classic will return to Bridgehampton August 24 to 31 for its 39th year of equestrian competition.

“In many of my paintings I like to take the everyday images that equestrians see, and create a work of art that is recognizable and yet done in a way that emphasizes the beauty of the sport and of the animal,” said Ms. Freund of her inspiration for the poster, “Paseo.” “Equestrian sport requires training, precise technique and conditioning, just as the act of painting. Both require a knowledge of the materials and patience that when done right produce a wonderful connection to the human center.”

Equestrian sport has always been a big part of Mr. Freund’s life. She has shown in the hunter, jumper, and the equitation classes at many “A” rated competitions along the East Coast ranging from Lake Placid to Ocala, Florida. Ms. Freund attended Bridgewater College in central Virginia, where she majored in fine arts, before transferring to the Savannah College of Art and Design, from which she recently graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and double minor in equestrian studies and art history. The artist currently works and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she rides and trains sport horses at Vintage View Farm.

 

Fit4Mom is Fit for Sag Harbor

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By Kathryn Menu

Like many first-time mothers, Brooke Cracco fell instantly in love with her newborn twin sons, William and Dean. But her pregnancy and her sons’ premature entry into the world, had not been without their challenges.

While her children were healthy, Ms. Cracco found that motherhood was an isolating experience.

That was until one day, less than a year ago, when she bundled up the twins for a daily walk on a boardwalk in Sunken Meadow Park near her home in Northport.

“There was a mom instructing a group of 20 women, each with a stroller,” said Ms. Cracco. “And these girls were sweating and crunching and singing to their babies. I needed that. And so I took my first class.”

What Ms. Cracco didn’t know was in taking that first Stroller Strides and Fit4Mom class she was about to embark on a journey that would change the shape of not only her body, but also her professional career.

Ms. Cracco earned her national certification from Fit4Mom last September to teach classes in Nassau County. But the Sagaponack native kept hearing from friends on the South Fork about how they were looking for a similar experience—a place where they could engage in a full-body workout with like-minded moms without the burden of having to figure out childcare arrangements.

“I wanted to bring it home and then this opportunity came up in December,” said Ms. Cracco.

Ms. Cracco now owns the Hamptons Fit4Mom franchise and began by teaching a series of indoor classes at Evolution Fitness in Southampton. After meeting with the Mashashimuet Park Board, Hamptons Fit4Mom will launch its outdoor Stroller Strides classes in Sag Harbor, starting Wednesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. If Wednesday weather calls for rain, the event will be held on Tuesday, April 29.

Photographer Diana Lee will be on hand to shoot portraits of everyone who signs up for the grand opening class, the first 25 participants will receive goodie bags, and raffle prizes from both local and national sponsors will also be offered. A free stroller strides class will begin at 11 a.m.

Following the grand opening, the class will be held at Mashashimuet Park every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m., with classes moving inside at Evolution Fitness on rainy or cold days.

Fit4Mom is the country’s largest fitness program for expectant and new mothers, with more than 250 franchises offering classes for every stage of motherhood.

Ms. Cracco will also launch a stroller barre class on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the YMCA East Hampton Rec Center on Gingerbread Lane.

“The stroller barre class mixes stroller strides, the barre method, L.A. Pilates and yoga,” she said. “It’s a great, killer transform-your-body kind of class.”

While all of the Hamptons Fit4Mom classes are designed to give clients a full body, strenuous workout, Ms. Cracco noted it is about more than just getting your body in shape. It’s also about connecting with other mothers.

“It’s a community of moms that develops through these classes,” she said. “It is a full-body workout, but it is also about getting your mind refocused and your spirits recharged. It really becomes a culture, a community.”

“It’s just nice to have an outlet for yourself, and to be able to find that connection with other people,” she added.

And don’t forget those helpful endorphins.

The class is ultimately designed to give mothers an invigorating workout, starting with a warm up that leads into stretching, power lunges, and cardio and muscle exercises.

“You are constantly on the go,” said Ms. Cracco.

And your child? They are entertained.

“The kids really stay engaged in this class,” she said. “There have been so many moms who tell me, ‘My kid will never stay in the stroller’, but they do. They are listening to goofy songs, and it becomes something the children look forward to because it is interactive. This is fitness for the mom, fun for the baby.”

For more information on Hamptons Fit4Moms, visit hamptons.fit4moms.com or call 516-480-4341. 

Arson Charge Levied After Bridgehampton Fire

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Update, Sunday, April 20:

Southampton Town Police Detectives arrested David Osiecki, 54, of Sagaponack and charged him with arson in the third degree, a class C felony, in connection with a house fire at a $34 million home on Dune Road in Bridgehampton Saturday.

According to police, Mr. Osiecki, formerly of Sag Harbor, was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. He was also charged with arson in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor, for his alleged involvement in a prior brush fire in the Bridgehampton-Hayground area. He was held overnight for arraignment and was expected to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, several fire departments on the South Fork were called in by the Bridgehampton Fire Department to battle a blaze on Dune Road. The fire, which was dispatched to the Bridgehampton Fire Department at 5:53 a.m., was fought with additional firefighters from the Amagansett, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, North Sea, Southampton and Hampton Bays Fire Departments, was declared suspicious by the Southampton Town Police Department, whose detectives, along with the Suffolk County Arson Squad, were investigating the fire’s cause and origin.

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Ross Students Offered a Lesson in the Transience of Life

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Lama Tenzin, a Tibetan Monk, creates a Mandala of Tara with colored sand at the lower campus of the Ross School on Thursday.

Lama Tenzin, a Tibetan Monk, creates a Mandala of Tara with colored sand at the lower campus of the Ross School on Thursday.

By Tessa Raebeck; Michael Heller photo

In 1961, two years after Communist China invaded Tibet, 8-year-old Tenzin Yignyen and his parents fled their homeland for India, where they found refuge with other exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala.

Their possessions were gone, and their life uprooted, but rather than giving into hatred toward the Chinese and distrusting the world, the Yignyens—like many other Tibetan families—turned to compassion.

“War is the worst, and it cannot solve any problems; Love and kindness is the fundamental source of our happiness,” Lama Tenzin, now an ordained Buddhist monk, told students in a presentation at the Ross School Friday morning.

Lama Tenzin, who was ordained by the Dalai Lama and earned the highest degree from the Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala, spent four days at the school last week meditating and meeting with parents, students and staff. His visit culminated in the creation of a mandala, a cosmic diagram representative of the universe, and in this case, a celestial mansion for Tara, the female deity of clarity.

An ancient art form originated in 6th century B.C India, mandalas can be used as spiritual teaching tools to develop virtuous intentions and paths. Lama Tenzin brought white marble dust from India and dyed it into various shades of green, yellow, orange, red and blue. Using a long metal funnel called a chakpu, Lama Tenzin meticulously applied the colored sand to an outlined design, working his way from the center outward. Each line is precise, with every inch of the mandala taking minutes to construct.

By Thursday afternoon, Lama Tenzin had constructed a full mandala, a large circular design about 5 feet in diameter.

Sand mandalas are created in the spirit of impermanence and non-attachment; the monks spend hours creating beautiful designs and when they are finished, they destroy them. The Tara mandala was dismantled in a ceremony Friday morning, when Lama Tenzin chanted, blessed the sand and made the first “cuts” through the mandala, dispersing the sand. The children then used sponge-like brushes to push the sand from the mandala’s edge to the center, blending the distinct, orderly blocks of color into a chaotic rainbow.

“When I cut the mandala,” Lama Tenzin explained, “you should envision all the obstacles in the whole world—particularly for your school—have been removed.”

The sand, blessed by the monk, is then offered to a body of water “for the benefit of marine life, the environment and all sentient beings,” according to Lama Tenzin. Following the dismantling, students, parents and staff members accompanied Lama Tenzin to Long Beach in Noyac to disperse the blessed sand into the bay.

“He makes mandalas to represent that nothing can last forever,” said Francesca, a fourth grade student at Ross, of Lama Tenzin.

“He’s very respectful and he’s a very nice person,” her classmate Gabe added.

Lama Tenzin uses the Tara mandala as a tool to educate the children on overcoming obstacles. The intention, he said, is “to let them know they are spending many, many years to become a smart person…. Smart cannot make them happy.”

“Most important to make them happy is to educate your heart,” he said of the children. “To remind them that [a] good heart is extremely important, compassion is extremely important.”

“We don’t need breakfast, we don’t need cell phones…. Our future generation should be the happier people, as well as make the world a better place to live,” he added.

Lama Tenzin outlined life’s obstacles and the intentions that can overcome them. Doubt and suspicion is overcome with trust, ignorance with wisdom, and wrong views and expectations with realistic views and common sense.

“He teaches us about peace and teaches us to not be greedy and be happy with what we have,” said student Dorothea.

“I think it’s good to have him at the school because he told us we shouldn’t be paying so much attention to what we want,” her classmate, Evvy added. “We should be really thankful for what we have instead of wanting more things…. It’s very important to just learn new things.”

“Surrounded by loving people, you are more happy,” he said, citing the importance of moral ethics. “Educating the heart is extremely important for individual happiness and world peace—how to see the wider perspective, not the narrow point.”

Lama Tenzin said one could be a billionaire with no financial worries and still be miserable if one’s heart did not have compassion.

“Good people with big hearts should live long on this planet,” he said. “Bad people… they die soon.”

“Whenever a problem comes, you should [look at the] wider perspective, different angles,” he added. “You reduce suffering that comes from that problem cause you look from every direction. Mandala is [the] guide map to reach [a high] level of happiness.”

“He’s a good inspiration and role model,” Ross student Elyse said of the monk Thursday. “He teaches good things and you can look up to him.”

“He teaches us about important things like patience, wisdom, love, and compassion,” her friend, Maya, added. “He also taught us that the best way to take care of mistakes is not to make them.”

“I really love you and I really see very many beautiful students,” Lama Tenzin told the group gathered for the dismantling ceremony Friday morning. “You have a bright future and you will make this world a better place to live. The essence of this message is: if you can, help others.”

“If you hurt all the time other people—you lost all your friends and good people, so you feel very lonely on this planet,” he continued. “You should love everyone, but don’t be too attached. Enjoy, love each other, but don’t expect too much from that person or that object.”

Holding up his index finger and thumb about an inch apart, he said, “Human life is very short.”

“We don’t have time for stress, worry,” he said, shrinking down under his hands. “Why you do that? Enjoy each and every moment—that is very important, okay?”

At Long Beach Friday, Lama Tenzin chanted and blessed the sand, reconnecting it to its home in nature. Once a detailed painting, the colored sand was blended together in a vase, with the individual shades lost.

After his prayer, the exiled Tibetan brought the sand to the water’s edge, chanting as he dispersed clumps into the water and the gray-blue mounds were swept away by the waves.

“No single part of the world is independent, everybody is for each other,” Lama Tenzin said. “Whoever you are, if you have love and compassion, that will make you beautiful forever.”